Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Deadline Dinner

I had to have "the talk" with my sons this week. No, not that talk--Miley Cyrus and 6th grade Health class took care of most of that. This was the one-month-to-deadline talk. It's the talk where I inform them that, for the next couple of weeks, dinner is what it is, and we're all pretty lucky to be eating anything at all. So if I say I'm making spaghetti and we end up having elbow macaroni mixed with a can of diced tomatoes, well there it is. I didn't go to the grocery store. I'm on deadline. Menus have been planned and abandoned. Lists have been written and left in the car. My head is too full of the next chapter, the dropped character, the ever-looming word count. Me? I could live on frozen waffles, Nutella, coffee and Yoplait Lemon Cream Pie Yogurt. Oh, and Diet Coke. Lots and lots of Diet Coke. The family, however, has grown accustomed to eating a quasi-balanced diet on a semi-regular basis. For now, if I can keep us from digging dinner out of a greasy bag more than twice a week, I'm feeling pretty good!

And, yes, the picture is a spaghetti taco. Don't judge me...

So. This week's challenge? A week off for Thanksgiving, so I won't be the only person in my family working! It'll be a week to prepare and freeze some dinners to get the whole Pittman family through those last few chapters. Feel free to leave me a comment with your best suggestions for make-ahead meals. We can only eat so much chilli...

By the way, for those wondering, I did reach last week's goal, resulting in a lovely body of Caress silky ribbon body wash. Nothing like a nice, candle-lit bath at midnight after a long day's writing.

1 comment:

  1. LOL! I giggled reading this. Soul sisters.

    My favorite easy recipe is called 6 Can Tortilla Soup. Let's see if I can remember it. I change it depending on what's in the pantry.

    2 cans chicken broth (I use bullion cubes)
    1 can chicken breast (a little bigger than a tuna can)
    1 can black beans (sometimes I drain them, sometimes not)
    1 can diced tomatoes with chilis (feel free to substitute salsa or whatever)
    1 can sweet corn

    Heat to serving temp and garnish with crushed tortilla chips, shredded cheddar and sour cream, and hot sauce. Lots and lots of hot sauce.

    Hope this is helpful and you can even teach kids and hubs to open them there cans all on their lonesome. :) Have a great week!