Anybody got a crazy week planned? We sure do! Looking ahead I see very little breathing room, with meetings or responsibilities each night. Ironically, yesterday was a quiet day for us, which gave me some time to prepare for the onslaught. One way that I get ready is to cook components of dinner ahead of time, so I grilled all the vegetables I had on hand. I simply chopped everything, poured a little grapeseed oil and seasoning (I think it was tarragon this time) and threw it all on the grill. The corn was simply slathered in butter, salt and pepper.
Now I can pull out flank steak, chicken or shrimp and marinate it for the day. Cook the protein while making a grain like rice, quinoa or grits and re-heat the veggies. Or I could leave off the meat and simply add them to some fresh pasta with olive oil and tomatoes. We keep Tandoori Naan on hand for a quick bread to complete the meal. The corn will be used as an ingredient in a soup or salsa this week. I don’t know about you, but I need to feel like I have a plan, or fool myself into thinking that I have one! With this simple step accomplished, we will actually have real food on the table this week, even if we only sit at the table for a few minutes!