Tuesday, June 14, 2011

We all have those days

You know, the days when we literally have 10 minutes to throw a decent meal together for dinner, just so we can inhale it before we're on our way again. For me, that day is Tuesday. I leave at 11am and get home at 5:30pm and we have to be fed, washed, dressed, packed for work and off to meeting by 6:40pm. It's this day of the week that I choose the easiest, fastest meals that will still be satisfying and filling (it's gotta last til about midnight). So I thought I'd post a couple of go-to meals that maybe you'll find helpful when it's your "day".

A favorite in our house is pizzas. Remember, the point of this is time saving so there is no yeast or flour or cornmeal. Who has time for that? I use Naan bread for our pizzas. You can buy them at Wegmans. It's like $2.99 and you get two bread...things. This particular day we had no pizza sauce. Instead I brushed olive oil on both breads, got out my mandolin and sliced up some roma tomatoes(very thinly) and seasoned them.

I topped them with some mozzarella cheese and a mix of fontina, asiago, provolone and parm.

Bake them at 400 for 12 minutes.

And then serve on super classy paper plates:).

         I've been fortunate enough to have a husband who could literally live on pasta. I could make pasta every day and he'd be happy as a clam. The only thing preventing me from doing this is that I'd go crazy. This comes in handy for Tuesdays though:). I've started making this Tuesday morning so when I get home it just goes right in the oven.

I'll make the pasta...I'm assuming I don't need to go into detail for that part...and mix it with your sauce of choice. Always add more sauce then you would normally if you were eating it right away. It will need the extra liquid when it bakes. So if you like your pasta on the dry side, and bake it dry, you will get gross crusty pasta. Put into individual baking dishes and top with cheese and italian seasoning. At this point I cover it with foil, put them in the fridge and go about my day as usual.

 Fast forward 7 hours.....................

Preheat oven to 375 and bake uncovered for about 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melty and noodles are hot.

And you have a fancy looking pasta dish in no time at all! I stopped at Panera and got an asiago cheese loaf in between working. It doesn't hurt to get yourself a cute set of potholders to serve these on, you'll need 'em.

**to remember-keep toes out of future photos


  1. Pasta, is good for me I need the carbs. We should eat more pasta:)

  2. I think the toes really add to the experience though. We do those naan pizzas to but top with BBQ sauce, precooked chicken, red onion, and cilantro OR pesto, chicken, and goat cheese.

  3. Yummm! The BBQ chicken one sounds good. I'll have to try that.

  4. Actually Matt youre kind of fat so maybe lay off the pasta haaaa.