On this Good Friday, I give you a completely inappropriate recipe. Forgive me — I’m sure you could substitute tofu for the chicken. Or just wait until Lent is over to make it. I discovered this yesterday when casting about in my fridge for dinner after a long afternoon of Coppélia rehearsals. My stipulations: It had to be healthy, quick, and economical (using ingredients I already had).
College Cooking: Stuff in a Skillet
I used: green beans, red bell pepper, frozen chicken (diced and pre-cooked… because I’m a culinary cheat), and mashed potatoes (from a box… because I’m a college student). Also, salt and pepper.
- Boil water in the skillet. Put green beans in the boiling water for about 7 minutes, or until they look pretty and have the desired crunch level. Drain and set beans aside.
- Cook — or in my case, heat — the chicken in the skillet. Set aside.
- Start mashed potatoes. Follow directions on the box. Otherwise, simmer potatoes in a pot for 20 min, drain, and mash together with a bit of milk, butter, pepper, and salt.
- Sauté chopped pepper. Add chicken and green beans back to the skillet to warm everything evenly. Got to make sure we’re all on the same page.
- Add stuff to make it taste good: butter, salt/pepper, a dash of curry powder, or garlic (would add this one earlier when sautéing pepper) are all options… When I was little I liked to put a healthy sprinkling of paprika on my mashed potatoes, but that was less about the taste and more about the fact that they turned orange.
This recipe is particularly vague and rather unhelpful… the perfect addition to my motley College Cooking series!
I just realized I have not posted since Sunday — where has the week gone? We graduate so soon, yet so much lies between me and a diploma. Namely:
- Coppélia production and performance
- dance and academic finals
- Senior English Essay — workshopped and now awaiting revisions
- two or three final projects in other classes
- A French class, which I might be taking as an independent study
This summer is wide open. I hope I’ll finish that French class so I can actually graduate in August (though I’ll still walk in Commencement). I might have a guesting job in Illinois, and of course I wouldn’t want to miss the beach with my family! Then… I start dancing with Tulsa Ballet II at the end of July!
I tweeted about this a while ago:
And when I opened Butler’s student newspaper yesterday, I saw I made the back page, where the Collegian staff quotes some Butler-related tweets seen in the last week. I’m famous!
I went to bed early on Saturday night with every intention of waking up at a decent hour and doing some homework before church. Yeah… that did not happen. Saturday I had rehearsal from 8:30 am to 5 pm with only half an hour break to eat lunch, etc. We ended about half an hour early, actually, but I was still pretty tired after a day of mega dancing. So I slept in to a ridiculous hour this morning and rewarded myself with banana pancakes.
Ugh, they were so delicious! Senior semester is odd in that I have lots of do — and I either have super amounts of motivation (Coppélia rehearsals/prep) or none at all (pretty much all other academic homework). It’s a good thing I’ll be dancing next year, since that’s what’s really holding my interest.
And I just remembered I still have to finish one more French class before I can graduate — I’m walking in the May commencement, but I have to finish three more credit hours of my foreign language requirement for my second major in English Literature. “Happy graduation, everyone! Okay, now I’ll go write my French paper.” Gah, it never ends!
I still believe in the liberal arts, I promise. But I also believe in sleep. Right now, the two aren’t playing nicely.