Serious Eats: Talk
Quick, easy dinners?
I've got fibro and CFIDS, which means that some nights, cooking anything much more complicated than "open box, boil water, mix" is really difficult for me. I'm getting pretty sick of my standard easy meals, and I'm looking for some ideas for more. Rachael Ray is pretty useless, since she doesn't factor in the hour of dishwashing each 30 Minute Meal takes.
Of course, there's a couple of catches. Well, a lot. I'm allergic to MSG, so a lot of normal convenience foods are out. I also try to eat free-range/organically, as I find that makes a huge difference in how I feel. Beef, pork, and eggs are easy to come by; we only eat chicken once a month or so (it's hard for me to cut the thing up). I buy produce seasonally, but have year-round access to things like apples, lettuce, and potatoes. I prefer vegetables steamed or raw; the other doesn't like them much at all (one day I'll change his mind). I'm also allergic to bell peppers, eggplant, and summer squashes. Ideally, I'd like to add some more vegetables or fruit to the party, since I know I don't get my 5 to 9.