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Thursday, October 26, 2006

13 Easy Meals

I am a little domestically challenged. I was a slightly chagrined when all the working women showed up for Stitch ‘n’ Bitch the other day with home-made goodies. I had opened a bag of Decadent Chocolate Chip cookies. I can’t sew; I suck at knitting. I can’t remember the last time I used the iron. I do keep a pretty clean house, but only because I feel kind of anxious when it gets messy. I am not a good cook. When I do try to make something from scratch, I have to follow the recipe religiously and sometimes have to call my mother or MIL when the recipe uses a term I don’t understand, like blanch for example.

Lucky for us, BP does most of our cooking. On the rare occasion he does not, I do have a few easy meals I can get on the table with a minimum of fuss. Warning! These are not all nutritious or economical, but I like them and they sure are easy:

1. A roasted chicken with pre-washed organic mixed greens on the side. Slice up a tomato and it’s a salad. Add avocado if you have it. Try to save enough chicken to have wraps for lunch the next day.

2. Fresh pasta with pesto, pine nuts and parmesan. If you still have chicken left, throw it in there too.

3. Presidents Choice butter chicken and nan (they make it fresh in the bakery now!)

4. Grilled salmon or tuna. Slice a zucchini in half and throw it on the grill too. Enjoy with a nice crusty loaf of Ace bread and tapenade.

5. Presidents Choice Vegetable Lasagne. We get the club pack size and have it for lunch all week too.

6. Gourmet pizza. Buy whole-wheat shells. I like prosciutto, red pepper, mushroom, and mozzarella; or smoked salmon, capers, onion, and goat cheese. Yummy.

7. Burgers--beef, lamb, chicken, veg. Whatevs. Gourmet them up with a nice cheese.

8. For a special occasion, the packaged New Zealand rack of lamb. It’s already marinated; you just need to throw it on the grill, and it is delish. Serve with green beans and grilled new potatoes: cut potatoes in half, toss with rosemary, olive oil, salt and pepper and grill for 20 minutes.

9. Buy kabobs at St. Lawrence Market (lamb, chicken, or beef). Serve with greek salad and tzatziki.

10. A nice omelette with whatever you have in the fridge (make sure you put lots of cheese in it).

11. Tostadas: spread refried beans on a tortilla. Top with chopped tomato, fresh cilantro, avocado, green pepper, green onion, cheddar and sour cream. Serve with cold beer.

12. A nice grilled steak, portabella mushroom and baked potato with fresh chives.

13. My favourite: Thai take-out.

There! Now you’re all set for two weeks (unless you’re a vegetarian, in which case you’re set for about two days). No need to thank me.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

You say you're no wizard in the kitchen and then describe 13 mouth watering dishes. Good thing all I want right now is a bucket of coffee.

My idea of an easy meal is BBQ'd meat served with a Lipton side dish and some frozen veggies. Then I don't want to eat supper as I'd rather fill up on a big bowl of air popped popcorn.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Carmen said...

see, everything but the takeout is still oo hard for me. :)

9:06 AM  
Blogger penelopeto said...

um, yeah, so i did indeed make fudge and sweet potato muffins and roasted pumpkin seeds on the weekend, but we have also eaten a roasted chicken (not bee, she's still shunning what little meat makes it into our house), couscous and veggies in one combo or another pretty well every single day this week.

balance, baby.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Serendipity said...

Oh, this is good!

Thanks for sharing.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Eagle Lover said... I am hungry. Heading out to breakfast. I would stop at Mysterious Lady's and take her with me but I know she is probably still sleeping.
Mine is up.

10:23 AM  
Blogger Racy Li said...

Yum. Now I'm hungry!

My TT about a demon...(kind of) is up too! :)

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Janet said...

O.M.G. butter chicken! When I lived in Japan, I tried that at a restaurant called Moti...and fell in LOVE! Dip the nan in the sauce and oooh, heaven! Didn't need the chicken LOL!

11:18 AM  
Anonymous ali said...

that's definitely the BEST quick meal!

12:25 PM  
Blogger Sally said...

You are totally a cook! Now, this President's Choice brand...where do you get it? I LOVE butter chicken at the restaurants, if I could make it at home, my husband would be ecstatic!

12:30 PM  
Blogger metro mama said...

Sally: You get PC at Loblaws in Canada. I'm not sure about the U.S. Does anyone know?

12:46 PM  
Blogger Domestic Goddess said...

Hey, we Domestic Goddesses excell in different areas. I am all for nice and easy cooking. Left overs are fabulous.

1:09 PM  
Blogger Haley-O said...

Lasagna. That's my favourite easy meal right now. I just take out all the leftover veggies that I haven't used during the week and throw them it. I never knew it was so easy! And, we have it for the whole week! I freeze portions, etc.. It's a new habit I've formed. Great list! Very mouth-watering! ;)

1:10 PM  
Anonymous alicia said...

im hard core into cooking these days, unfortunately im a little obsessed with over the top dishes that take me 2 hours to make and involve a trip to the grocery store mid cooking. however, i have never eaten so well in my life. mother's cooking included. I will def. be using these quick fixes in the future... i like.. i like...

1:49 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

mmmm.. sorry let me wipe my drool! Great list!

3:09 PM  
Blogger Mama Duck said...

mmmmm hungry now!!

4:33 PM  
Blogger Brony said...

Those all sound so good, but I'm not sure about easy.

I'm up for number 13.

Happy TT!

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PC Butter chicken rocks and the Naan is wonderful (I just had that last night - it's one of my easy-peasy recipes). I've often passed that PC Lasanga and thought "is that any good?" - now I'm gonna try it for sure. What a wonderful list for the culinary challenged (c'est moi!).

7:24 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

For someone who says they aren't "domestic", you sure do put on an impressive spread!
We LOVE the butter chicken by PC as well! There is a blue menu one now too! They also sell the sauce in a jar to make your own--we haven't tried that yet.

8:35 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Sounds like you're a pretty good cook to me!

(Totally with you on the Thai food!)

10:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Presidents Choice Vegetable Lasagna- yum.

Secrets? Hmmm. Roast chicken comes out so moist when you cut up whatever citrus fruit you have lying around and stuff it in the cavity. I like to throw some prechopped garlic in there too (lots of it) and then "massage" (LOL) the chicken with olive oil and whatever spices strike my fancy that day. Make sure to get up under the skin too.

1:20 AM  
Blogger metro mama said...

Kristen: I don't roast the chicken myself. It comes that way!

8:23 AM  
Blogger petite gourmand said...

sounds like some good eatin'.
You've gotta love those rotisserie chickens!

11:50 AM  

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