If you’re like me you are the bread n butter of your kitchen. I love to cook, it’s my passion and my creative outlet. And I’m really good at it. But like most things we love, a little space is nice too. And if you’re like my husband, you may need a Mother’s Day re-do. Perhaps, you forgot to make today as special as your wife wanted. Or maybe you thought it was a special day but it ended in tears. Either way, let’s give all the Moms out there a few more gifts. How about, 50 meals!? No,don’t get your boxers in a bunch, not all at once, 25 for now and 25 for later. I say, let’s sprinkle them throughout the year. As always, we at DefiningDelicious.com have the bar set quite high. No hot dogs and burgers stinking of lighter fluid and wrapped up in cheap buns. These ideas are food-lover worthy but they’re perfect for your partner who might not be a chef like you. Bookmark this page and when you’re tired of being the James Beard Award winning chef that you are, cut and paste from this post and email the meal that you want to your partner. Note: there are a lot of, “click HERE’s” in this post. I wanted to give you information and ideas without being 50 pages long, I hope you enjoy. This is my gift to you and your partnership. Happy Mother’s Day! And thank you Pinterest for some of meals-piration.
1. Make something. Anything! Even if it’s cold cereal it still counts as something, just don’t forget to clean-up. (Don’t worry ladies, we’re just getting the ball-rolling, gotta start somewhere, right?)
2. Toast and cheesy eggs are a simple, yet tasty step-up from the cereal meal. For a great tutorial on how to scramble the perfect eggs click HERE. If your feeling fancy, try poaching them. I swear you might ‘get some’ if you succeed or even try.
3. Frittatas are a simple healthy step up from cheesy eggs. Stir Fry some veggies (those colored things in the fridge, probably towards the bottom) start with onions, a dab of butter, and then a couple handfuls of chopped veggies. Add 6 whisked eggs, some grated cheese and voila you have a gourmet meal in an insanely small time-frame. You may even have time to take out the trash or change a poopy diaper or both.
4. Tuna Melts – Grab a can of tuna from the pantry, dice some onions and red peppers, add some salt and pepper, put it on top of an English muffin. Slice a ripe tomato and add some cheddar cheese on top. Put it in the toaster oven and you’ve got a great meal.
5. Sauteed Fish: and some boxed rice (again, baby steps). Coat a pan with olive oil on medium heat, put a nice piece of salmon or white fish in the pan, cook for about 4 minutes on each side (thick-cut fish may take longer) add some spices and fresh garlic and serve. HERE is a great tutorial.
6. Turkey Burgers – Simple. Mix ground turkey, a couple handfuls of feta cheese, crushed garlic, some spices and cook on the stove or grill. Don’t forget your favorite buns (pun intended). Seriously, the buns are as important as the meat. Get high quality buns that match the meat in deliciousness.
7. Eggplant Parm: A simple recipe HERE
8. Sweet Potato Burgers I know it’s vegan, but give vegan a chance. You might like it, and it will make your sweetheart’s soul sing that you tried. (photo credit: lunchboxbunch.com)
9. Tacos: Depending on where you live, you may be able to get great homemade tortillas at your grocery store. Get some taco seasonings, ground meat or beans and sliced tomatoes, onions and fresh lettuce. If you’re feeling fancy make some fresh guacamole (HERE is a great recipe). Make it special by making a margarita or a mojito (HERE are some ideas).
10. Leftovers: We don’t want you hurting yourself with all this cookin’. I’m quirky about microwaves. I don’t have one and I don’t like them so I won’t recommend you use one either but however you reheat I encourage you to improvise. Add a little twist to your leftovers to spice up your evening and to score extra points.
11. Meatloaf – Central Market has a great ready-made loaf. Or try THIS recipe. I still remember making this with my mom when I was a kid. So, add the kids (not to the meatloaf) in on the fun and serve with potatoes and frozen peas.
12. Portobello Burgers – Look in the pantry for something called, “balsamic vinaigrette.” Coat the mushrooms with said vinaigrette and put it in the fridge for a bit. Heat up that grill. While you’re waiting for the grill to warm up, saute some onions. Grill the mushrooms, add the onions and some cheese like feta or Tilamook cheddar. I recommend you avoid American cheese.
13. BBQed Corn with a side of steak. You’ve been working hard. Go ahead, you get a steak pass.
14. Make your own pizza but make one for Mom too. Tell her to enjoy a bath and or a book while you and the kids go to town with some pizza dough some sauce and veggie toppings (again, those colored things at the bottom of the fridge).
15. Chicken Divan: I love Paula Dean, HERE is one of those creamy comfort food recipes
16. Meatless Meat Balls: A friend of mine, Ellen, writes this great blog, The Hip Vegetarian, with quick and easy meatless recipes. This one is great, and even includes some grape jelly. Click HERE
17. Make your own sandwiches for dinner but don’t forget to make one for Mom. I love a roasted turkey sammy, with provolone, avocado, and a bright-green smear of pesto.
18. Make dessert while your love is making dinner. I think this one counts. It’s so fun to cook together, get messy and include the kids if you can. Even if its a box of Ghirardelli brownies.
19. Pasta and Sauce. Just some pasta from the pantry and some sauce on top. If you want to get a little fancy add some herbs for a homemade twist. Or if you’re feeling like you got some mojo, try THIS recipe for a creamy tomato and chicken pasta. It’s from one of my favorite blogs, In Sock Monkey Slippers.
20. Mac N Cheese try THIS recipe. If you’re in a pinch make Annie’s but add some broccoli and fresh grated cheese, everyone wins. I recommend you do something unique with this dish because just Mac N Cheese out of the box isn’t going to score many points.
21. BLT’s: Add some avocado and pesto ( are you catching my pesto whiff, yet?) for an upgraded version. I add it to almost all of my sandwiches. Save some bacon for meal number 22.
22. Buy a rotisserie chicken and you can make three meals! That’s right three. First night, try a Cobb Salad. Shave off about a cup of chicken add it to a bed of lettuce, some fresh tomatoes, an avocado, hard boiled eggs (read how to HERE) and those leftover pieces of bacon.
23. Night 2 of rotisserie chicken- BBQ pulled chicken sliders- de-bone the rest of the chicken. Put one half away from lunch tomorrow and the other half for dinner. In a pan, add the chicken and a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce, cook until melded together and you’ve got some slider meat! Most grocery stores carry mini slider buns.
24. Meal 3 of Rotisserie Chicken, Chicken Salad Sammys – I add crushed walnuts, sliced grapes and some mayo, fresh herbs if you have any and you’ve just made three meals out of one chicken!
25. Halfway there. Make another meal on the GRILL, it still counts.
A few hints to makes these meals true gifts: don’t forget to clean-up. Let me be clear, ALWAYS clean-up after making a special meal for your love. It doesn’t count if your sweetie has to clean-up your mess after enjoying her so-called gift. But the good news is you get to make a mess. I repeat, “make a mess but clean it up.” We all win.
Check back soon for the next 25! I didn’t want to overkill a good thing.
Thanks for stopping by and if you are what you eat, be Delicious.
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