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.