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Quick and easy dinners in a pinch

I have a cold. I'm not at my best. Yet, where oh where are my sick days? Ha, ha. Oh, I crack myself up. Still working without a contract on that one. So in that I am not so ill as to find subs for my help times at the kids' school, I mostly managed to fulfill my week's obligations. But where I came up short was in meal planning and grocery shopping. I've found that if I jot down my meal plan for the week, then shop accordingly, I waste less food and feel much less stress over feeding my family and nurturing their health. But tell me, dear reader, that you know how it goes? Sometimes, you just cannot face the grocery store. When your head feels like it is going to explode from congestion. And/or your nose is running like a faucet.

That was me yesterday. I had enough food in the freezer and pantry to pull off a classic spaghetti on Monday night. That's one of those quick and easy go-to meals in our family. It also happens to be my 9-year-old daughter's FAVORITE. So bonus points there.

Last night? I just wanted to curl up on the sofa and watch my president address the state of the union. But I did pull off another easy and quick meal: whole wheat quesadillas with tomato soup. Whenever we have any meat leftover from a meal, it usually gets chopped up finely and frozen for quesadillas. Chicken, chops, steak, salmon. Doesn't really matter. It makes for a meat-light meal and uses up small bits of leftovers. If I've got frozen beans or leftover brown rice, we'll throw some of that in too. Oh, and the fruit/veggie quotient? For those with working taste buds, there was salsa of course. And also some peeled satsumas and sliced pears. Not especially fancy, but nutritious.

There was a time not too long ago when if I was sick, it'd be take-out for sure. Or one of those pre-cooked rotisserie chickens that you can get just about everywhere. So I'd rate my sick-day meals in a pinch as a step in the right direction. Not all home-made but moderately healthy.

What are your best quick and easy meals in a pinch?


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