NaBloPoMo: Bad kitchen days

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Yes, I am participating in NaBloPoMo, the annual November challenge to reenergize your blog writing by posting a piece everyday. I might lose steam by Friday, we will see.

Today’s prompt from the helpful BlogHer NaBloPoMo 2016 site is “When you’re having a bad day with your mental health, what do you do to help yourself?”. I am going to make this more food-blog oriented by asking myself “When you are having a bad day in the kitchen, what do you do to help yourself?”. See above photo.

Sometimes the day totally gets away from you, and before I know it, it is 5pm and the kids and husband are due home any minute, and I have nothing planned for dinner. Or, I have a plan and got started too late, or horror, ruined dinner by overcooking, burning or otherwise rendering food inedible. Here are 5 ways I try to make it better:

  1. Roast chicken from CostCo. Love this stuff, it is inexpensive (cheap, if you want to be so bold) and provides enough food for dinner for four plus leftovers. Add a side of pasta or rice, a salad or steamed veggie, and things are manageable.
  2. On the nights when I get a late start, before getting dinner going, I will put out a plate of cut vegetables and hummus to satiate the hangry family members. Usually buys me another 30-45minutes to get dinner on the table.
  3. Take Out – not my favorite option, but I have decided that eating together is more important than what we eat, as I told Jane last month.
  4. Pull out the pressure cooker. In a pinch, using my pressure cooker, I can get a really high quality dinner which tastes like I worked all day on the table in under 30 minutes. Butternut squash risotto? Curry in a Hurry? My favorite inspiration is Lorna Sass’s book, Pressure Perfect.
  5. I try to stock my pantry and freezer with several staples and easy to prep items for in a pinch cooking. For example, garbanzo beans can make a quick hummus or falafel (or both!). The Seeds of Change microwaveable quinoa and brown rice is handy for a quick side dish. And I always have eggs, flour and butter to whip up waffles, breakfast foods for dinner are always a treat.

When you are having a bad day in the kitchen, what are your workarounds? Visit the Kitchen Gadget Girl Facebook page and leave a comment, I would love to hear from you!