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Yes, quick and easy-or our favorite GO TO dishes/meals.

We all should have them, we all certainly need them!

Even though I am currently on a very, well, flexible schedule-that doesn’t mean I’m not very busy!

As I’m writing this particular column, I am about to take off and drive to my alma mater to take part in a mini-documentary about the 1978 library shooting at CSU, Fullerton.

I’m digressing here, but I was on the campus that morning.  In fact I was supposed to be in the library.  Only fate and my study group’s love of sun changed our minds.  We decided to study in the outside area of the Student Union.  

But I have no idea how long my part will take or what the traffic will be like coming home.  So what Google map directions say should take between 33-45 minutes, might actually take over an hour.

And again, who knows when I’ll be done.  Now before I lost my “day job“, we would have just grabbed a coupon on a night like this and headed for the local “coupon-of-the-day” spot.  But now, we must eat at home.

What to serve if I don’t pull into the garage until 6 or later?

My “go to” items (which I’m sure we’ve discussed before)are to have ingredients that I can literally throw together and call “dinner“.

Tonight-either salmon patties or chipolte sausage, steamed broccoli with a lemon and garlic dressing and barley pilaf.  Which I am just grateful to have made a couple of meals worth the other day.

Other fast selections?  Stop at the market and buy some buns, either for the patties or the sausages.  Serve with a side of spinach salad and some grapes.  

It’s supposed to actually cool down today-so I could always make a spicy sausage stoup with the chipolte sausages, barley, spinach, a can of fire-roasted tomatoes and chicken stock.  Or use a jar of spaghetti sauce in place of the tomatoes.  Defrost some of my homemade muffins that I keep in the freezer and voila-dinner is served.

Rachel Ray has said it best-“A great and tasty meal is really never more than 30 minutes away“.

Wednesday-let’s talk about how to dress up our veggies without adding too many calories and keeping it quick and easy!


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