While it may look like in this day and age, we are far less busy than our grandparents, and the truth is that there are days on end when I feel like I am constantly running out of time. When this happens, something’s got to give, and that means that I must make sacrifices. In the past, I used to sacrifice eating to make sure that I could arrive on time where I needed to be. Unfortunately, that meant that hunger pangs struck when least expected and I was simply forced to eat fast food and snacks.
It did not take long for such bad eating habits to start showing around my waist. As you can easily imagine, I was not one bit happy, and I knew I had to do something about it. So I decided that I had to learn how to cook. Of course, it was not my ambition to appear on the next Iron Chef show, and I just wanted to learn some basic skills, so I started looking up online for quick dishes that one could make when on the run.
In this post, I want to share with you two of my favorite dishes that get me out of the time pressing conundrum, without letting me leave home on an empty stomach. One of them contains a side dish that I love a lot, and that I usually eat when I am at a fast food place with my friends. I am talking, in case you haven’t already figured out, about French fries.
I prefer my French fries with as little fat as possible, so I am using a nonstick pan. I peel a few potatoes, I sprinkle them with salt, pepper, and oregano (because I simply like this spice, I don’t know about other people), and then I fry them in a pan with little oil. I grate a bit of cheese over them, and I have a full-size portion in less than 15 minutes.
When we are talking speed, nothing is better than toast. I have a two slice toaster that I use for my morning meals, but I have to confess that I use it for other meals throughout the day, too, because I only love the taste of toast. My favorite dish involving toast is a type of bruschetta.
As you may well know, bruschettas work best with tomato salad, so I make sure to have plenty in the refrigerator. I top the toast I make with plenty of cream cheese, and I add, besides slices of tomatoes, some mint pesto, because I found the taste invigorating for a dish served first thing in the morning.