Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The non-30-minute meal

The other night, we had chicken caesar salad wraps for dinner.  For most people, this would be a simple dinner that one could throw together at the last minute.  For us, it is a multi-day, or at the very least, an hour-long process.  Let's compare.

Normal People

Buy rotisserie chicken, lettuce, tortillas, dressing.  If you are feeling fancy, you can make your own dressing and just be out a few minutes.  Debone the chicken, toss the meat with the dressing, and put everything on the table.  BAM!  Dinner done in less than 30 minutes.

Chez Lady Susan

The day before, cook a whole chicken in the crockpot since it is difficult, nay impossible, to find a gluten-free, corn-free, soy-free, low-sodium rotisserie chicken.  Debone it, freeze half for another dish, and save the other half for your dinner tomorrow.  Make broth from the carcass.  (If tonight is your lucky night, you might be able to skip this step just be able to defrost the chicken that you have stored in your freezer.  Win.)

During the afternoon while your child naps and the other plays by himself, mix together the dough for the tortillas.  Heat up the skillet and laboriously roll and cook 9 tortillas that will be eaten in less time than it took to make them.  (However, practice does make perfect, and you are getting pretty skilled at making tortillas in only 30 minutes!  Pat yourself on the back.)

Store-bought dressing is out, so you make your own.  You prefer that anyway.  You check the homemade mayo in the fridge and find it on its way south.  Dump it and start afresh by making new mayonnaise.  Assemble the rest of the ingredients for the dressing and toss with the chicken you defrosted earlier.

About an hour (or a day!) after you started the process, you have dinner ready to put on the table.  Go you!  Try not to look at the mountain of dirty dishes created from having to make everything from scratch that you will have to wash later.

1 comment:

RFamily said...

I think you should write Mel and request a 30 minute meal that meets your specs!

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