Five minute meals: what to do when you’ve been at work for ten hours and you don’t want takeout

Try this …

018Instead of stopping for my usual fast food treat – I live in a neighborhood where I can get basically any kind of food you can think of (from Indian to Persian to Chinese to pizza to KFC to burgers and fries to… well, you get the picture) on my way home – tonight I stopped at the grocery store that is on my way home, thinking to buy some sausages and figure out something to do with them.

I bought three lovely beef sausages, a pint of grape tomatoes, and started from there. I checked out the fridge and found celery and zucchini already chopped. I often wash and chop vegetables and fruit (while I was waiting for the sauages to cook I chopped my grape tomatoes in half and peeled and chopped a canteloupe) when I get them home from the market so they’re ready when I get home from what are mostly very long days. Today I really appreciated that. I made some rice in the microwave, broiled the sausages, then microwaved the celery, zucchini and the grape tomatoes (which I had chopped in half). Start to finish, it probably took me fifteen minutes. I seldom buy sausages, but these beef ones – lovely and sweet and salty at the same time – are going to find permanent space in my freezer for a quick dinner.

So, for those of you who, like me, often leave home at 7:30 in the morning and get home pretty close to 6:00 or even later, this is a snap. And delicious. Plus I made enough for both my partner and I to have for lunch tomorrow. Three meals in fifteen minutes: that equals five minutes a meal. That’s pretty close to the perfect timeline for most of my days.

I’m going to try and come up with some more five minute meals that are tasty and healthy and even look good over the summer because it looks like I’m going to have a whole lot of 10 or 11 hour days at the office.




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