So I got to thinking - how much time that must save! How nice it must be to just come home and drink a giant glass of milk while nibbling on some carrots and brocolli, instead of worrying about cooking.
I won't be doing this, because I really don't like milk. I like chocolate milk, and I drink it sometimes, but usually I just grab a diet shake (fortified with protein and vitamins) instead.
But I began to wonder how long I could live for off of 5-minute meals without getting bored or missing food. Simple tacos/burritos, salads with pre-made tofu, veggie burgers, microwaveable meals, a pre-made mix of stir fry veggies coupled with a curry sauce; canned beans and minute rice. I'm not sure how this would go - I love foods that simmer. In fact, I love food too much generally - I love to savor what I'm eating. I love to really enjoy my meal. But this semester, 5-minute meals don't seem like such a bad idea. Neither does coming home to a carton of milk and a hunk of cheese. So for the next month, which we'll plan at the end of this week, I think I'm going to try to add some more "quick-fix" meals instead of meals that take a little longer. (Didn't really think about night classes when I made the first plan.)
This week? Mac & Cheese with stilton; goat cheese tacos; devilishly delicious seitan chilli, and salmon with pearled couscous. Chili simmers in the crockpot all day; tacos take 5-minutes, so I think that salmon and the mac & cheese will be the two most time-consuming meals of the week - but still, not bad.
What do you do to deal with time and effort in the kitchen? How do you cut down on one or both without sacrificing flavor, health, or cost? Can we have it all?