Monday, March 30, 2009

Frozen This, Frozen That

Normally I have a lot of energy to plan and prepare excellent, nutritious, delicious meals for my little family. I like to try new recipes, like clam and potato chowder; invent new recipes like baked macaroni with spinach and artichokes (which was not actually horrible, per se, but will not see a reprise); and experiment with ethnic selections like Persian saffron rice, or arroz con gandules.

But sometimes, like when I've had bronchitis for two weeks and breathing still hurts and I'm still waiting for the antibiotics to kick in, I get a little desperate. What ends up on the table for dinner is whatever takes the least amount of energy, like oatmeal, or pancakes, or soup from a can.

So last night I had five hungry people, and not enough time to heat up the frozen lasagna. What to do? Here's the smorgasbord of random frozen foods we ended up with:
  • clam strips
  • breaded fish fillets
  • french fries
  • spanakopita; plus a little nod to nutrition:
  • applesauce
  • orange slices
Have you ever served a lamer dinner?


Anonymous said...

At least there was some effort to pull a meal together Mrs. Peevie. I have given my kids cereal for dinner. After they had it for an equally, well-planned breakfast.

E. Peevie said...

Yeah, baby, me too. Cold cereal is a staple in our house for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and before bed snacks.

We're doing the best we can, right?

Anonymous said...

Yes I have, and do you think I am going to post that here?


E. Peevie said...

Come on, Bucky, post it. I don't mean serving yourself a lamer dinner--I mean serving other people a lamer dinner. For myself, I've made WAY lamer dinners than that. Keep in mind I often serve myself Pringles and Diet Coke for breakfast!

Meg said...

When I was on the first round of the evil recurring virus, I told my kids to get money from the petty cash jar and take themselves to McDonald's.

I enjoy cooking, but it takes so much time to make delicious, healthy meals. Recently I realized I could afford to hire someone to help me out a few afternoons a week so I can finish my work and not have to burn the midnight oil. So a friend who's between a job and the start of grad school comes over and hangs out with the kids and makes dinner.

The first week of this I came home and smelled the good cooking and said, "I feel like I have a wife!" I was so happy.

I never realized what a lovely thing it is we do for our families.