A lot of times I will be telling Susan about something I have made for dinner and she will ask if she could make it. And so I have developed a Susan Scale, which rates the difficulty of meal preparation from a 1 to a 5. 1 means that it is easy enough for Susan and small children to accomplish. 5 means that Susan should just admire the photo and consider ordering something similar next time she goes out to eat.
Do you see why she is my friend? There’s a woman who totally gets me.
Last night I made Parmesan garlic chicken, which was proof to me that the people at Kraft also totally get me; it was quite literally the easiest thing I’ve ever made, and superdelicious. What I am learning is that the best thing about Kraft’s iFood Assistant is that the recipes are both foolproof and easily improved on. Let’s take the Parmesan chicken as an example, shall we?
The gist of the recipe is this (download the app if you want the full directions): you mix grated Parmesan cheese, Italian dressing mix, and garlic powder in a bowl, roll chicken breasts in it, and bake. SO DAMN EASY. And it made my house smell fantastic, which I hear is an added benefit of cooking.
However … because the recipe called for a package of salad dressing mix (the powdery kind), it was a little salty. Wade suggested that next time we might double the cheese and the chicken, or halve the dressing, whichever seemed easier.
And that’s when I really fell in love with this recipe system.
The iFood Assistant is the perfect cooking app for nervous cooks. Everything is both delicious and easily tweaked; these are recipes that you can serve to your friends and family with confidence, and that you can also alter to fit your tastes and needs. We made a meatloaf a while back from the app’s recipes, and while it was a big hit, it was twice what we could eat; next time, I will mix it all up and freeze half.
See? SO EASY.
I don’t often say that cooking is easy (see above, Susan Scale) but I’m really feeling that way this week. I am SO confident, in fact, that I may actually start cocktail hour BEFORE I start making tonight’s dinner.
I know! Imagine.
Up for grabs today, to make your dinner hour more pleasant, is a $50.00 American Express gift card, compliments of Kraft. Tell me what your favorite last-minute, super-easy, always-delicious dinner option is. And yes, cheese on a toasted bagel counts — I am not one to judge. Contest closes at 6:00 am CST tomorrow morning.
And tomorrow I’m giving away another iTunes gift card! Because the fun just never ends around here.
Thanks to the people at Kraft for providing the iTunes and AmEx gift cards for the winners, and for hooking me up with the Kraft iFood app.