Just another manic Monday!! I ended up at the office late today, and was not excited at the prospect of having to make dinner, and possibly taking a trip to the grocery store. Luckily, I had everything I needed to construct a basic meal, but that just means putting off the trip to the store until tomorrow.
I don’t know if it’s the heat lately, or the fact that I haven’t been really home in time for dinner lately, either way, my kitchen is feeling abandoned lately and I seem to have run out of ideas. Or, I get to the grocery store full of ideas but only get enough to make 1/2 of one recipe and 1/3 of another, you get the picture. A bit scatter-brained right now. But, like I’ve said a hundred times before, I’m really get back on track now. Summer is coming, I’m officially done with grad school, so it’s nothing but smooth sailing from here on out.
My lack of motivation to make a large & involved dinner could be attributed to the fact that I had the largest lunch on the face of the planet. I don’t know why but I was determined to have a ginormous lunch, so I went to Sam LaGrassa’s. Those of you in the know in Boston’s Downtown Crossing know that this is not a sandwich shop for the faint of heart or stomach. The sandwiches are big and add to that a side of fries and some crisp and zesty coleslaw, it’s quite the undertaking. Talk about a food coma!! I tackled a BBQ Pulled Chicken sandwich, with the fries & coleslaw of course, but I shared with my office-mates. The BBQ chicken was moist, sweet, a tad spicy. The fries were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, it was a delightful meal. A nice break from the humdrum buzz of the office.
After that, I thought to myself, whelp, so much for dinner. I could not fathom eating anything else for at least another 12-15 hours. But, I had some veggies that needed rescuing from the bottom drawer and a plan to make tomato sauce. It’s a quick trick I’ve learned on my own, but also from a couple health-concious co-workers. It’s an easy supper and so light. It’s not an exact recipe so it won’t get it’s own page but here’s how it came together:
Chop 1-2 broccoli florets, and cut one zucchini and one summer squash into half-moon slices, set aside.
Dice 1/2 medium white onion, and mince 1 large garlic clove
Pour a dash of olive oil into a large saucepan, aadd onions allow to cook for a couple of minutes to soften, then add the garlic. After another minute or two, add the remaining veggies to the pan:
Let veggies cook for about 5 minutes then add a large can of diced tomatoes, salt, ground black pepper, and any other seasoning you like, I added a dash of italian seasoning, and abou 1/2 cup water.
I actually added a bit too much water and had to cook the sauce for longer than it probably should have gone, the broccoli looked a little sad at the end, but I caught it before any serious damage was done.
I had a few ladles of sauce with some toasted whole wheat bread. I had grilled up a chicken sausage, but after a couple bites it sort of grossed me out. I am not a fan of chicken sausage, so I had sauce & toast for dinner. Which was plenty enough!