I wrote here last week that I don’t spend much time meal planning or cooking. But this is not the same thing as surviving on fast food for every meal. It’s a false dichotomy to say that fast cannot be decent, as if the time devoted, by itself, is what makes food healthy or interesting.
So, since I’m cranking out 4000 words daily right now on various projects, and am having some trouble summoning up the energy for a lengthy essay, I’ll just post pictures of today’s 10-minute lunch.
My husband grilled steak on Saturday. I’d gone shopping at Costco, so he just grilled all 4 of the huge steaks that came in the package. This means many of our subsequent meals have been steak based. I did a steak and mushroom dish on Sunday night. Today, I sliced some steak up thin, and stir fried it with peas, miniature red peppers, and broccoli (with a bit of soy sauce for taste). I served it with a leftover quinoa-rice mixture.
While this was cooking, I put together lunches for the kids. My 4-year-old likes cold mac and cheese, so he got leftovers from 2 boxes of Annie’s mac that I’d cooked previously. Then I thought, hey, wouldn’t it be fun to make an all orange lunch? So I added in baby carrots, an orange miniature pepper, and cantaloupe. He licked his plate clean.
The 2-year-old likes steak, so I reheated some small pieces for her. I cut up an apple, and then served this with pretzels and a bowl of hummus, which she usually adores. The idea was that she could dip the pretzels, apples, and possibly even the steak tips into the hummus (as if it were fondue). But, in a normal sequence of events for her completely irrational self, she elected to cry and only pick at the hummus, then take a nap, then eat a large snack after. Oh well. At least the whole meal only took 10 minutes to make.
What’s your favorite meal you can make in 20 minutes or less?