How many times have you walked into your kitchen and just said, “Oh not tonight, honey!” at the meer idea of turning on your range. You are too tired – and maybe even too hungry?? – to make a move in the direction of a pot or a pan. But yet that damn tummy of yours will start growling if you don’t sustain her with something…”Give something, ANYTHING you monster!” Shit can get ugly fast.
So this post – in honor of my crazy busy week – will be all about the things we eat when push comes to shove. I find that my list is very heavy on comfort foods and breakfast staples – as a hectic week is usually busy because your life is all over the place. In those times you want something comforting, soothing, tasty.
Here are the rules: no more than 5 ingredients, no more than 1 vessel to cook it in/on and no commercial fast food.
- Peanut (or almond) butter and jam. On bread, or crackers, or grahams, or celery.
- Cold cereal and milk. Simple and if it is good enough for breakfast, why not dinner?
- Oatmeal or grits. The quick cooking versions can be ready in under 5 minutes and fill you up fast.
- Grilled cheese (or cheeze). Always tasty.
- Eggs in a basket. In a frying pan, melt a TB of butter. Take two slices of bread and rip out the center. Put bread in pan and crack one egg into each hole in the bread. Cook for about 3 minutes and then flip and cook for about 2 more or until yolk is done. I personally like mine runny so that the bread soaks up the yolk when it breaks in your plate.
- Nachos: Layer corn chips, cheese and vegetarian refried beans on a plate. Microwave in 30 second increments until melted and gooey. Top with salsa and enjoy. (This is a Mama Cornell favorite!!!)
- Frozen chick’n patties or nuggets. A meal in their own right and can make anything else great; from lettuce to SALAD or from bread to SANDWICH.
- Frozen soup…now I’ve been a bad Cooktivist the past 28 days and haven’t made a single pot of veggie (or any other!!) soup. But when I do make it, I always freeze a portion for later. That means that twice this week we made a meal out of delicious homemade soup and all it took was a brick of frozen soup and a bit more water to boil it up with.
So there’s my list. What’s on yours? I really want to know. (Because I might not be cooking tomorrow night either!)