When I don’t feel like cooking and I ask Mike to cook for us, we inevitably end up with one of two things for dinner: eggs or foul m’demmas (an Egyptian dish of mashed fava beans with garlic, tomato, parsley, cumin, lemon, and olive oil).
Now, I love eggs in all their incarnations, and Egyptian food is always a favorite. But sometimes I wish the hubby would whip up something different, like, oh I don’t know, say a roast chicken with gravy or beef bourguignon. (Wishful thinking, right?)
I have to say though, he will offer to take me out to one of our favorite places if I need a meal away from the kitchen, and I adore him for that. Sometimes even one meal that someone else cooked and cleaned up after is enough of a break to make me feel refreshed.
Knowing how the scenario will play out, I try to keep my fridge and pantry stocked with foods that can easily be turned into lunch or dinner with minimal effort for those days. Like beans and quinoa, two of the main ingredients in my Tri-Color Quinoa, White Bean, and Bell Pepper Salad. Just add bell peppers, onion, and a flavorful dressing and dig in.
And here’s a hint to help a meal like this come together even quicker: if you do any meal prep for the week on the weekend, cook up a double batch of quinoa and store it in the fridge to eat during the week. It’s perfect as a quick side dish, turned into patties and served with a super quick fresh salsa, or made into salad!
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