Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Feeling Restless

Happy Tuesday, Persephoneers! I’ve been working my way through this (incredibly tasty) omelet month lately, and the main reason I embarked upon it was because I was bored with the food I’d been making lately. Which got me thinking.

You know when you’re really hungry, but you just can’t think of anything to eat?

What is your go-to food to eat when you can’t actually come up with an idea?

By Meghan Young Krogh

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22 replies on “Lunchtime Poll: Feeling Restless”

I don’t think I have a go-to meal. Since I shop for weekly ingredients to fit a weekly meal plan, I don’t usually have extra stuff lying around. So if I don’t know what to make or don’t feel like making it, we just order pizza. (Fortunately, this isn’t often.)

I do the same, but I always keep extra canned tomatoes and pasta on hand, just in case. The best laid plans and all that. I used to just stick to my list, but then when I came home from work tired or got stuck out unexpectedly, we’d just end up with fast food or other junk, and it was happening way too often. You are definitely stronger than I am!

Are we talking for snack or for dinner?

For dinner, I have two go-to lazy dinners that I rely on far too heavily. The first is cut up bits of chicken breast with lemon pepper seasoning* browned in a pan on the stovetop served with boiled pasta, usually ziti or thin spaghetti, plus some steamed whatever kind of frozen veggie we have laying around. The second is some ground meat, browned in a slightly deeper pan on the stovetop, then I dump in a can of diced tomatoes and add some spices – onion powder, basil, salt, pepper, garlic powder – with a splash of wine or vodka. Served over some kind of long spaghetti with grated parmesean cheese on top. They both sound way more complicated than they really are and take about twenty minutes to half an hour start to finish, including defrosting the meat.

For a snack, I like buttery crackers (Ritz or Town House or whatever) with either sharp cheddar cheese or plain cream cheese, depending on what we have around the house.

*I bought this giant bottle of lemon pepper seasoning at Sam’s Club I swear back when I was in grad school, and it’s only half gone. It’s less potent than it used to be – which is fine because it used to be really strong – so I just go a bit heavy on it. But it works with pretty much everything and makes even the most boring lazy dinner option just a little more interesting.

Some kind of dip.  Usually if I’m hungry but don’t know what to make, it’s because a “meal” sounds like work.  In that case, guacamole and tortilla chips (which is what I”m eating right now) is perfect.  I can eat as I go about doing whatever it is I need to get done at my desk that day.  By the way, best recipe for guac taught to me by a Columbian friend:  avocado + salt + lime juice + garlic.  Mash and mix to desired consistency and flavor.

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