Featured Recipe: Pantry Indian Dinner
Pair with: Beer
I’ll share a secret with you: putting dinner on the table at the end of the day is my superpower.
I work, a lot. So does Dan. But, at the end of nearly every day we sit at the dinner table together with the kids talking about our days. What did you learn in school today? Today we learned to count to a thousand. How was your day mommy? Great, I practiced counting to 10 a few times today.
Family dinner matters. It gives us something to gather around, and experience to share together after our day apart. And I love providing that. When I put something delicious and healthy and different on the table, I say to myself: I can juggle it all! I can pull it off! I am successful!
Here’s another secret: my zeal for cooking is also my kryptonite. If I can’t find the energy or the time or the wherewithal to get something delicious and healthy and different on the table, I am a complete and total failure. No, I don’t really think that, but I do feel guilty when we make mac and cheese or pasta and sauce. No one else cares, it’s just me.
So I started stocking the pantry and freezer with ingredients and shortcuts that can be made into dinner in under 20 minutes in just 1 pot. And so was born Pantry Indian Dinner, using a store bought Indian simmer sauce, some canned chickpeas, and frozen vegetables. As easy as mac and cheese or pasta, but a little healthier and a little something different.
Wham! Pow! Thwack! I kicked this dinner’s ass!