I’m the first one to advocate cooking from scratch. It tastes better and it’s better for you, but there’s something to be said for convenience too. There are days when I am simply too tired to cook from scratch, so I cheat. I call it my guilt-free cooking.
When I’ve been working all day–especially outside, where I’m apt to be dirty, sweaty, and sore from heavy lifting, I will reach for prepared foods. Not ready made meals–unless they’re the frozen meals I made during some down time, but food that I deem satisfactory enough to make into a meal or as an accompaniment to a meal.
These are some of my go-to, in-a-pinch meals.
Fajita meat: I buy the family pack of John Soules Fajita meat. The nice thing about this product is that you can cook it up quickly even from its frozen state. While a pale contender to my fajita meat (I make great fajitas!), it serves in a pinch.
Strangely enough, I use it most often as breakfast meat. Greg generally likes some sort of meat with his breakfast and this one is easy to have on hand.
Egg Rolls: Greg makes the best egg rolls I’ve ever had, but getting him to cook is like asking Congress to agree on anything. I buy a big package of egg rolls from Costco. They’re better than the egg rolls from our favorite Chinese restaurant. Nowhere near as good as Greg’s egg rolls, but for a quick snack, they’re fine.
Corndogs: Talk about easy. Another product from Costco. These are actually quite good. The breading is thick and sweetened with a touch of honey, a good complement to mustard and ketchup. Perfect for a light lunch or a snack.
Pizza: I guess everyone keeps a frozen pizza around. Greg makes a to-die-for thick pan pizza, but again, remember Greg = Congress. He has to be in the mood to cook. I keep a couple of pizzas in the freezer for those nights when I just want something fast, and I don’t want to go out.
Canned Soup: I make 90% of my soup from scratch. Had I known it was so easy to make I would’ve started years ago. Sometimes though there’s no time to make soup, and if I’m the one who gets sick I sure as heck won’t be cooking. Canned soup is pretty yucky by comparison but if you’re sick you have no taste buds anyway, so you might as well have some on hand.
Canned Ravioli (or other canned pasta): I really dislike this stuff, but Greg likes it–cold no less! I keep some on hand for days when I’m not home and he’s prowling the pantry.
So what about you? Do you keep any prepared food in your freezer or pantry?