Cynthia!) and they were starving. I had already started to prepare Parker's Brassica Soup (you can throw anything in this soup, last night I added chickpeas and topped with pumpkin seeds, hot sauce, and za'atar) but I hadn't decided what else to fix and it was clear food was needed now. Sunshine Burgers to the rescue! I picked some up at the co-op when they were on sale the other day. Pictured is Parker's with his usual Vegenaise, nooch, za'atar, pickles, avocado, and lettuce. He ate three larger bowls of soup. He is definitely getting the appetite of a pre-teen as he approaches his eleventh birthday.
Kaeng Kuea Curry Paste, Meat-free Mike, my co-host, gave to me weeks ago. I had thawed out some tofu earlier in the day and lightly sauteed it with some onions, boiled potatoes, steamed peas and carrots, pressure cooked some brown rice, and threw it all together with some water and coconut milk. Dinner was prepared, eaten, the kitchen clean, and the kids upstairs with teeth brushed within an hour and half. I would say it wasn't quite as good as my In a Hurry Thai Red Curry, but it saved me from relying on take-out. The kids ate seconds and then fresh mango for dessert. Thanks, Mike!
I'm trying to be okay with relying a bit on some prepackaged foods while Rob is out of town with his family. It actually hasn't been too bad and things have flowed really well, but I'll probably keep some items on hand for those meals when it absolutely has to be on the table in minutes. I have always had deep respect for single parents, but this respect is growing each day.