Get in the Kitchen!!!

Lately all I have energy for in the kitchen is easy, simple, and nutritious.  I want to get the most bang for my proverbial buck.  I will not go into the details of why I am not motivated to get creative and complicated, for this post let's chalk it up to the grey skies of Chicago in March.

Easy.  Simple.  Nutritious. 

Last night I had to cook for myself.  My love was out of town on business and I had had a salad for lunch.  I needed food, but like I mentioned, not really into the whole get creative, especially since I was cooking for just myself.  I recently discovered that you can buy a bag of frozen artichoke hearts at the grocery store.  I am pretty stoked about this development.  I had some spicy Italian sausage in the freezer, and the artichokes.  In the crisper drawer I had flat leaf parsley, basil, and dandelion greens.  

In my biggest cast iron skillet, I sauteed 4 garlic cloves, 2 shallots, and an onion in olive oil.  I sprinkled in some herbs de Provence, fennel seeds, salt and pepper.  I didn't add bay leaf because I was too lazy to open the jar that they live in.  Then I added some mushrooms and the two thawed links of sausage cut up into slices.  Then I dumped the frozen artichoke hearts in.  I added a little bit of stock.   I let that do its thing for until the artichokes were hot and the sausage was cooked all the way.  Then I added the chopped dandelion greens, parsley and basil.  I tossed it all until the greens were just wilted.  

Then I ate a big ole bowl of it while I read a book.  Easy.  Simple.  Nutritious.