Over at TaMara’s site, she’s writing of quick and easy meals – meals that are low effort and stress while you’re busy with holidays. I admire them – there are lots of good and easy recipes there. But today…
Today was a pain. Multiple interviews (and still no job, mutter), bills and medical issues to juggle on unemployment, stress…
There was a local sale. If it hadn’t been at a reputable store I’d swear they were unloading ill-gotten gains. Thus I was able to get tonight’s meal for a price I could afford, for quite good quality. The point is, This was tonight’s meal.
That’s 8 ounces of salmon run under a broiler (the wife and daughter also got some), a baked potato (microwaved, actually) and some peas moved from frozen to hot. 10 minutes including set-up time of brushing salmon with lemon juice.
1 1/2 pounds salmon. Drizzle a tablespoon of lemon juice over it and spread to fully cover. Put about 4 inches under a broiler for 6-9 minutes till it’s “done” to your taste. (depending on your particular taste – my wife and daughter take it at 8, I like it at 6)
3 baking potatoes, washed, wrapped in plastic wrap, microwaved. You need to know what YOUR box does as it’s easy to overcook them. For me, these were 7 minutes plus 2 minutes of prep.
The peas, well, I’ve discovered that frozen are the next best thing to fresh. Use steam or the microwave to get them barely hot.
Some salt. Some fresh ground pepper. A sprinkle of thyme on the peas. Too much sour cream on the potato for “healthy”, but I’m losing anyway. A bit of butter in the peas.
12 minutes after I walked in the door from a very frustrating “we’ll call you” interview, we ate.
And I think most folk would have been perfectly happy to join us.
The bottom line here is you don’t have to be fancy. A lot of foods taste great just heated. A simple steak. A quick chef’s salad. Some ears of corn previously frozen for times like this.
Just a point to keep in mind.