I could give Rachael Ray a run for her garbage bowl. She might make 30-minute meals, but I’m the queen of 20-minute meals. The window of time I have between when I walk in the door from work and when my middle child is going to pass out from hunger is slim. And so I’ve perfected the art of the quick meal.
Case in point: today I made 3 meals for a friend of mine who just had twins that haven’t made it home yet because they’re still in the NICU. She’s exhausted and busy going back and forth to the hospital all while pumping and taking care of her older son. So, while I’m crazy busy, in comparison I really have it easy. And so I said I would bring her a few meals to get her through the week.
Now, about that “crazy busy” thing; this morning at 7am, I was in the car on my way to interview Hill Harper (yes!) for an upcoming Mamalaw project. Then it was onto Chatterbox’s school multicultural festival. After 2 hours of ring tosses, bouncehouses and overpriced sugary snacks, we went to eat and then finally made it home. That left me with about 2 hours to grocery shop and throw together a few meals from my friend. I ended up making Sausage Penne with Vodka Sauce; Grilled Garlic-White Wine Marinated Tilapia with Corn on the Cob and Green Beans; and my infamous Taco Casserole and Yellow Rice. And I did it all while watching my kids play on the deck and making dinner for my own clan.
What ‘chu got on that, Food Network?