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Zero Effort Dinner

July 4, 2011

This dinner I affectionately refer to as, “the easiest dinner I’ll never admit to making”. But truth be told, I make it frequently when I’m just not up for any meal-time challenges (also known as dinner table brawls) in my house. I also made this dinner repeatedly during the spring when I was at the peak of nausea during this current pregnancy: I served it up with a warm and loving, “here, eat this, don’t ask me for anything else. I’m going to lay on the couch then go upstairs and barf for a while.”

My kid may be picky, but damn, she is also so sweet and understanding and supportive. She’s been very kind to her tired, old, pregnant mom these past few months. I’m lucky. Remind me to tell you the story about when I had my head in the toilet throwing up and she was holding my hair and rubbing my back. So damn cute!

Zero Effort Dinner!

1. Pasta in cream cheese sauce

This requires very little details: cook your picky kid’s favourite style of pasta – curly, penne, macaroni, shells, etc. – rinse and return to pot on low heat and add spoon full of cream cheese, splash of milk, pinch of salt. If you are blessed with a vegetable-eating kid, add some chopped up veg to the pasta while it’s cooking in the last 5 minutes. For example, chopped carrots, or broccoli, or cauliflower.


2. Peas and/or corn

No instructions required here either. Serve up a small serving of frozen or canned peas and/or corn and heat in microwave with some butter to make it nice and creamy. Yum.

3. Meatballs

And now for the protein part of this meal…! Thaw 2-3 meatballs (we use Ikea meatballs) and serve with Lingenberry sauce (what the bleep is a lingonberry anyways? Crazy Swedes!) or HP sauce, which definitely is an acquired taste.

And tah-dah…dinner is served. Seriously, how lazy is that? Don’t care…and the good news is, if you don’t either, then you can have dinner done in no time and get back to whatever it is you need to do. For me, it was pop more diclectin. Hmph.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Mark permalink
    July 4, 2011 5:36 pm

    Lingonberries are what you should be eating with your Swedish Pancakes! Give it a try.

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