Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Simple one pan meals

Hi my friends!!!

I enjoy cooking, but I don't pretend to be an amazing gourmet chef. I just know what I think tastes good and make things I like to eat. Sometimes I try to go the extra mile and prepare something that requires a bit more effort, but for the most part I make quick, simple meals.

I am sure the vast majority of you are much better cooks than me! But perhaps one or two of you are visiting because you need a little encouragement to get into the kitchen and turn up the heat!

Today I just want to say that preparing food can be so simple and easy.

Here is a meal I made -again- the other night: lamb and peppers. Total chopping time 2 minutes, total cooking time maybe 10 minutes, only one pot to clean. (only one dish if you ate out of the pan! haha) Total ingredients: 8 including salt. And let me tell you, it was DELICIOUS.

Cut up peppers and red onion, saute in bit of bacon grease. Cut up lamb, garlic, and thyme - throw in same pan with a bit more bacon grease. Sprinkle lamb with pimenton de la vera and salt while it sears to medium rare. Done.

Eat. Make mmmm sounds. Lick plate. Pat full belly. Smile contentedly.

Tell me - do you often cook elaborate meals or do you make simple dishes like this? Which do you prefer to eat?

On another topic...

The other day I was listening to NPR and happened upon an interview with Eckhart Tolle. Are you familiar with him? He is AMAZING. Take a moment to listen to the interview if you get a chance,  or watch this video series. I am re-reading The Power of NOW, what a great book. I have not read his more recent book - A New Earth - have any of you?
At the same time I am also reading I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell. Quite disparate material...haha!

Have an awesome day!


  1. Yes, Yes and Yes. ;-)

    First yes; For almost 3 years I've been blogging and my aim is always to show people how simple it can be. Your recipe is prime example.

    Second yes;I prefer simple, sometimes more elaborate when I have the time.

    Third yes; LOVE Eckhart! You can follow him on twitter....great tweets.


  2. I really, really like Tolle and his books. Such good, rational lessons.

    Have a great day Twinsie!


  3. I have not cooked with lamb very much. You definately got my attention when you used bacon grease. I think I will give it a try. Thanks!

  4. Hi my friends! Thanks for the comments!

    Marc- I'm glad you are in agreement! :) Thx for the tip for Tolle on twitter, so awesome! I'm following him now.

    Carrie - my little twin! I have no words for how amazing ET is. I want to say brilliant, but that doesn't really work...

    Chilebrown- thanks so much for leaving a comment! I love both lamb and bacon grease...together - even better!

    Have a fantastic day!

  5. I think that sometimes the best meals are the ones I get when I throw the week's leftovers in a pan! If you have good ingredients, it's amazing what you can make out of a few random things. On my blog sometimes I will post 'Dinner Challenges' which basically are about turning simple leftover ingredients into a great dish.

  6. Hi Kat, So true. The random meals can be quite delicious! They force you to be a little creative. I've seen your dinner challenges, they are great!

    Have a wonderful evening! Thanks for visiting!

  7. Yummy,

    Stumbled onto your blog from Marc's site. Great stuff here too. I really enjoy eating paleo/primal and with all the sites I am finding with such simple and delicious recipes it makes cooking even easier for me.

    I plan on trying out that eggplant recipe tomorrow.


  8. Hi Dan! I'm glad you found my little goofy site! There are so many great paleo/primal blogs out there- I love checking them all out too! So many wonderful recipes and ideas!

    Let me know how the eggplant comes out. I hope you have some toothpicks! :)

    Thanks for leaving a comment!

  9. Looks great. I'm all about simple basic cooking and this is right in my wheelhouse.

  10. Hi Andy! Thanks for the comment! The meals on your site always look delicious!

    Have a wonderful day!