Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Of Mangoes and Meals

The kids and I did our holiday trek into Costco yesterday.  I came home with a boot filled with all kinds of things, not the least of which was a box of calipso mangoes.  They cost $1.28 each - much cheaper than the $3-$4 in my local Safeway.  Nothing says summer or sunshine like a mango!

Miss Sunshine and are happily enjoying our way through them, one each per day.  One of our favourite dinner salads on a hot day has mango in it so we're all set for tomorrow's forecast 39C (102F).

I was chatting with a friend on Monday about the hypocrisy I live within, between my food values and what we actually eat.  Don't get me wrong, we eat pretty well around here most of the time.  We talked about the temptation of take away options when you're time poor and how we feel afterwards.  I don't know about you, but I desperately need to organise myself a list of quick meals that use pantry or freezer ingredients so that I can have the things on hand at less than a moment's notice.  I really don't enjoy take away.  I feel awful after I've eaten it, not only physically, but then there's the whole guilt thing about how bad it is for you.  Not to mention the spank you get on the scales the next morning!  At the moment I think my tomato and bacon pasta or creamy pasta is at the top of the list.  Either of those take no more than 20 minutes in the kitchen.  After that?  I'm not so sure I'm up with quick options!

Who's with me?  What are your favourite fast, no effort meals made at home?


Joolz said...

I love mangos and cubed mango in a tossed salad is divine!

Same here for the takeaway - unless it is Thai (love) - our town hasn't got McDonalds, KFC or Hungry Jacks and I can make a better pizza than our takeaway.
We prefer to cook our own meals and rarely eat out in our town.

Fast meals? I haven't really got any favourites but a zucchini slice is pretty quick and nutritious but requires a few veggies and eggs etc.
Gee, does it matter if you have eggs on toast every or baked beans every now and again??

Cheers - Joolz

Tracy said...

LOL Joolz. It wouldn't matter to me if 'on toast' meals happened occasionally - it seems to matter a great deal to everyone else in the house. I've trained them far too well apparently.

Left-Handed Housewife said...

I like to keep a couple of bags of ravioli in the freezer. All I have to do is cook it, toss it with butter, and put it on a plate. Easy!

My other easy meal is spinach linguine--frozen creamed spinach heated up in the microwave, then tossed with linguine and parmesan.

Fast food makes my stomach hurt. Love how it tastes, but it's not worth it.


Tracy said...

Yep, we've come the same fast-food revelation, Frances. I like your ideas - pasta with something thrown together that takes no longer than the pasta takes to cook. Ten minutes and you are done. Alright, now to plan and stock the freezer.....