Gorgeous Guacamole straight from Gorgeous Cancun!

Gourmet got gorgeous is back!  What better way to re-enter reality than with some gorgeous guacamole prepared by a gorgeous Mexican?  During our stay in Cancun, the entertainment staff shared a guacamole cooking lesson.  Avocados are not only a super food, but are also sold at a super low price at Aldi.  I believe that makes them a super-duper food.  They are always under $1 and at times way under.  I have messed with making guacamole, but have never had one this gorgeous.  Can’t wait to use the tips in my own kitchen…stirring the green goddess while I daydream of my sweet, sweet, Caribbean sea.

Ingredients used: avocados, chopped onion, diced tomato, chopped cilantro, chopped fresh jalapeno, fresh squeezed lime juice, splash of tequilla,  Worcestershire sauce, salt

Scoop flesh from avocados.  The gentleman making this left a few seeds in the dip.  He said that it helps to maintain the green hue.  Mash.  Add chopped onion.  Smash.  Add diced tomato and cilantro.  Mash.  Add jalapeno and the juice of a few limes.  Smash.  Add a splash of tequilla and a few rounds of Worcestershire sauce.  Mash.  Sprinkle with salt.  Stir.  Enjoy with chips, crackers, fresh vegetables, or straight from the spoon.  I recommend traveling to the Yucatán peninsula to pair guacamole with their one of a kind tortilla chips.  If you don’t have time for that, Aldi tortilla chips are fantastic as well.  The price just went up to $1.19…but it’s still a steal. 

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Meal 22- Shrimp Scampi with Four Cheese Risotto

“Thank you for not letting me go get the $5 hot and ready pizza.  I wouldn’t even be back home with it by now.” -The husband. 

This gorgeous dish was cooked in twenty minutes.  I would choose it any night over a cheap pizza.  I shout a giant, “You are welcome!” to the husband.  Part one: Risotto.  I’ve never made risotto before.  It was from a box, but it was tasty.  Of coarse, the box was from Aldi.  I don’t even know where I would find risotto in a regular super market.  Part two: Shrimp scampi.  Let’s face it.  Shrimp scampi is straight from heaven.  It can be put over pasta, rice, mashed potatoes (I hear), and why not…risotto?  It was rich and more expensive than the other options, but extremely yummy. 

Necessary Ingredients: 1 package frozen shrimp (I used the precooked, peeled, and deveined…basically the shrimp for the tired, worn out lady making dinner), 2 cloves garlic, olive oil, 2 tablespoons margarine, a couple squirts Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, 1 box four cheese risotto, 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, fresh broccoli for four. 

Boil 2 and 1/2 cups water.  Add risotto package.  Boil on medium high.  Stir occasionally.  Wash and cut broccoli.  Steam in microwave by putting a few splashes of water over it and a plate.  Heat for 3 minutes.  Heat a couple of rounds of olive oil on medium heat with minced garlic cloves.  Add 2 tablespoons margarine.  Pull tails off of shrimp and throw them in.  Add a couple squirts of Dijon mustard.  Stir.  Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.  Pull risotto off stove when the liquid appears to be mostly absorbed.  Add a couple of tablespoons of parmesan cheese.  Stir.  Serve it all up!

Aldi Price Breakdown: 1 package frozen shrimp- $3.69 ,  garlic, olive oil,margarine, parmesan, and dijon mustard- 20cents, 1 box four cheese risotto- $1.79, fresh broccoli for four- 75cents= $6.43 for an extra gourmet and gorgeous meal for 4 (plus my lunch tomorrow).

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Meal 21- Chicken and a Biscuit- rated “A”

It seems like just yesterday that I was sitting in the big, velour, blue recliner, munching on a box of Chicken and a Biscuit crackers, while watching my mom work out with Jane Fonda on VHS.  Yes, those were the days.  While I did not get my mom’s work out ethic, I thank God that I got her cooking ethic.  This meal is one of hers.  It is simple, gorgeous, and a personal childhood favorite.  It is also extremely (not) important that I mention that it tastes nothing like a Chicken and a Biscuit cracker.  Chicken and a Biscuit crackers, however,  are odd and tasty creations of their own.

Necessary Ingredients: Three Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, 1 can cream of something soup, 1 can of biscuits, 1/2 bag of frozen green beans, 1/2 cup milk.

Spray a baking dish with canola baking spray.  Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.  Pound on chicken a little and place in a greased baking dish.  Sprinkle chicken with seasoning salt and black pepper if you wish.  Add one can of cream of something soup (mushroom is my favorite, chicken is runner-up, and celery is in third place).  Fill soup can half way with milk.  Pour milk over chicken.  Add 1/2 bag frozen green beans.  Attempt to stir.  Cover and bake for about 30 minutes.  Check chicken for doneness.  When chicken is done, put biscuits on top.  Increase temp to 425 degrees.  Bake until biscuits are slightly brown….about 10 minutes.  Serve! 

Aldi Price Breakdown: Three Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts- $2.75, 1 can cream of something soup- 59cents, 1 can of biscuits???I’m having trouble finding this on my receipt.  I will go with 42cents to stay on the safe side, 1/2 bag of frozen green beans 75cents.= $4.51 for an easy, gorgeous meal for 4 that does not taste like a cracker.

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Meal 20- Thai Chicken and Noodles

Tonight’s meal is a perfect example of how Aldi’s Special Buys can jazz up the nightly routine.  What might normally be chicken with pasta, rice, or potatoes, instantly became a delicious Asian cuisine.  I was feeling hungry so I used two packets of Thai noodles (a special buy item).  They were tasty, but not as good as Thai rice noodles that I have  previously purchased at Aldi.  I also used the rest of the jar of Teriyaki Wok Sauce.  So, this dish was extra sassy and saucy.

Necessary ingredients: 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, 2 packets of Thai noodles, 3 pieces celery, 1/3 bag baby carrots, 1/2 jar Teriyaki Wok sauce, handful of peanuts.

Cut chicken breasts in pieces.  Boil 3 cups of water with a few rounds of olive oil.  Add the Thai noodles to boiling water.  Simmer for 7 minutes and take off of heat.  Begin cooking chicken with one round of olive oil in a skillet or wok.  Chop the celery and baby carrots.  Add to chicken.  Stir in a handful of peanuts.  Stir and cook a few minutes.  Add the wok sauce.  Stir and cook some more.  If it is a little too saucy for you, just add a couple pinches of flour and briskly stir.  If it is a little too sassy for you, then go home.  Serve over or beside noodles.  

Aldi Price Breakdown: 2 chicken breasts- $2.00, 2 packets of Thai noodles- $1. 58, 2 long pieces of celery- 20cents, 1/3 bag baby carrots- 33cents, 1/2 jar Teriyaki Wok sauce- 85cents, handful of peanuts- 25cents = $5.11 for Gorgeous Sassy Sauciness for 4

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Meal 19- Grilled Sausage and Crazy Grilled Potato Salad

Well that didn’t take long… a new member has joined our family.  He is a big, mean, green, grilling machine.  I realized that my 10% off coupon was expiring in a few days, so we would be losing money if we didn’t hurry up and buy this grill.  Since we dropped a few  bucks on the grill today, we didn’t splurge for fancy meat.  Instead, I thought I would see how the Hot Italian Sausages (from meal 17) would do on the grill.  Not surprisingly, they did splendid.  Paired with a crazy grilled potato salad it made for a pretty hot and wild meal!

Necessary ingredients: Hot Italian Sausages (or bratwurst if you are scared of hotness), buns, 1/3 bag of tiny golden potatoes, 1/2 bag of frozen edamame, about a cup of frozen corn, 1/4 jar of roasted red peppers, 1/4 chopped onion, 2 garlic cloves, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dried rosemary, salt and pepper.

Wash and cut potatoes in bite-sized pieces.  Heat grill.  Prepare edamame according to package.  Mix potatoes, edamame, and corn together.  Chop onion and mince garlic.  Add about 1/4 cup of olive oil and balsamic vinegar to onion and garlic.  Add roasted red peppers.  Stir in with other vegetables.  Put the mixture on a large piece of foil.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and rosemary.  Put another piece of foil on top and fold up the sides.  Grill on medium heat for about forty-five minutes.  Flip every so often.  Add the sausages towards the end of cooking.  ***For a speed method, give the potatoes a jump-start in the microwave.  Just heat them a bowl with a little water for about 5 minutes and then proceed with the recipe.  I put a small drizzle of olive oil and balsamic over the crazy salad before serving.  It was nice.

Aldi Price Breakdown: Hot Italian Sausages (or bratwurst if you are scared of hotness) 5 for $1.99, 5 buns- 50cents or less, 1/3 bag of tiny golden potatoes- 60cents, 1/2 bag of frozen edamame -75cents, about a cup of frozen corn -25cents, 1/4 jar of roasted red peppers- 42cents, the other stuff- 20cents or less. = $4.71 for gorgeous grilled craziness for 4 (and lots of extra crazy salad to snack on)

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Meal 18- Barbeque Chicken Breast and Baked Potato

Sunshine and sixty-five degrees put us in the mood for some grilled goodness.  Unfortunately, the grill bit the dust in the winter storms.  Fortunately, there are plenty of contraptions out there to fake grilled goodness.  Sure, you lose the authenticity, but desperate times call for desperate measures….electric grill and microwave to the rescue!   

Ingredients: 3 chicken breasts, 3 medium/large potatoes, 1/2 pack fresh broccoli, a few baby carrots, barbecue sauce, margarine spread, sour cream, salt and pepper. 

Wash, scrub, and stab potatoes.  Pound on the chicken a little.  Spread a dollop of barbecue sauce on chicken breasts.  Wash and cut broccoli.  Put in bowl with a few carrots and a sprinkle of water.  Plug in electric grill.  Begin to microwave potatoes.  Start with 3 minutes, turn and add 3 more minutes, turn and add another minute or two if needed.  Cook chicken on grill.  It takes about 9 minutes.  I usually flip mine because the top side has a tendency to burn.  Microwave the broccoli and carrots for 3 minutes.  When the chicken is done, serve it up.  Add dollops of sour cream and margarine to the potatoes and a dollop of barbecue sauce on the grilled chicken for added goodness.

Aldi Price Breakdown: 3 chicken breasts-$3.00, 3 medium/large potatoes- 76cents, 1/2 pack fresh broccoli- 75cents, a few baby carrots-20cents, dollops-25cents = $4.98 for a fake grilled, yet gorgeous dinner for 4.

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Meal 17- Cheese Tortellini with Hot Italian Sausage

Hot!  Tonight was my first with Aldi’s Hot Italian Sausage.  It was hot and I mean the hot in the middle of P.H.A.T.  Only three ingredients made a unique and gorgeous weeknight meal for 4.  In the future I would like to experiment more with the hot sausage.  Tonight, however, I had 3 impatient mouths to feed so I whipped this bad boy together in less than 15 minutes. 

Ingredients: 1 package of frozen cheese tortellini, 2 hot Italian sausages, 1 jar of spagetti sauce.   

Boil water.  Slice the 2 hot Italian sausages and cook in a skillet over medium-high heat.  Throw tortellini in the boiling water and boil for about 5 minutes.  Drain.  When sausage is cooked add the tortellini and the sauce.  Heat and serve.  Pair with a simple green salad and steamed frozen fancy green beans for a completely nutritious meal.  Pair with a glass of Winking Owl Merlot to be completely gourmetgotgorgeous!

Aldi Price Breakdown: 1 package of frozen cheese tortellini $2.49 (don’t be tricked by the smaller packages that only serve 2), 2 hot Italian sausages- 80cents, 1 jar of spagetti sauce- $1.19= $4.48 for a fast, hot meal for 4.   Add $1.00 for the salad and/or 75 cents for green beans.

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