Thursday, September 30, 2010

my evening: a mixture of FML & #Fail

Yesterday, I was out sick. I stayed home from work and worried about work, checked work emails, and pretty much refused to relax. Finally I took a 3 hour nap and woke up feeling worse.

By that time it was close to dinner time and Dave and I were getting hungry. We eat out all the time. Like every night. So tonight, I thought that I would make dinner at home and try to eat healthier. Plus I may or may not have been feeling a wee bit on the "domestic" side.

I ran to the grocery store as it is literally just a mile away. I came back with ingredients to make chicken parmesean. I was met with a disappointed Dave who thought I had run to our local Applebee's to get us the 2 for $20 deal.

When Dave is hungry he is grouchy. When I am hungry I am grouchy but not as bad. This is not a good mix.

I knew I had a half hour or less to make this dinner which was going to be tricky. So of course the pressure is on and everything gets messed up.

First I messed up the breading recipe for the chicken. I had to throw it out and start over. Then I spilled cleaning solution all over the hard wood floors. I burned myself several times. Pasta sauce boiled over and stained my white Ralph Lauren tee that is a favorite of mine. (Dave says, "why are you cooking in white?" Me: "I don't know. I didn't think about it.") The pasta ended up sticking to the pan. The chicken didn't cook all the way through in 25 minutes on 350 like normal and so I served Dave this terrible dinner and then he cut into the chicken and it was raw. I mean RAW as in pink, bloody, rawness.

Needless to say dinner went in the garbage. Dave said we will stick to eating out. I said that I want to learn to cook. He said not at the expense of food poisoning. Humph.

A burned hamburger i once tried to serve Dave for dinner

I can handle crisis on campus with students such as but not limited to sexual assault, death, suicidal ideation, alcohol overdose; many complex things but I can't handle a simple dinner in 30 minutes?

Help me out. What is something I could make that is simple and easy to prepare in 30 minutes? I feel like a failure.

17 thoughts:

Jessica said...

black bean quesadillas, seen here:

Super easy, super simple, healthy, and really tasty.

Lulu, Karl, Carlita, y Luke said...

HA ha ha!!! That is one burnt burger. We have to start you with simple - nothing too fancy like you tried to do. Pasta with sauce. Peanut butter sandwich. There's cooking schools in Wilmington. I love using recipes from FoodNetwork. There are some really simple and easy ones. You can learn!

Cassie said...

I actually just plain hate cooking. One easy one that everyone loves around here is chicken coated in French onion strips (you know the kind for green bean casserole). I cut boneless skinless chicken into strips, and then coat it in egg, and then bread it with some crunched up onion strips. Then I bake it for 30-40 minutes at 350. Instant potatoes and frozen corn are great sides with this. . .not great for you, but very good and pretty fast.

Jessica said...

tacos, spaghetti, nachos, chili.

one of my favorite & rather easy recipes is baked chicken.

i will thaw out the chicken, put spices on it. i usually use Tony Chacheres Original Cajun Seasoning (i'm from louisiana & believe it or not it's the main spice i use), a little lemon juice & a little bit of garlic salt. i wrap chicken in aluminum foil & cook it for 30 mins at 350. and it's usually cooked by then, if not just let it cook a little longer. or you can grill it. i make mac & cheese, green beans, or whatever sides to go with it.

another easy light meal is turkey wrap:
flour/whole grain tortillas, cream cheese, lettuce, shredded cheese, turkey meat (lunch meat), salsa. warm your tortilla, spread cream cheese over tortilla, layer it with salsa, lettuce, shredded cheese, turkey.. & roll it up. you can have fruit or chips on the side. love it!

Mama Pea said...

doesn't sound like a fun day for you :( i'm not much of a cook either. this is 1 of my favorite recipes because it is so simple, delicious, and filling (and quick):
It's Real Simple Easy Shepherd's Pie:

la petite coquine said...

The most important thing to remember is that you're going to burn things. You're going to screw up. And it's okay.

I'm a pretty confident cook, and even I screw up. Big time. Just last week, I left potatoes boiling and came home to find them burnt to the pan.

If you only have thirty minutes, try a one dish supper-pasta, pizza, something without lots of moving pieces. Just keep working at it, and try to give yourself more time that you think you need when you're trying a new recipe.

Mrs. Patrick said...

I was going to suggest crunchy chicken but Cassie already did! It is SUPER easy and prep is 5 min tops and cooking is 20 min (as long as you use small pieces I usually cut chicken breats in half! AND the recipe is on the can of French Onions which is very handy!!!!

Another easy one is make hamburger patties and put in a pyrex pan and cover with your favorite vegies (can) I use carrots, potatoes, artichoke is really good, onions, mushrooms just whatever put it in the oven for 30-40 min and serve over rice (I use boil in a bag which KILLS my husband b/c he is a rice farmer lol) Good Luck!

Watkins35 said...

bless you! I had a day like that last Wednesday, I was beginning to think the universe had it in for me (maybe it's Wednesday's??).

Curry and rice perhaps? If it's white rice it only takes 10 minutes & if you do either a paneer curry or a chickpea curry you haven't got to worry about raw meat etc, but you could do a curry (or stirfry) quickly but it's still yummy.

I've got a few nice recipes we use (one's for a quick soup) on my blog, both curry's on there are quite quick. Hope they help, & that your weekend is a good one. x

The Bonjour Four said...

aw girl im so sorry! hope you get to feeling better. Well, you know on my "this week's recipes" tab I have lots of recipes. Most don't take me even 30 minutes.

Michelle said...

I hope you are feeling better! <3

Hmmm...I think stroganoff, spaghetti, meatloaf, chicken casserole, and pasta salad are my quickest (and easiest) toss together meals. I'm not much of a cook, but I am trying!

Delia said...

You are more ambitious than me. If I only have 30 minutes I make chicken salad sandwiches from canned chicken {which I always have on hand}, mayo and cut up apples or grapes.

Sorry your dinner didn't turn out. :(

For any recipe that is new to me I always give myself at least an hour or more to make it. When you get stressed or strapped for time you make more mistakes. Trust me...I know too well. :) So giving yourself an extra 30 minutes while snacking on a handful of nuts {so you don't get too grouchy- my husband has that problem too} will probably fix the problem. Good luck!

Delia said...

Another really fast one is nachos. Cover chips with cheese on a plate. Microwave it. Then put out a bunch of dips {bean, salsa, sour cream, guacamole} with chopped onion, tomatoes, etc. for toppings.

Kim said...

girl get yourself a crock pot & you will feel like a domestic goddess. dump ingredients, turn on, go to work, come home to the house smelling awesome and dinner is ready! boom.

((same as delia, nachos are also our go to quick meal. i try to put as many veggies on there as possible! green onions, tomatoes, olives, red onions, guacamole, and then throw in some black beans for protein))

Lonnie said...

Are you eating meat again? A favorite quick meal at my house is take a chicken breast and split in half length-wise, so you have 2 pieces. Season each side with salt and pepper, then lightly coat in flour. Shake off extra flour and saute over med-hi heat in a little oil. Cook each side for about 3-5 minutes, depending on thickness of meat. (You can tell if it is done by the firmness). Great side dish is gnocchi (buy the store-bought kind they have on the pasta aisle, these are potato dumplings) and boil them until they float, like 6 minutes. After you drain, add back to pot with a couple tablespoons of prepared pesto sauce, and stir.

Very yummy and QUICK dinner. :)

Monique said...

Get a crock pot - seriously. You can make easy and yummy things in them. Just pour the stuff into it in the morning and when you get home from work your home is filled with yummy smells. And you guys will have a hot meal with no fuss no muss - just ready to eat.

I got tired of spilling while I cooked and bought a couple of aprons. They have saved many outfits. One of your esty/blogger friends makes really super cute aprons - might be time to invetst. Just make sure to get a full apron, one that goes around your neck to protect the top of your outfit too.

PatriciaD said...

Oh, you poor thing. I actually LOVE to cook and have a huge repertoire of favorite recipes but here's a REALLY simple to cook and very good soup. You brown one pound of ground beef in a pan. Drain the fat in a colander and rinse with hot water. Pour into a soup pan. Add 1 can vegetable soup (Campbell is my favorite), two cans of Minestrone soup (same note), 1 can of Ranch style beans (with or without jalapenos), 1 can of Rotel tomatoes and 1 can of water. Heat through and serve either with cornbread (get a boxed kind) or grilled cheese sandwiches. It sounds perfectly awful but really is VERY good. My family requests it all the time.

PatriciaD said...

Oops! Gina forgot to tell you I'm here from SITS and our new group...White mouse!!

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