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Old 05-19-2017, 09:17 AM   #51
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Originally Posted by di reston View Post
There are times when we all feel too tired to cook. My staple quick meal standby is 'hay and straw' tagliatelle with butter, parmesan, black pepper and sage. It's quick and easy, and my OH loves it. What are your fall-backs? I'd love to know!

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Old 05-19-2017, 02:47 PM   #52
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'Hay and straw' tagliatelle are simply plain egg tagliatelle (Straw) and spinach tagiatelle, which are green (straw) I usually buy fresh made from the pasta shop and freeze them. They sell them already mixed. The way of serving them, with butter, freshly grated parmesan, black pepper and sage finish the dish. Easy as winking - and almost as quick!

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Old 05-19-2017, 03:30 PM   #53
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di, when I don't feel like cooking and cleaning up,
I go freezer diving.
I mean to say that I always have some sort of dish that I've made
previously and I ALWAYS make too much.
So I divvy it up into portion sizes, package it up in a freezer bag,
squeeze out most of the air (or I use my Food Saver).
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The other night I just plain didn't feel like making dinner, so I did a quick defrost of a package of my Kalua Pig, chopped up some green Cabbage and Sweet White Onions, a jiffy saute and Bob's your Uncle, DONE!
I keep it to a one pot supper and the pot goes into the oven (out of sight) til morning and I do a wash up after breakfast.
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Old 05-19-2017, 04:52 PM   #54
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Well, I can't believe what the majority of you go to when you feel "washed out"! For me, even boiling water for pasta is too much work... too much thinking... salt, don't over cook, watch the time, sauce, which?, cheese, grate..

nope that's all too much, although di, yours sure sound delish and I'm going to have to try it.

I grab some crackers and any cheese, a knife and a small cutting board. And of course, some wine. Sometimes I will also grab a chutney - if it's at the front of the fridge - and a small spoon. Then I choose a slightly bigger cutting board.
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Old 05-19-2017, 04:55 PM   #55
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I do admit I sometimes grab a freezer meal, but only if it can go straight into the oven, come out and be dumped on a plate and eaten - never if there has to be anything else done with it. Only sometimes those freezer meals take a good 40 minutes in the oven. Can I wait that long? do I really want to eat that late? Ahh, then it's back to cheese and crackers it is.
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Old 05-20-2017, 06:01 AM   #56
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I would just like to express my enjoyment reading your posts about the variety of dishes you prepare for your mom and dad...

Thanks--I try to provide variety within the scope of my Dad's limited palette and what my Mom will eat--finger food (and stuff she can digest--I'm just glad she gained some the weight back she had lost from when she was in hospital and before I got here). This has been a cooking challenge for me. It has also been an emotional challenge coping with this without my deceased brother.

I made wild rice turkey soup this week but for my Mom, I strained it so she could just drink the broth. Soup is hard for her to eat, but if I strain it and put it in a glass she can hold, she can drink that. Dad, on the other hand, wants the veggies and wild rice.

Not to diss long-term care facilities, but I know my Mom is getting better meals here than she would in care.

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