While I really appreciate the Slow Food Movement, after a day of riding my bike to and from the studio and running around Mt Tabor, I come home frickin' starving. The idea of making everything from scratch and eating at midnight is NOT an option.
So what's a starvin' girl to do? Here's a simple quick meal I made last night. You can always slow the process and make it more homemade, but time is of the essence when blood sugar levels are dropping and I'm on the verge of getting snippy.
We had red lentils in a spaghetti sauce, over polenta, with chopped chicken on top, plus a spinach salad. The lentils make the sauce thicker like a meat sauce but with fiber and without fat. Red lentils are quick cooking: about 1:3 ratio lentils to water, boil then simmer 'til soft, add the sauce (yes, I used a jar, but you can make your grandmother's recipe if you like), and simmer as you prep the rest of dinner.
My husband, who is clueless in the kitchen but learning, keeps an eye on the stove, sets the table, peels carrots, etc...We cook up the polenta and chicken on the stove top, prep the salad, and voila! Dinner is served.
The cost for it all? Even with most of it organic, it runs about $13. Makes about 6-8 servings so averages about $1.93 per serving. Cheaper than that crap at a fast food joint, better for you and you get leftovers! Enjoy...