I am sure that everyone out there has come home from work and had that feeling of dread when it comes to thinking of what to make for dinner. Well I hope to help you all out with some suggestions and tips that I have come up with over the years. I got home from work last night and was not really in the mood to make an elaborate meal but also did not want to do take out or order in food. So I did what I have done on many occasions and stared into my fridge hoping that something would jump out ready to go on a plate. While that thankfully did not happen (because that would have meant there was something living in my fridge) I was able to look around at a few things I had and like MacGyver came up with a quick idea that while it involved some cooking it did not take long at all.
Tip: When you buy fresh veggies at the market take them home, rinse them off and cut them up and put them into containers right away. That way you will have them ready to use throughout the week.
See, cooking does not have to be an elaborate event every time you want to make something tasty. Looking in the fridge I saw a container of left over spaghetti noodles (no sauce), soy sauce, a little bit of General Tso’s sauce left in a bottle and some veggies that I cut up earlier in the week. So now all that was left was figuring out what meat I wanted to add. As I was thinking a light bulb went off over my head. I have a small bag of shrimp in the freezer.
Tip: It is always good to keep small single portions of a protein that can thaw out quickly in the freezer just for those lazy days.
So with a clear plan in mind I dumped the shrimp in the sink and covered them with hot water and put a medium frying pan on the stove to start heating up (to medium high heat). I added in about 2 tbsp of olive oil and tossed in a handful of the pre cut onions and peppers. While those started to sizzle I took the thawed shrimp (it does not take long at all for them to thaw) and placed them on a paper towel covered plate to get the excess water off and then dumped them in the pan with the veggies. I then poured in about a tbsp of olive oil and sprinkled in some garlic powder from the pantry and gave a good stir. As soon as all of the shrimp had turned pink I added the left over noodles and poured in the General Tso’s sauce (about 1/4 cup). I then stirred it all together stirring it for about 2 minutes until the sauce started to reduce and then poured it out onto a plate.
That’s it. The whole process took about 15 minutes from start to finish and turned out fantastic. Keep in mind that you don’t have to use shrimp either. This can be done with a piece of left over chicken breast or steak from the a couple of nights before. Just chop it up and go.
Tip: Try and keep a variety of sauces in the door of your fridge for Lazy days like this. It can go a long way in throwing something together quickly.
I plan to do more of these lazy day recipe helpers from time to time. So keep your eyes on my blog for more tips.
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