Service of Fast Food Tips for Dinner

October 15th, 2020

Categories: Fast Food, Food, Recipes, Uncategorized

I admire Facebook postings of images of elaborate dishes and desserts for one or two lovingly assembled and photographed by friends but I am not tempted to imitate any of them. I look for something quick and easy. [While I’m sure all are delicious, some don’t translate well on camera and look alarmingly unappetizing, reminding me of the old saw “only a face a mother could love.”]

As the weather cools off I might make a boeuf bourguignon or a quiche Lorraine with the idea of freezing leftovers for future meals but I’m not in a rush. I use every pot in the apartment for the former, [I cook each vegetable separately], and make the crust for the quiche. Counter space for rolling out the dough is in short supply in my kitchen and I’m off-put by also having to dig out my food processor.

If it’s suddenly 7:30 pm I am grateful if I have an Amy’s Pizza in the freezer. I break it in two, put the other half back in the freezer, toss a simple salad while it heats in a toaster-oven and voila!

Speaking of salad, it takes minutes to make a spectacular and filling chef one.  I buy real baked ham from a local vendor–it’s sliced off a majestic bone by hand and doesn’t resemble the slimy packaged or compressed variety. To slices of ham I add what’s in the house such as Swiss cheese, tomato, mozzarella, all sliced, and top it off with a simple oil and vinegar dressing. Cold chicken works too. A few frozen peas or corn kernels heated in a bit of water until just hot is a toothsome and pretty addition.

A beautiful, wonderful country bread for one that costs $5-$8–much that I love it–doesn’t make sense. Trader Joe’s sells ciabatta rolls that I immediately put in small baggies and freeze. I warm a roll in the toaster oven at 350° for seven minutes. The crust is crisp and wonderful and the warm inside welcomes a little olive oil and slices of cheese and tomato.

I also like fettuccine Alfredo or vegetable fried rice from Trader Joe’s, a hot meal in minutes. I add pepper and a few peas to the former and if I have cold chicken, a few small pieces to the latter.

This is apple season. I like Honey Crisp best but try a new variety each week at the farmer’s market. I just bought firecracker apples. I slice the fruit thin–like potato chips.

Do you have quick meal ideas or do you or your mate make elaborate dinners for you and your family? When thinking of food can you erase from your mind all the hungry in this country and the world?

 

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14 Responses to “Service of Fast Food Tips for Dinner”

  1. JBS Said:

    My son does all the cooking (salad, potato, vegetable and meat). I taught him to cook years ago as a teenager. Now I’m reaping the benefits!

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:

    JBS,

    You are a lucky woman!

    The other day I took advantage of a gift certificate at an excellent local restaurant and chose an amazing dinner. The meat came with perfectly prepared green beans and mashed potato and I ordered a side of spinach. There was so much food that I had more than enough for three dinners! What a treat! Few dishes to wash and great food.

  3. Kathleen Said:

    I’m hungry, time for lunch! Recently I came upon a recipe I tucked away about cooking linguine (or any pasta) and add about 3 minutes with broccoli florets or peas (or other veggies) as you’re finishing the pasta. Then add to white alfredo sauce and you’ve added pasta with some greens.

    Also another version if you have cut-up chicken to add can of cream of chicken (or mushroom) soup uncondenesed. Add a little bit of half and half to thin out the concentrate soup; then add the cooked linguine you’ve added the broccoli or peas. Heat it all just a moment. It’s a whole dish meal that’s tasty. Add a big dish and you’ll have another meal for another night.

  4. Martha Takayama Said:

    I don’t know why, but lockdown has lessened the appeal of many foods I previously really wanted to eat.

    My Japanese husband is an excellent cook and makes fun of me as a product of American canned food cuisine. It is not entirely fair. We agree that many varieties of Rana Italian ravioli make a delicious quick meal as does other pasta. Tuna salad with mayonnaise, with frozen peas and carrots or raisins, apple and nuts (like Waldorf salad ) makes a nice light meal. We both make vegetable, chicken or shrimp curry using Japanese S & B cubes or pondered curry. He whips up vegetable and chicken, fish or shrimp tempura. Both the curry and the shrimp can be frozen for at least a 2nd meal. He loves to bake French bread in particular and does it quickly.

    I confess that I feel guilty that lockdown has not only not made me want to experiment with cuisine, but to be lazy even about making standby easy desserts like brownies and apple crisp. My husband made me a French apple tarte for my birthday with golden delicious apples which I had never used for baking.

    I am fond of Trader Joe’s prepared Alsaciennes tartes. My other secret for prepared food is curbside pickup from Wellesley, MA’s Captain Marden. They are a very New England Yankee fish market and purveyors to fine restaurants, but also prepare a selection of fish dinners and carry locally made quiche that taste homemade and can be fresh frozen.

  5. Jeanne Byington Said:

    Kathleen,

    Sounds delish! These are good, tummy-warming recipes to have around for this winter whether we’re stuck inside due to inclement weather or we’re ducking raging Covid-19 stats.

  6. Jeanne Byington Said:

    Martha,

    I bet Taka’s bread is amazing. Imagine what your apartment smells like while he’s baking it! Bread is a favorite food group. I also love curry. Homer used to make delicious curry.

    Midtown Catch in Manhattan off First Ave and 57th Street sounds just like Captain Marden’s. For years we treated ourselves to superb poached salmon with green or mustard sauce and their homemade marinara can’t be beat. The pandemic has been a blow to this gem. They didn’t have the sauce all summer, they cut their hours and open days but they are worth a visit as whatever they sell is topnotch and deservedly pricey.

    Tuna is a great thing to have around just in case. They way you describe serving it makes it sound appetizing. I might soon just open the can I have.

    I will add the Trader Joe’s tartes to my TJ list. I’m not familiar with Rana Italian ravioli–will keep an eye out.

  7. EAM Said:

    EAM on Facebook: I’ve ordered from Freshly which are refrigerated meals (not frozen). They’re good.

  8. Jeanne Byington Said:

    EAM,

    How do they keep the food safe/cold in transit?

  9. EAM Said:

    EAM on Facebook: they package it with freezer blocks.

  10. Lucrezia Said:

    I’m a lousy candidate for receiving food posts. I give an automatic thumbs up for those received on FaceBook, and suffer loss of appetite when being attacked by same on TV. You guessed it folks, I’m no cook, and am very set in my ways when it comes to favorites…..Next!

  11. Jeanne Byington Said:

    Lucrezia,

    I was so spoiled for many years by a husband who cooked well. I go through the motions and often am glad that dinner is over. He would not have eaten some of the food I make for myself [and I wouldn’t have blamed him!].

  12. Lisa Hillman Said:

    Lisa on Facebook: Jeanne

    with it just being me and My husband, I’m thankful he’s good with just having something easy most days – something grilled and a veggie. But we love putting together a charcuterie plate – good cheese, sopresata, procuitto, nuts, hummus, fruit and crackers/pita bread. And I course a nice glass of wine. 🍷 I’m not one of those people whose pantry is packed with canned goods, and I don’t have a lot in my freezer. I do think of the less fortunate who are going hungry each and every day, especially when I’m throwing food away because I let it ruin. It makes me feel guilty. I usually only buy groceries for 3 days/meals to keep from wasting food. Unfortunately even then I find myself being wasteful. 😕

  13. Jeanne Byington Said:

    Lisa,

    I too try to be careful about tossing out food. When it’s fresh and I know I can’t eat it all in time I try to give it away.

    The other day I bought something I shouldn’t have: a box of powdered mini donuts. I haven’t had one in over a year and had a yen. I usually don’t give in. I put on plastic gloves and mask (required), brought the box and a clean extra container to the lobby and shared 3/4 + of the donuts with door staff at my apartment. I had a bunch for lunch. Yum! Zero wasted!

    I bought too much corn the other day and forgot about the third ear until it was too late. Broke my heart when I had to toss it.

  14. Lisa Hillman Said:

    Lisa on Facebook: Nothing like having a not so good for you treat you haven’t had in a long time! We have to treat ourselves every now and then! We deserve it! 😊 I like Entenmann’s chocolate cover donuts! Sinful! 🤣

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