Mashed Potato Bowl
Tonight I ventured even further into the land of the mashed. I was trying to think of a way to use up the rest of my mashed sweet potatoes because every time I open the fridge I feel them staring at me...potatoes have eyes you know. So I was driving home from school when inspiration struck. Two quarters ago I spent two days a week working in a school kitchen as part of my practicum experience. I was there for the entire quarter so I saw them rotate through the entire menu a couple of times and far and away the most popular item was the mashed potato bowl. A scoop of mashed potatoes, topped with chicken nuggets and gravy (AND corn...let it be known that I totally forgot about the corn until Brett asked me where it was while we were eating. I knew I was missing something but couldn't remember what) . In my estimation, the line was about 5 times as long on mashed potato bowl day. I decided I could recreate this apparently delightful dish.
1) I had no chicken nuggets
2) Due to my 20-something year aversion to mashed potatoes, I don't have much experience with gravy.
A simple solution to problem #1: I could make my own chicken nuggets. I had two chicken breasts thawing in the fridge so I cut them into nugget-esqe shapes.
Next I did a little dance around the kitchen while shaking the bag like a maraca. (THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT STEP. Don't skip the dancing). I put the nuggets on a baking sheet and into the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until cooked through.
I emptied the can into a small pot, added 3/4 c of milk and some black pepper and stirred it all together. Let it heat up slowly over low heat and add more milk if necessary.
To assemble the bowls, I heated up the leftover potatoes, added some nuggets and topped with gravy. Ta da!
A few things:
1) Don't forget to top yours with corn!
2) The hubby says these are the best chicken nuggets he's ever had and he is angry that there are none left over.
3) The hubby also wanted me to tell you that he thinks I'm misleading you by calling these mashed potatoes. While they are physically mashed, they are lacking the butter and milk and whatever else typically goes in real mashed potatoes to give them that horrible texture. Point taken...but they are still mashed.
4) This would work just as well with regular mashed potatoes...if you're into that kind of thing...
Today in Lindsay Loves:
*~* Pack A Snack*~*
Around 11:30 today, I was getting ready to leave. I got my school stuff ready, filled the kongs with peanut butter for the dogs and was shutting off the lights when I realized a) I had not eaten lunch, b) I had not packed myself anything to eat and c) I wasn't going to be home for 7 hours. I was SO tempted to just run out the door, telling myself I would buy something to eat when I got to school...but knowing myself like I do, I knew I wouldn't be able to find anything I wanted once I got down there and I would end up either not eating or eating junk. So I sucked it up and packed some snacks. No matter how busy you are, there's always time to pack a healthy snack/lunch!!!! Keeping healthy foods on hand makes this process go even faster. ALSO, I got my new reusable snack bags in the mail last week and my excitement for using them has yet to wear off :) So, I headed the the pantry. I filled one bag with some fruit and nut mix. The kind I buy has almonds, walnuts, pistachios, dried cherries (which I usually pick out) and dried cherries. I usually add some raisins and cheerios but I recently discovered that adding some peanuts elevates my trail mix to a whole new level of deliciousness! I grabbed a sandwich thin (check them out here if you're not familiar...they're pretty much the best thing ever), spread some peanut butter inside, cut it in half and threw it in another bag. I washed an apple and tossed it in my bag and also put some grapes in a tupperware container. VOILA. 2 minutes...4 healthy snacks....plus money saved! And if I can do this with both dogs following me around the kitchen whining pitifully because I had filled up their treats but not yet given them to them, all of you can do it to!
Question of the night: What was your favorite meal in high school?
Have a lovely night. I'm off to return a movie we watched this weekend...Date Night- with Steve Carell and Tina Fey...rent it right now if you haven't seen it....it's all kinds of HILARIOUS!!!