Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fast Food

A few years back I would agree that Fast Food comes from the Golden Arches or the local pizza place, even Chinese takeaways were normal. It is convenient to take a night off once a week and order in, it's even nicer to go out with Superman on my own sometimes.

However, I cannot remember the last time (besides for our London trip, which doesn't count!) when I ordered in or ate out. Ordering in doesn't take any quicker than cooking at home (about 40 mins is the average) and eating out takes forever.

Then there is the heartburn overfed feeling afterwards that lasts long into the evening as those hydrogentated fats settle in - yuck. So we just don't make it a habit to order in.

But every now and again I forget to take something out of the freezer, or I don't plan my meals, and then I am in trouble. Last night was such a about 5.00 I realized that in about 1 hr my children would be climbing the walls with hunger and I was preoccupied packing orders for my business so had forgotten to sort out dinner earlier.

Here was my fast food...

Tomato pasta sauce made a couple of weeks ago and ricotta cheese - 1 min (I must learn to make my own!)

Spinach from the garden (5 mins)

Batch of pasta (20 mins)

Mix ricotta, spinach. grated nutmeg, salt and pepper...3 mins

Place 1/3 of the sauce in the bottom of the dish...roll spinach mix into cut sheets, place in dish - 10 mins

Pour over rest of sauce, cover with grated cheddar and mozarella...3 mins

Bake at 190 deg C for 15 mins...serve and eat.

57 minutes...supper is ready! Cost - only the cheeses directly, but a fraction of what a meal out would cost. Enjoyment? Pure tastebud pleasure :-)


Michelle said...

Looks really yummy!!

Lisa said...

Hmmm that looks very good, you can't beat homemade "fast food"

Tanya said...

Spot on. I feel angry with myself when I get a bit lazy and suggest fish and chips. I'm allergic to fish so I end up with a dim sim and chips and always feel blah afterwards. Everything manufactured seems to have msg among other things. Great idea for the meal. I've always got eggs to make pasta, tomato sauce bottled and spinach in the garden! I vow to be not so lazy next time. It is a mind thing and it really doesn't take as long as fast food does it.

grammie g said...

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My belief is in Christ,the Son of God..the birth,death and resurrection and coming again of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!!
I think I will enjoy your blogs and think it is wonderful the way you are living and raising your family!!
This recipe looks real yummy!!

Christine said...

Ohh...yum, Wendy! This looks delicious. I would happily eat this over any 'fast food'!!Much, much better both taste and healthwise! :)

Meg said...

This dinner looks delicious! I love that this is what you do "in a pinch." I hope that someday homemade pasta will be what I whip up when I realize that I haven't planned what's for dinner!! Can I come over and you'll teach me? ;)

And P.S. I love your blog. It's very refreshing. So thank you for sharing!

Wendy said...

Oh what a nice surprise to see all you gals here today! I am glad you feel inspired everyone!

Have a great day today!