We all have those nights. Last week I told you about my daughter burning dinner (and my favorite pan) and the freezer leaking all over the kitchen floor. That night we ordered out. Emotionally there are nights I just can’t deal. But, most nights I have a Plan B in the background.
When I do my monthly grocery shopping I plan 2 – 4 simple meals that can be pulled out at a moments notice. I needed one of those the other night. I had texted my partner to please take out chicken breasts and one other meat from the freezer so that they were defrosted for dinner the next two nights. I opened the refrigerator at 5:30 pm to start making chicken chili for dinner and there was NO meat in the refrigerator. I looked around thinking well, maybe she forgot and left it on the counter? No. No meat. Crud!
So, back up plan. I sent my daughter to the basement to pull out a bag of chicken patties that were in the bottom of the freezer waiting to be used on a night like tonight. A jar of sauce or some homemade sauce with mozzarella cheese and hamburger rolls made into garlic bread and dinner is made.
Do you have a back-up plan for when things don’t go as planned or you need to make dinner quickly without much thought? It could be breakfast for dinner (do you have a dozen eggs in your refrigerator?), soup (pull out one of the frozen containers from the last time you made soup and doubled it) or even sandwiches (do you have bread or rolls to use). Keeping a few things on hand can save you from expensive ordering out or going out to eat.
My family actually really liked the sandwiches. I had asked if they wanted a side of spaghetti instead of the rolls and they said no. But, during dinner they both decided that next time this happens they want to try making the sandwiches with spaghetti right on the sandwich. I wonder if I am creating extreme foodies in my family?
They especially liked that I put butter and garlic on the rolls and baked them in the oven for a few minutes to make garlic bread with them.
I served these with a side of carrots and a green salad.