The Crankee Yankee and I are finding that we feel better if we have a big-ish meal around noontime than around 6pm or later. So I am slowly adapting to make “light suppers” that are good for us and pretty delicious. Oh, and easy to put together. (That’s the best part!)
Here are a couple of simple meals we’ve been enjoying this winter:
Simple Meal 1: Baked naans (naans are East Indian flatbread that you can buy in the grocery store). They come two to a package, and are in plain, multigrain, and my favorite, roasted garlic flavor. I have topped them with the following:
- A splash of olive oil, chopped garlic, crumbled feta cheese, black olives and shrimp.
- A splash of olive oil, sliced tomatoes, onions and mushrooms. Top with cheese if you like.
- A splash of olive oil, sliced tomatoes, bacon, spinach (fresh or frozen) and cheese.
Once you’re “decorated” the naans with the toppings, bake them in the oven at 400 degrees for 3-5 minutes.
Along with the naans, I make a simple salad from endive, sliced cukes, green olives with cilantro lime dressing. Another quick salad is simply sliced tomatoes and sliced cukes with some vinegar and salt and pepper.
Simple Meal 2: Pick up one of those wonderful roasted chickens at your grocery store. Once you get it home, strip off the meat and put it aside. (Keep the carcass for making soup later if you like.)
Cut the chicken into easy-to-eat pieces and set aside. Boil up some rice (brown is really good); if you have some chicken broth, use it instead of plain water to give it more flavor. While the rice is cooking, chop up any vegetables you have; red or green peppers, onions, mushrooms, green beans, carrots, tomatoes, etc., and cook them gently in olive oil or butter in a frying pan. Add salt and pepper, and any other seasonings that you like. (I often add a shake or two of tumeric myself.)
When the rice is done, divvy it up into two (or more) bowls, and add in the chicken and vegetables. If you have some roasted cashews or peanuts or sunflower seeds, they are great add-ins. If you want to give the dish an oriental flavor, you can top the bowl with bottled peanut sauce. Or you can make your own; blend smooth or chunky peanut butter with some soy sauce, a bit of sweetener (agave works well, and a little goes a long way).
Simple Meal 3: Buy one of those handy-dandy Caesar salad kits; it comes with chopped romaine lettuce, a small bag of croutons, one of shredded Parmesan cheese, and a pouch of Caesar salad dressing. If you have some leftover ham, chicken, shrimp, steak, etc., add that in as well. Serve with sourdough bread, cheese bread, etc. Easy and delicious!
Simple Meal 4: Then there is the good old soup and sandwich supper. You can’t go wrong with tomato soup and grilled cheese. We’ve made the grilled cheese with ham and hot and sweet mustard, feta cheese with sliced olives and tomatoes, cheese with bacon and onions, and of course, plain old cheese.
The Crankee Yankee and I have been enjoying these simple meals this winter and find that we sleep better having had a lighter supper. Give them a try!