Monday, May 2, 2011

Plan B

Plan A is always the best option when faced with any situation, gaming or no gaming. But it's always good to have a backup plan. And it's also great to know what to do on the fly. As a raid leader it makes me proud when I see the members of my raid think on their feet and save the day! Like when the healer dies and both your shadow priest and ret paladin start spam healing the tank without being asked and you end up winning the fight! It took longer of course but you made it.

Dinner can end up being like that sometimes. Something you tried just didn't work out but you've got some time for a do-over. I found myself in this quandary just the other day. I was rummaging through my pantry and fridge and thinking to myself..Plan B...Plan B...Plan...B! Suddenly it came to me as I spotted a couple of Bacon-wrapped Beef fillets that I wanted to use for something. And there was that half container of Brussels Sprouts that needed to be used. As well as that quarter bag of Baby Spinach. And ooo Black Olives! Oh yes, I was on a roll! I could toss it in some Balsamic vinegar with Basil! And wouldn't all that go great with some Baking potatoes? Okay that last one was reaching just a little bit. Either way, Plan B turned out pretty tasty with some steak sauce!

Plan B

4 Servings | Total Time: 40 min | Artisan

  • 4 Bacon Wrapped Beef Fillets
  • 2 Baking Potatoes
  • 1 cup Brussels Sprouts
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Tbl Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
  • 1 Tbl Basil, dried
  • 1 cup Whole Black Olives
  • 1 cup Baby Spinach
  • 1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Steak Sauce, optional
Craft: In a large pan, heat 1 Tbl of oil over high heat. Add fillets to the pan and quickly sear both sides. Reduce heat and let cook 5-8 minutes or until steak is at desired doneness. Meanwhile, poke several holes in the potatoes and cook in the microwave for 3 minutes each then let cool. Trim all the Brussel sprouts and slice in half. Dice the onion. When the potatoes are cooled, dice them into 1” cubes. In another large pan with lid, heat 1 Tbl of oil over medium heat. Add onion, basil, potatoes and Brussel Sprouts and cook 3 minutes, covered. Add spinach. Cook until spinach just starts to wilt then add Balsamic vinegar. Salt & Pepper to taste. Cook 5 minutes more, uncovered. Add olives and stir to incorporate.

Strategies: If you want even more flavor, add a splash of cooking wine.

LFM: Chocolate Chip Cookies! (We went from Plan A to Plan B to Plan...C? *hyuck hyuck hyuck*)

  • Bacon Wrapped Beef Fillets | $5.00
  • Baking Potatoes | $1.50
  • Brussels Sprouts | $1.00
  • Onion | $0.75
  • Whole Black Olives | $1.25
  • Baby Spinach | $1.50
Total Cost: $11.00
Cost Per Serving: $2.75

Category: Casual

*This meal contains staple items such as spices that you may or may not have in your pantry so your cost may vary.

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