Wednesday, October 20, 2010

3 nights, 2 dinners, 1 trip to the grocery store

Night 1 - Dinner 1:

Monday night we had minimal amounts of food in the fridge so I had to get creative. (Do I start entries like this often?  I think so!)    I created what I've named a Sloppy Joe-Zone!  I chopped some onion and garlic and softened them over the stove, then added some leftover ground turkey meat, chopped tomatoes, BBQ sauce, some ketchup (Heinz 57 made in Pittsburgh, of course), and mozzarella cheese.  I popped open the amazing-cardboard-container of Pillsbury Dough, which is always a fun process, and laid it flat on a Sil-Pat/baking sheet.  The yummy mixture went right in the middle of the dough then I wrapped it up like a calzone and added some asiago cheese to the top.  Just like the mailman in Good Fellas, into the oven it went!

The result was good, considering the circumstances!  Since both sides of the dough were piled on top of the meaty mixture there was a lot of bready goodness on top and just a wee bit at the bottom, but that didn't stop us from scarfing!

The Sloppy Joe-Zone
2 pieces - I made 'em extra sloppy for ya'!
Night 2 - Trip to the Grocery Store:

It was so necessary.  Armed with a list, some coupons, and Bryce, too (who was happy once he dumped a 5 lb bag of cereal in the cart!) it was a quick and fairly inexpensive trip.  Have you seen the grocery prices in Hawaii?  If you haven't, don't look - ignorance is bliss.

Night 3 - Dinner 2:

"You live in Hawaii, what do you have to complain about?!"  There I beat you to it... Here's what I have to complain about, other than grocery prices, slow mail.  My Food Network Magazine arrives 3 weeks after my Mom's!  So I'm still working with the October copy.  I love the "Week Night Cooking" section and found a recipe for Sausage-Cauliflower Spaghetti there.  Surprisingly it's made with turkey Italian sausage, which surely is better for you than real sausage, and that made me happy.  The 6 cloves of garlic seemed like overkill, but honestly it could have used more!

The dish was delicious - just the right amount of meat, veggies: cauliflower and scallions, cheese, and pasta!  I ate seconds, even though we were watching the Biggest Loser while eating dinner and Bob's trainer tip was to wait 20 minutes after eating to see if you're still hungry.  Sorry Bob!
Sausage-Cauliflower Spaghetti

We're ready for our close up - Said the Jack-O-Lantern!


  1. We're always stuffing our faces while watching the Biggest Loser. You're in good company.

    I feel like Sloppy Joe-Zone could be some kind of marketing gimmic for Manwich. I understand it's a play on calzone, but it could be interpreted as "Watch out! You're entering the Sloppy Joe Zone!" *insert obnoxious, crazy music here*


  2. I agree! I think it's safe to say you're my blog's biggest fan :) LOVE YOU!