I was scared at first. You know to cook mussels. They always appear on fancy dishes in fancy places. I thought they must require a lot of preparation and they must be expensive. The truth is they are cheap and easy. That is how I like my meals. I only have so much time and so much money so I like to make the most out of both!
If you can boil water you can make mussels. It is really that easy. I am the kind of cook that just doctors up my sauce. I mean I barely have time to cook anything so cooking from scratch with three little ones is not an option. I do love healthy veggies so I try to hide when I can.
Here is how you can flex your muscles. You boil water and make sure you have enough water to cover the mussels. Then I add in a couple of tablespoons of garlic. If you would like you can also chop some red onions. You place the lid over a pot of boiling water. It usually takes between 5-7 minutes. I just make sure the shells are open. Then you place them in the strainer.
The sauce is my toss it variety. I have a secret I use a can of diced tomatoes with jalapenos and the kids love it. I always put something in the store bought sauce to make it special. The kids love it when I put in mushrooms and I ask them what veggies they would like to add. We try to involve them in the hide it veggie sauce.
Then you place the mussels and the sauce together. I always have a bowl near for the shells and a green salad and garlic bread make this cheap and simple meal a bit fancy! The sauce cost $3.00 including the secret can and veggies. The mussels were $6.50 and the pasta was $.75. This is a bit over my $10 meal with the salad and the bread but to feed 5 people it is less than one of us eating it at a restaurant.
What is your favorite mussel dish?