I get to be a 20-something again for a week, what to eat?
When my husband travels for work, and I'm not in the mood to cook "real" food., I'll make the kids some mac&cheese from the blue box (big treat in our house LOL) and I'll treat myself to what I call "non-dinners". :)
Cheese, crackers, grapes, wine
Hummus, pita, stuffed grape leaves (from Lebanese deli or from a can)
Cereal (one of my special treats that I don't eat often)
Baguette with brie and some leftover sautéed/roasted/grilled chicken
Shrimp cocktail, heavy on the horseradish (this I have to share with the kids)
You're going to have a ball. Bet you miss them something bad by day 3 though, lol.
Appetizers for dinner; includes selections from: crudites with hummus/bleu cheese dip/salsa, pizza rolls, frozen spanokopitas (Costco!), potato skins w/sour cream and hot sauce, fried mozz cheese sticks.
Cheeses/pepperoni and ham/good bread/olives.
Stouffer's Mac-n-Chz. Goes with red wine in this house, wanna fight about it?
Ramen noodles. But this time add lots of fresh cilantro or parsley, carrot strips, snow or snap peas, green onions, etc. (you'll have veggies left over from the crudites).
Pigs in blankets. Also goes with red wine. And gives the look-and-feel of "Well, I turned on the toaster oven, so of course I cooked."
Everything has less guilt if you start with a small simple arugula or romaine salad w/dash of vinaigrette. Get a clamshell of greens and you're set.
I love to eat ramen noodles or a simple, spicy tomato & pasta sauce with ***size redacted*** of wine and chop sticks as my utensil. Usually with terribly girly or geeky netflix for company. Being slurp-y and decidedly un-cute while eating spice pasta makes me enjoy my alone time rather than miss the boy!
oh what fun!
eating on the couch (definitely banned in our house) - WHILE watching sludgy TV shows (or retro Mary Tyler Moore or Rhoda or .....)
mac & cheese definitely
cereal for sure
pretzels with some peanuts mixed in
broccolini with butter - like broccoli but better
grilled cheese on white bread!
BELT - bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato on good white bread with a lick of dijon and some hellmans mayo
raspberries (or other berries) with cream
oh - and celery and cheez wiz - i had a notion for that one day and it just doesn't taste like it used to!
From my single days: Anything that can be cooked in the microwave and eaten out of the same Pyrex measure. Ice cream and nothing else for dinner--eaten out of the carton, with the carton going back in the freezer when you've had enough. Whatever looked good when you strolled by the hot deli counter on the way home. A bag of frozen chopped spinach cooked and tossed with a liberal portion of feta cheese.
OK, fine dining it was not!
"Whatever food you love that anyone else whines about"
Ditto. Around these parts, when my other half is out of town for work, that's what's on the menu. Spinach quiche, appetizers for dinner, veggie burgers, simple aglio e olio - just in general, yummy things that *don't* contain meat!
Oh, and good wine - but he doesn't complain about that when he's here :)
Oh gosh...I love all sorts of stinky cheeses, fish (including sardines, anchovies, smoked oysters) and stuff that my H doesn't. I think I would sate myself on things that were fishy/salty/spicy. Hot sauce on eggs scrambled with lox. That sorta stuff.
Fried chicken on the bone. He hates meat on the bone. Bone-in pork chop I'd pick up and gnaw like a cavewoman.
Oh, and vodka. I usually like scotch, but it's summer.
In the minimal-fanfare route:
-Pretzels dipped in neufchatel cheese
-Cheese, bread, cured meats and fruit
-Poached eggs on garlic-sauteed greens. Parmesan grits of fresh pasta optional.
-A great homemade burger- let the butcher grind a nice piece of chuck for you fresh
-Ramen with frozen vegetables
-Sardines or smoked salmon, and rye toast or Triscuits
-Baked potatoes, generously topped with butter and chives
-Instant cottage pie: heat up a can of beef stew. Make instant mashed potatoes. Top stew with potatoes. If you feel fancy, use an ovenproof dish, drizzle the top with butter, and broil.
-Homemade chicken/fish fingers (to minimize cleanup, marinate in mustard in a plastic bag.....coat in panko on a sheet of wax paper....spray liberally with nonstick spray and bake on a foil-lined tray.) Make cold-oil fries on the side.
-Speaking of cold-oil fries.....use them to make homemade chili fries.
-Speaking of chili fries.....swap out the fries for Tater tots.
-Homemade Chex Mix
-Warm homemade corn chips, guacamole and pico de gallo
I know you personally want to go easy with little cooking- totally respect it. but I might also be tempted to go very fiddly. Things that are wonderful to make in small quantity, but that I might not want to make for a full crew. Homemade tortellini, ballotine of cornish hen.....you get the picture. :)
I get to do this every week since my other half travels weekly for work. When he's not here I make a lot of spicy foods and foods with cilantro, because he cannot do cilantro or really spicy. I also take the opportunity to try out "experimental" meals... ie ones that I'm not sure will be good, since I'm happy to eat a PB&J for dinner if the real dinner doesn't turn out, but he gets annoyed by that :)
I have a can of duck confit from Paris that's waiting for the next time DH goes out of town. He took his daughter home from her summer visit a couple of weekends ago and I lived on cheese and wine the whole time he was gone. What I eat when he's away depends on my mood, but I almost always end up eating things that he would consider snacks, not meals. But in meal quantity. LOL.
Buy some tortilla chips, favorite canned chili, good salsa, decent grated cheese. Make some nachos. Pretty good out of the microwave, even better under the broiler, but either way its not really cooking. Some tossed greens on the side and its almost as healthy as pizza.
Oh yeah, cold pizza for breakfast. Sometimes on Friday night Ill get a two for one pizza deal and not have to worry about food till monday lunch (depending on how much I go out in between.)
Of course both of these go well with a nice bottle of red or a 6 pack of good beer. Heck, indulge, leave the beer cans sitting on the coffee table for a day or two just to get the right ambiance going.
I'm having a 20-something dinner tonight, so thought I'd share. It's an old favorite from when I was even younger...and I like it just as much today:
Barber Chicken Kiev:
Mini tater tots drizzled with truffle oil--because I can and why shouldn't you?
Green peas steamed in the micro.
DINNER IS SERVED with a glass of equally un-fancy wine and it's deliciously trashtastic. Cheers! WHEEE, ball up the foil and rinse the pan--dishes are done. :)
Good bread and butter topped with sliced radishes, sprinkled with salt.
Tuna sandwiches on toast and canned tomato soup
Baked potatoes either with lots of butter or topped with cottage cheese and stouffers spinach soufflé that you've nuked. Trust me.
Nutty buddy ice cream cones
Ruffles and dip.
Not really meals, but snacks that you should sneak in, before the people return..
--Cereal with ice cream--ideally this would be cereal with froyo, but who has a froyo machine?
--Bowl of rice crispies cereal (without milk) + marshmallows in the microwave = bowl of fresh RC treats all for you
--Fresh cookie dough. Enough said.
--Oatmeal plus Peanut butter (and chocolate chips--if you're feeling like you need it)
--Popcorn--with toppings, if you want them
--Puppy chow/muddy buddies--whatever you call it
--Frozen meals--I know they taste bad, but I love trying them out and finding which ones are edible and which ones are trash
--Nachos.. from the microwave, with Xochitl chips
On the cereal note, I like to get the flavored Chex cereal and then pick out the flavor-coated ones. Then I take the rest of the uncoated ones and make them into Puppy Chow. Win-win.
perfect time to leave the house and go OUT as a "special treat".
what interests do you have that your husband doesn't share? art films? wine bars? in LA there is a top flight cheese shop that does special grilled-cheese evenings. how about getting a professional massage?
or, if you want to stay home,
have your girlfriends over for a wine and cheese and dessert gabfest. if you feel you must have legitimate food, order chinese delivery and eat the food out of the boxes in the living room with chopsticks withyour feet up on the coffee table.
When I was 18 and had my own apartment, (well back in the last century) my favorite after-work meal was a Gortons breaded fish filet with tartar sauce, and vermicelli mixed with sour cream, garlic powder, dried basil and loads of Parmesan.
It's still comfort food, but I rarely have it anymore.
2 P's: Pork and Pasta (not necessarily together). Mr. P. doesn't eat either, yet I love them both. A panful of pulled pork (could do a whole "p" alliteration here...), a little adobo, corn tortillas, and I'm happy. Next day, pasta with danged near any topping. I'd gain 5 pounds in that one week!
Definitely take out: sushi, sashimi, KFC, maybe some ramen with spinach & mushrooms, and I might make a pan full of rice balls, a definite comfort food from childhood. Oh the scale & I would not be on talking terms afterwards. Very little hubby doesn't like, so it's just the things I like best,
So far I've been eating straight pate or gooey cheese with imported sour cherry jam on the side. Glass of pellegrino.
I haven't been as hungry as when dh et al are around, I wonder why that is. I guess I'm not lifting any little ones, but still. So actually I'm eating significantly less...sort of to my dissapointment.
Brought salad and canned tuna for lunch today...not too exciting really...tonight I made the easiest thing possible. Boiled some penne lisce, grated some parm and added steamed broccoli I had in the fridge. THen I added salt, pepper, and garlic POWDER. I would probably never do that for the famiy and go ahead and fry up real garlic. But less dishes, less work. I got to eat while watching Drop Dead Diva and Orange is the new Black. My biggest indulgences are I guess not having to wait on anyone and being able to watch R-rated TV on a weeknight.
Lots of red wine, baguette, goat butter, crunchy salt.
If I'm feeling fancy, throw a log of goat cheese into a small baking dish, sprinkle with roasted garlic and douse with evoo, then bake til it just starts breaking down. Serve warm on a baguette with aforementioned wine and soft marinated sun dried tomatoes and fancy green olives.
You had me till the "Fresh baguette & good cheese" & "melba toast dipped in vegetable spread or hummus", come on that doesn't sound very 20-ish to me!
Good cheese to me when I was 20 was anything that didn't come in an individual wrapper, and melba toast? Really? If you put a plate in front of me and said, Jr this is melba toast, I would have just assumed some lady named Melba made it! lol