Wednesday, September 1, 2010

dinner last night: making do.

A trip to Gelson's seemed out of the range of reason yesterday even though the list of edible items in our kitchen has dwindled to little (or nothing according to the five year old.) We are leaving for the long weekend on Friday morning and have plans for dinner the next two nights, so really, what point was there?  (Although, I'm fairly certain the lack of motivation for a grocery store run was due more to my laziness and my desire to spend one of the last days of summer with the girlies at the pool.)  So I decided to give Ava a lesson in making do (rather than ordering out for pizza) and here's what we used:  

one onion, sliced and caramelized in a couple swirls of olive oil 
(with a bit of brown sugar added at just the right moment--Is there anything better than the smell of sauteed onions?  Maybe homemade chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven, but I digress.)
frozen organic brown rice from Trader Joe's (cooks in 3 minutes in the micro!)
grilled corn on the cob left over from Sunday's bbq
a few packages of soy sauce 
three eggs, scrambled
a bag of mixed veggies from the freezer
oh, and of course, the current house pour (for momma and Sparky)

Okay, so nothing spectacularly gourmet happening here, I realize that. But the resulting meal of vegetable fried rice was actually pretty tasty and on top of that healthy, and on top of that cheap.  A win, win, win in my book.  If I thought anyone was actually reading this, I'd ask what's your go to, make do meal?


  1. Spaghetti.
    Or breakfast: eggs and toast.
    Or Top Ramen.
    I'm nowhere near as cool as you are. =D

  2. you also only have to please yourself kiki. =) if i only had to please myself, i'd eat a cheese plate, a pear, and a glass of red every damn night. xo

  3. These are often my favorite types of meals- simple, resourceful, cheap... and tasty (hopefully:).