What happens when JP is left without any roommates and there is really no food in the house? Thats right, it means it is time to dust off that old record, heat up the stove, and move your dancin feet.

I have to admit that I really neglected any and all adult responsibilities this weekend, especially after hanging out with an ex-girlfriend (I am trying to make things cool for the sake of the friends). So I did not bother to go shopping or even attempt to make a list. Instead, I pulled out the cooking “man style” book (I opened the fridge) and proceeded to rock out with the music blasting. You may wonder, JP what is a man dish? Well, it is a dish that traditionally ends up in one pot and covers all major food groups at once. Here is what I found in the fridge and how it went down:

2 green peppers sliced in food processor

1 large onion sliced in food processor

10 cloves of garlic coarsely minced

5 red potatos

1 packet of fajita seasoning

1 pound of lamb

1 pack of red beans and rice

cheese (optional)

Heres how it went down:

Season the onions, peppers, and garlic with 1/2 packet of fajita seasoning in a bowl with a dash of olive oil

make them onions sweat

make them onions sweat

Do the same for the potatoes

Umm, goodness

Umm, goodness

Then get your grind on with the lamb and start the rice and beans according to the package. Once the rice and beans are going and the lamb is ground, cook it up.

Cheap and easy, kind of like me

Cheap and easy, kind of like me

Get'cha grind on

Get'cha grind on

After cooking the meat add it to the pot. Then brown your peppers and onions while frying up the potatoes. This is where having ADD comes in handy. Once all elements are cooked add them the rice and beans pot.

By this point your house will smell really good

By this point your house will smell really good

While simmering all elements, add 2 heaping spoon fulls of the secret ingredient.

Several million Asian's can't be wrong

Several million Asian's can't be wrong

After the garlic sauce let simmer for 5 minutes. Now it is ready to serve. I suggest adding a dairy product just to make sure everything is covered.

Now your man meal is complete

Now your man meal is complete

There you have it. A one pot man meal with scavenged scraps of food from the fridge. Remember this can be done with a wide variety of food sources, the key here is creativity.


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4 responses to “Music+hunger=Creativity

  1. That actually sounds pretty good… I’m facing similar trials today. I’m home sick, and the woman went to work… but, my ambitions don’t go much past ramen…

    Easy solution. Boil the Ramen and drain the noodles. Dump in a can of tuna fish and add the seasoning packet. Its pretty good in a pinch. Wash down with a gallon of H2O.

  2. That looks AWESOME. I bought that same garlic chili paste this weekend and made some bang-up chicken lettuce wraps with it. I think that stuff could make anything good, though.

    It is my secret weapon against iffy creations.

  3. k8

    So where does one get such a sauce? Certainly not in SD.

    And hanging out with ex-girlfriends for the sake of the friends? That’s just ASKING for drama. Cut her loose, man!

    Just saying.

    Yea, lets just say I don’t do anything half assed. The sauce can be found in the “ethnic” section of a supermarket. Pretty common stuff.

  4. Oh my god, you cook. Will you marry me? Seriously. The meat grinder is hot. Or maybe I’ve had too much to drink.

    We can go to Vegas tonight!

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