Posts Tagged ‘espinacas con garbanzos’

French, Spanish, and cheap.

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

It’s apparently been foreign foods week here.  My last three major culinary pursuits have been unfamiliar territory in more ways than one!

Chicken Cordon Bleu, Espinacas con Garbanzos, and Empanadas are even more delicious to eat than they are to say.  Strangely, these new and exotic recipes were the result of an earnest attempt to curtail grocery spending after a month of totally random expenses.  (DEQ test and car registration?  Costco membership renewal? Coming down with a fever the same day I bought a weeks worth of groceries, which meant not only not eating some of the purchased food but having to buy more food I actually could eat? Come on.)  The challenge of making a nice but fairly simple dinner for our weeknight anniversary without purchasing expensive ingredients stressed me out until (until!) I realized that the fancy-sounding, ever-talked-about and never-eaten (at least for me) Chicken Cordon Bleu used chicken and thin sliced ham — ingredients I had in my freezer.  Thus, a lovely anniversary dinner was born and I only had to purchase two slices of swiss cheese, an 89 cent box of rice-a-roni (not ideal, but slaving over a risotto wasn’t going to happen), and a 50% off bottle of pinot noir.  [I used this recipe and made the reviewers’ recommended changes.]

Chicken Cordon Bleu