Help me out. I'm having a bad case of the mid-winter fuckits. So done with cooking, planning, painstakingly caring.
I am out of shits to give, people. Completely out.
Until further notice, I want "Meets Requirements" meals to land on my dinner table. A lack of dishes would be perfect, but I'll honestly just about take anything.
All four food groups should be represented. I call upon you, hive mind, to give me your ideas!
Peanut butter, carrot sticks, pretzels and a glass of milk.
Banannas, toasted bagels, raisins and yogurt.
Deli chicken, baguette, coleslaw and cut up watermelon (grocery store deli FTW!)
We have been carbs addicts this winter, so even when I cook the meal is often lentils and rice. So, in other words, I'm cool with the one or two items of any of your lists! I really need to add more frozen broccoli to the routine. So, would you allow frozen broccoli, frozen naan and yogurt?
PB&J. That's three right there. Add a glass of milk and that's four. And yes, I am counting jam as a fruit.
Frozen fish sticks, carrot sticks, bread sticks, and a tube of yogurt. It's a meal of sticks!
Frozen corn and canned beans on a corn tortilla topped with prepared salsa and a slice of melted cheese. Slice because that's way easier than grating it. And cleans up quicker.
Apple (wash it yourself), presliced cheese (peel it yourself), piece of bread (grab it as you run through the kitchen), and ... wait, what food group am I missing?
That third one is for a special occasion.
BUN: I don't have to eat the broccoli while it's still frozen, right?
Oracle: Meal of sticks! I love it! I did circle meal one night with slicing apples, oranges, tomatoes, kelbassa, ritz crackers and boccini cheese. The kids thought I was the most brilliant person ever.
I made hot dogs the other night. AlphaGeek cut up tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, and broccoli for a veggie plate. I peeled a bunch of mandarins, and set out a plate with cubed cheese. That was our dinner. Aside from the hot dogs, I just plunked everything down on the lazy susan on the table, and whenever we wanted something, we just turned it to get to our grub. The kids liked it, and clean up was a snap.
Pasta, jarred sauce, shredded cheese, carrot sticks. Apple or banana for dessert. Done and done.
We also do a fair amount of toad-in-a-hole plus carrot sticks. This is less applicable for larger families, however.
We ALSO do separate kid and adult meals. Adult meal = the same vegetable or lentil soup that sits in the fridge for several days, add additional bits of excitement to it as absolutely necessary. Ooh, what will it be tonight? Adding curry powder? The end of the bag of sliced almonds? A can of chickpeas? YOU NEVER KNOW AT MY HOUSE.
We have what we call snack dinner usually once a week. Usually it's hummus - either bought or homemade- whatever kinds of cheeses we've got hanging around, apples, oranges, carrots, pepper slices, crackers, and a sliced meat of some kind. DW loves the fancy smoked meats.
Get a whole chicken or chicken pieces. Season with salt and pepper. Toss some onion, celery, carrot, a lemon, whatever into the crockpot and cook it until it's done. Fish out the chicken pieces, strain the broth and put the chicken and broth in the fridge until the next day. Scoop off the congealed fat, throw away. Boil some water for little pasta and put all the congealed broth in there, too. While the pasta's cooking, pull the chicken off the bone. When the pasta's done, toss the chicken in the pot to reheat. Yeah, there's some cooking, but if you just use chicken thighs, the deboning is superfast, and this makes a lot of yummy food quickly and for cheap!
We also do hot sandwich night when we go grocery shopping on Sunday afternoons, because we get home right before dinner time. We buy big sandwich rolls and deli meats. DW and I like French Dip sandwiches, GW likes hot ham and cheese. I put up groceries and DW assembles. Put the meat or meat and cheese on the rolls, wrap in foil, and put them in the oven until they're hot. For the dip, I just make beef broth from a stock concentrate I have on hand. Everyone can choose their sides - chips and carrots, fruit, whatever. Sometimes I make sweet potato fries - either from frozen (just frozen sliced sweet taters) or fresh, if I have time.
Oh, I forgot one that I had at a wedding one. Proscuttio, melon, baugette and goat cheese.
I am lucky that my spouse likes to cook. Otherwise every meal we had would be a total fuck it meal. I don't cook. It takes energy and then there are dishes. So I'm now imagining what I would eat with no spouse.
Hummus, veggies, pita bread.
Quesadillas with salsa.
Soup from a can plus veggie hot dogs (or real hot dogs, whatever)
Gardein orange "chicken" and broccoli.
Edamame, cheese hunks, olives.
Frozen microwave lasagna.
Scrambled eggs and toast and veggie bacon.
Grilled cheese and soup.
Pizza - frozen crust, cheese, spaghetti sauce, whatever's about to go bad in the fridge.
Also, my office has a new thing going where we take whatever bit of leftovers we have, throw it over greens with a hard boiled egg crumbled on top. Instant salad! It kind of reminds me of hermit crab's soup, actually. :)
Other than that, I dunno. The last time the life duet (aka the shopper and chef) was out of town I literally ate a store-bought rotisserie chicken and peaches. For like five days. Thank goddess he took the kid with him or we'd have starved. I do not cook.