Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Some days you need to make things easy...

I can go for weeks putting a lot of time and effort into our meals, but then I'm confronted with a really busy few days and it becomes clear that I need some 'quick' fix meals that still taste good and still provide good nourishment to our bodies.

Today was one of those days.
Fortunately I have a good supply of my buckwheat granola, so that's my daily breakfast with those (still) abundant spring strawberries.
My sour dough mother was ready, so I baked a fresh loaf of rye bread...

 ...and we had it simply buttered and smeared with lemon curd for lunch.

I made use of my crockpot again, this time to simmer a piece of corned silverside throughout the day. Easy peasy start to dinner!

To serve with the silverside:
I chopped up wedges of potato and sweet potato...

...and tossed them through with olive oil, garlic, and a teaspoon of Sumac spice.

 Spread across a baking sheet I baked them for 30 minutes until golden!

Another quick side was coleslaw.
Some very good herb mayonnaise, and a pack of pre-cut cabbages, carrot, corn, and celery... in just 45 minutes dinner is on the table...

...and dessert is in the oven!

Berry Crumble dessert was another short cut:
One pack of frozen mixed berries, grated zest of one orange, juice of one orange, 1 tablespoon raw sugar, 2 teaspoons of cornflour, and 1/3 cup water...

Crumble topping:
one cup of my breakfast granola in the food processor, then add 2 teaspoons butter, 1 teaspoon honey, 1/2 cup rolled oats, and 1/3 cup flaked almonds.

Bake for 30  minutes. Serve with custard (bought ready made: another shortcut today)...

Sorry about the photo quality of my dinner pics. Dreadful kitchen lighting.

One thing I know. If you can put in time and effort for good nutritious meals 75% of the time, you can cut yourself some slack the other 25%. 
I don't feel bad about not making my own custard, or preparing my own coleslaw veggies, or making my own mayonnaise...I feel blessed that when I stand back and look at what we ate today it was all good.
It nourished our bodies, and as my husband said after dinner, "That was a yummy dinner, dear!"


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