I really love days like today when I have a mile long list but a list that is doable! 2-3 big things and 10 small things. The small things give me so much satisfaction of accomplishment that I am motivated to do the big things! I finishing an article for Breathe (I have two in the Nov-Dec issue!) and my recipe for Jefferson Vineyards. Plus tons of small things related to the bakery, the blog and our move. Less than 2 weeks to go and I haven’t packed a single thing!
I wrapped up work just before dinnertime. Love that!
Matt had a great day at the bakery and came home just when I was putting the finishing touches on dinner.
I have a mental list of quick dinners that I turn to when I have no plan. Pretty much every meal we make at home is a wing-in meal! Although I usually have a small plan that starts cranking in my head after breakfast, but sometimes that changes at the last minute.
Here are things that are easy to keep on hand for quick dinners in order of importance
Vegetables = limitless, obviously. Try to have something green for every night of the week. Frozen veggies work well!
Proteins = beans, legumes, frozen fish (requires a day of advance planning), tinned fish, bacon, eggs, tofu <—many of these are easy to keep on hand verses buying “fresh” meat/fish
Grains = easy to keep in dry storage, and of course, bread!
Garnishes = cheese, nuts, sun-dried tomatoes, eggs, capers, pesto, sauces, and more. They give the meal flava!
Quick Dinner Staples
- Bean burgers made from canned beans, veg on side
- Salads with protein on top like eggs or fish, bread on side
- Omelets or frittatas
- Warm lentil salad
- Pizza (dough needs some prep in advance)
- Mexican bowl with beans + grain or chips, cheese yogurt
- Savory pancakes
- Anything sardines/tuna from a can
- Soups with leftovers/beans/grains/veggies mixed in
So tonight we had pasta with zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes, sun-dried tomato pesto and feta cheese. Matt gave it rave reviews and dinner was ready in about 15 minutes!
It was quite delicious if I do say so myself! Thanks to the delicious Whole Foods herbs de province sun-dried tomatoes and that feta cheese!
We ate inside – mosquitoes are still a problem…evidently bees too. Pee-pie!
Cheddar garlic toast Matt prepared on the side. And you see that beer ^^ I had a few sips of that too. Pasta and water just don’t taste good together!! 99% of the time the reason I want alcohol with dinner isn’t the buzz, it’s the wonderful way it goes with food. I need to come up with better things to drink during dinner!
Tomorrow’s my long day at the bakery, but at least I know I’m starting the day with an awesome bowl of overnight oats!