Even the most enthusiastic Mum has days when the kitchen is the last place you'd like to spend time, and the idea of preparing a meal feels exhausting! I remember one day realising that I was the one preparing every single meal we ate and feeling quite daunted about the idea. And I love cooking, generally speaking.
This past week I've felt quite 'blah' about cooking anything. My very food oriented family continually ask 'what's for dinner tonight' and this week my answer has been "snot and snails ~ pick your own". This answer is always met with "awwww M-u-u-u-u-u-m". But they get the idea that nothing fancy is coming their way! My antidote to spending money on pre-prepared or take away meals is to have some really simple things that even I can get my head around when I really can't be bothered. In fact, I've probably blogged about this before. But given the way I'm feeling, I need to remind myself....so I'm reminding you too!
The past weekend, my simple meal was pasta, with sauted onion, garlic, bacon & mushrooms with cream as the sauce/moisture. Of course, in our house, we have gluten free and regular pasta going...but what's an extra saucepan?!
Last night I made a warm chicken salad...for three. That was pretty simple, as the only cooking required is for the chicken, everything else was just chopped and thrown into the bowl. I served that with some garlic bread I found in the bottom of the freezer.
A roast is always surprisingly fuss-free...especially if your children are of the age where they can peel and chop vegies. I don't do anything to the meat on lazy days. I just throw it in the oven and add the vegies at the appropriate time. On lazy days I also avoid making gravy. Ours is a gravox-free zone due to very discerning (aka fussy) tastebuds. I might get out the cranberry or apple sauce instead.
The other night I made Chicken Cacciatore thanks to a new recipe book for which I need to road test a couple of recipes to review. That was super simple and very tasty. The leftovers made a fantastic lunch, reheated in the microwave.
I'm sure most of you have recipes and ideas for really easy meals that require little effort. Post a comment and share yours with me!