By Thursday, I’m pooped. We aren’t even a super busy family, but I get emotionally drained quickly. Even if I meal plan, come Thursday I would trade a limb to not have to cook for a few days.
I’ve started noticing that Thursdays have become “whatever mom can throw together” days. Last night, it actually pulled together pretty well.
It involved bacon.
I think I’ll keep bacon in the fridge because anything you throw together is going to taste good if it is served with bacon. I’m convinced of this.
I have no picture for you, because honestly, it looked horrible. It tasted delish.
I’m going to start calling them my Throw Together Thursday Dinners.
Bacon Onion Cabbage Fry, with Roasted Butternut Squash Disks
1 pound bacon
1 onion (mine was a red cherry onion I had sliced and frozen over the summer)
1 butternut squash
random Kroger brand “Mrs. Dash” stuff
salt and pepper
First I opened the pack of bacon, and without taking the strips apart, cut them into 1 1/2″ chunks. Then I tossed them into my hot cast iron skillet, no oil. While that fried up, I broke the pieces apart and worked on cutting the squash. I used the neck part, cut off the rind (is that what it’s called?) and then sliced it into disks about 1/4-1/2″ thick. I laid them out on a cookie sheet, no oil, and sprinkled with the fake Mrs. Dash stuff (mostly because I was too lazy to dig in the cabinet). Put them in the oven on 350*.
Next, I drained out the grease (the bacon was only about half done) and added the onions. I chopped the cabbage into small strips and tossed it in the skillet. Since my cast iron skillet has no lid, I placed a piece of aluminum foil over the top (pushed down around the edges so the steam would drip back into the pan), and let it sit for a bit.
In between stirring the skillet, I made the kids some dinner. Even though they LOVE bacon, they do not love it mixed in with onions and cabbage.
Somewhere in there, I added a little splash of water and covered it up again, hoping to speed up the cabbage cooking process. I didn’t want it too crunchy. When the water was gone, I dropped in some butter. I don’t know how much. Probably a lot. I like butter.
When the bacon looked done, and it smelled so good I couldn’t stand it I turned the burner off.
My bowl consisted of a couple of slices of butternut squash on the bottom, a dollop of butter and some salt and pepper, with a huge pile of cabbage/onion/bacon on top.
It was so yummy. I may have hidden the leftovers in the fridge so the Mr. wouldn’t take them to work.
Have you ever made a “Throw Together” Dinner?