Go-to quickie meal

  1. When you’re ravenous what is your go-to quickie meal that you turn to? I’m trying to brainstorm options to deter me from always eating out. Thank you in advance!
     
  2. Not exactly the healthiest options, but I keep Trader Joe's mandarin chicken or flatbreads in my freezer for nights like that. Spaghetti carbonara is a very quick meal I can whip together as long as I remember to keep pancetta on hand.
     
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  3. I like munching on cheesesticks, brie, mini babybel. I'm not the pickiest eater, though. I'll also eat eggs any time of the day.
     
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  4. I always cook large batches of taco meat, bolognese sauce, and soups and then freeze them in small ziplock bags. I lay them flat to freeze so that it's easier to take out the bag and heat. When we need a quick meal, anyone can grab a bag and empty it right into a pot...no need to defrost.
     
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  5. That's a good idea to freeze flat. I'm going to try that!
     
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  6. Egg flower soup. Heat low salt chicken broth to boil, transfer to bowl or mug, add one raw egg, and stir briskly with a whisk or fork.

    I always have hard boiled eggs in the frig. I can eat them with salt & pepper, make deviled eggs, or slice into a salad. If caviar is in the frig, I make deviled eggs with it.

    Pork chops are fast and easy. Just saute in a pan with Worcestershire sauce.

    I keep really good canned soup in the cupboard, like Amy's and Wolfgang Puck. I heat up a bowl and add herbs, chili oil, or Worcestershire sauce.

    Turkey bacon or bacon is a tasty addition to eggs or soup.

    When basil is in season, I make pesto complete with parmesan and freeze in ice cube trays. When frozen solid, I transfer to baggies. This way I can saute a boneless, skinless chicken thigh or breast and put a melted cube of pesto on it for lots of flavor.

    Alfredo sauce from the deli works well for chicken, too.

    When I make stew in the slow cooker, I double the recipe and freeze servings in plastic containers.

    btw - I avoid grains and starches. When I am tired and hungry, that's what I want and they are not good for me. So I don't keep them in the house.

    Now that a tPF poster taught me to put portions in baggies and freeze flat, that's what I will be doing from now on. Thanks!
     
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  7. My go-to meal are lamb chops with sauteed kale and homemade mashed potatoes. It doesn't take me a long time to complete and very satisfying!
     
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  8. Sounds amazing!
     
  9. Great ideas, I'm going to have to steal these!