Today, I'm starting a new series, aptly called #fastfixfriday. In my old life (aka pre chronic fatigue diagnosis), by the time I reached Friday, I happily went to the nearest restaurant or fast casual dining option. I definitely didn't want to cook a meal. Now, in this new phase of being, I don't have the option of dining out (I'm still very sensitive to preservatives and allergens). So, if I don't cook now, I don't eat.
But, just because I cook most nights doesn't mean I want to spend hours in the kitchen after a long day of work. So, my option: fast fix meals which come together in less than 45 minutes. That means in the time it takes to get home; decide what to eat; place your order; either wait for delivery OR go to pick it up, your meal will already will ready to serve!
I don't know about you, but that sounds fabulous.
One of my go to's for a fast meal is pasta. While the pasta is cooking, I can fix anything in a skillet and just dump in the cooked pasta at the end and mix well.
The next question is what to fix in the skillet? For this dish, I opened up the fridge to see what I had left from the week. I had broccoli, carrots, onion, asparagus, an avocado, a bit of salsa, and a half a can of black beans just waiting to be used. Perfect!
I just washed, chopped, heated those all up together with salt, pepper, cumin, and chili powder. I served with chunks of avocado and a small side salad. I couldn't make the avocado chunks look really picturesque.....I was just too hungry.
The beauty of dishes like these is you can use whatever you have in your fridge, freezer, or on your counter and get to cooking! If you're a meat eater, you can add in some meat or cheese cubes. Heck, make it a family affair: divvy up cooking duties and divide and conquer. Or have a potluck with a few families to split up the cooking chores. The possibilities here are endless.....and I'm excited to tackle them with you!
Dinnertime cooking, to me, is fun and a chance to reconnect after a long day (or in the case of a Friday, a long week). It's a chance to nourish your mind, body, and soul.
So, what do ya say? Shall we get in the kitchen for a fast fix?
Yes, lets go!