Not tonight…

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!)

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Nicole says:

    This is a blast from the past , a daycare favorite , and a 10 minute meal delight.


    1 can baked beans (if you get the seasoned Grillin’ Beans by Bushes you can skip the last three items)
    4 hot dogs cut into pieces
    1 tbsp. brown sugar
    2 tbsp.ketchup
    1 tsp. mustard

    Brown the cut hot dogs , add the remaining ingredients , simmer for 5 min.

  2. Kelly says:

    These are great. I find though that if I am willing to use one pot/pan/cooking object, then I am probably willing to use two, so my quick choice is almost always veggie quesadillas.

    Sautee some onion and whatever frozen veggies I have
    Open, rinse, drain can of black beans – add some to the pan to heat them up
    pile my wheat tortillas, cheese, and veggie/bean mix into my quesadilla maker

    presto! wonderful, healthy, filling, tasty meal in like 12 minutes max.

    1. cooktivism says:

      Awesome idea – quesadilla maker! I use two frying pans (one on top of the other) with cans to weigh press the quesadilla down.

  3. Kelly says:

    Also, I almost forgot: english muffin pizzas! 5 minutes and a toaster oven. Done and done.

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