Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Dinner in 15 Minutes

Ever have one of those days? You wake up at 2 a.m., completely unintentionally, and no amount of tossing, turning, pillow fluffing or sighing can convince you to go back to sleep --- until about 20 minutes before the alarm goes off. You rise, but don't necessarily shine, stumble your way to the coffee pot, only to discover you forgot to pre-load it the night before. And so the day goes by, desparately trying to be productive and struggling to keep your eyes open. You get home, brain dead, exhausted and think "I'll just stretch out on the couch for about 15 minutes"...... Two hours later, you wake up. That's how my day has gone.

After the unplanned nap, I had to get dinner thrown together and in a hurry! So, I went to the fridge and pantry and pulled out the ingredients for a quick baked ziti with meatballs. Popped the meatballs in the microwave to defrost them. Put pasta on to boil (do you realize that quick cook pasta only takes 3 minutes?), unrolled and rerolled some crescent rolls and popped them in the toaster oven on my PC small bar pan. Tossed some blueberries, strawberries and grapes together for a super quick fruit salad. Drained the pasta. Mixed in some pasta sauce, that Philly cooking creme stuff, the meatballs, and garlic and threw it all in the Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker with a handful of mozzerella tossed on top. Cooked it for 8 minutes... and voila! Dinner. In 15 minutes. And never turned on the big oven.

Sometimes, even when you don't have a plan -- as long as you've got ingredients you can throw together a decent meal in minutes. Its not always perfect, but its definitely better than a trip through the drive thru! What's on your plate tonight?

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