Tuesday, March 30, 2010

When you're busy, what do you cook?

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I think I am done recovering from my dissertation proposal induced stress. I have a couple of backlogged recipes coming when I can write them up in the next day or too. But first a question or two.

Do you have go-to meals you make when you are busy/stressed? As much as I love experimental cooking and see it as a stress reliever, when I am really busy or stressed I find my mind doesn't seem to wander enough to want to try new things or make up new recipes. So I make old standbys. Which is really just fine, I don't think of this is a bad thing. And of course, they are quicker meals - pastas, egg-based dishes, salads.

I think my very favorite of this category is pasta with a few veggies (quick cooking, like spinach) and/or herbs, a good amount of olive oil (sometimes butter too), freshly grated parmesan or other hard cheese, maybe some lemon juice/zest if it's around, and a poached or fried egg on top. This also works with rice or potatoes.

What is your favorite 15-20 minute dinner that you make repeatedly? Please comment.


  1. When we're tired and stressed I'd say 20 minutes is too long. Quesadillas and Tomato soup. ~10 minutes = awesome.

    For some reason the hot soup always hits the spot.

  2. You can also make fast quesadillas. Mix some canned refried beans with salsa, spread on a tortilla, top with grated cheese, and leftover meat, put another tortilla on top, saute on both sides, then garnish to taste with light sour cream, chopped lettuce or cabbage, tomatoes, avocado--whatever you like.