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!"



africanaussie said...

That does look delicious, and I don't think you took that many short cuts.

Anonymous said...

I had to look up silverside because over here, we would call it corned beef, or if it isn't prepared that way, probably rump roast. The dish with the meat and vegetables looks absolutely fabulous, but maybe that's partly your cooking and partly my loving corned beef. =)