After wrapping up a 3 miler and weights session at the gym, I came home craving a fast dinner.
Something easy, something that didn’t require me to chop up a bazillion onions.
Normally, I don’t have too many issues throwing stuff together for a quick meal, but all inspiration was lost to me this evening. I sat in front of my pantry, staring and staring and staring.
Didn’t feel like quinoa. Didn’t want pasta. Didn’t want to wait forever and a day for brown rice. Didn’t have enough veggies on-hand for a stir-fry. Didn’t want soup. Didn’t have the supplies for a quality salad.
So what the heck did I do?
I combined three ingredients in a period of 6 minutes and called it dinner. And here’s the cool thing….it was DELICIOUS.
Sounds too good to be true, right? A combination of three ingredients does not generally lead to magical dinners, especially if this combining period lasts less than 10 minutes. However, if the ingredients involved are sweet potatoes, cheese, and hot sauce, well then….anything is possible.
I like to think of this meal as “Dinner for Idiots”. It is honestly the easiest thing to put together….it takes 6 minutes from start to finish, it’s relatively healthy, and it tastes great. It’s foolproof!
First, grab a medium sweet tater and stab it with a fork a couple of times. Then, plate it and microwave for 5-6 minutes.
Remove the tater from the microwave, slice down the middle, and mash. Adorn with a generous portion of fresh mozzarella (or whatever cheese floats your boat), and place tater back in the microwave for another minute or until the cheese has melted.
Top with Frank’s Hot Sauce (one of my favorite hot sauces) and copious amounts of red pepper flakes, if you’re one of those crazies (like myself) who adore the delightful pain that accompanies spicy condiments.
Cheesy, hot sauce tater mash (I’m working on a catchier name for this, okay? Bare with me…) is perfect for nights when you don’t feel like cooking, but like any good foodie, you still feel the insatiable desire to put something not merely edible, but something altogether delicious into your tummy! While not the most nutritionally dense meal I’ve ever created, it was still reasonably healthy.
Sweet potatoes are full of fiber, vitamins, and healthy carbs.
Cheese has….ummmm…..protein….It’s a health food.
And don’t tell me otherwise…..
For dessert, I enjoyed cantaloupe with tart fro yo and a small drizzle of raspberry syrup. Perfectly summery….
Nighty night, bloggies!
Question: What are your favorite fast and easy dinners?