Extra Speed Eats

There are those moments that I want to get something good on the dinner table in a hurry.  The proverbial quick and easy meal.  I don’t always cook that way.  I can chill.  Slow down.  Take purposeful time to experiment and cook creatively.  I can slowly simmer a soup.  I can stir relentlessly to make a reduction sauce to die for.  There are those inspired times.  This is not about those times.  This is about those times you need to make food fast.

As much as I love to ogle at enticing recipes and drool ever eye popping food photos, when it comes to quick and easy, I may only find a handful of ideas that meet my particular definition of really quick and super easy.  I guess I have high expectations for good food that’s fast.  When I need really quick and super easy I’m looking for something in the category of ‘I can make this blindfolded with one hand tied behind my back’.  OK, I exaggerated a little.

Back when my son was just past toddlerhood, entering into hyperhood (not a real word), he would race around and around the center stairway of our house yelling, “Ekta peed!  Ekta peed!”  Translated: “Extra speed!”  That’s what I’m talking about.  That’s the kind of meals I’m looking for.  Extra speed.  Turbo quick and easy.

Extra speed would be something like this:

  • Less than 20 minutes from kitchen to table.
  • Basically healthy: heavy on nutrients, sparse on empty calories.
  • A short ingredient list.
  • Very brief instructions.
  • Limited convenience items used.

Here’s one we all like.  At our house, four out of four ‘yes’ votes is a keeper.

Flat Bread Cheese Pizza

Greek pita flat bread (not pocket pita)

Tomato paste

Mozzarella cheese, shredded

Heat both sides of flat bread in a non-stick skillet.  Spread top side with a thin layer of tomato paste.  Sprinkle with cheese.  Lightly brown in skillet as cheese starts to melt.  Cut in wedges.

Signature Recipe from Luanna Diller, RD

About Luanna Diller

Luanna Diller's professional expertise includes nutrition, health behavior change, and wellness. She has three decades of experience in counseling, teaching and motivating thousands of clients to achieve healthier lifestyles. She is a wife, mom to two teenagers, Registered Dietitian and Christian women’s ministries leader. She is a creative cook, loves to dance and recently discovered a knack for hand making glass beads.
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