I sort of roam the grocery looking for items on manager special that can go into the slow cooker and premade veggie/meat patties on sale that can be paired with mac and cheese or steam-bag veggies. I get super fancy when I make pasta with a quick sauce. Anything requiring more effort is replaced with something easier or even more convenient, take out.
But last night, I think I finally got us on the right track. And it was so, so easy.
I made this recipe for flatbread, which I was able to put together before a family bike ride and cook after, and topped it with a bunch of things I had on hand.
- Garlic and Herb Laughing Cow wedges
- Portobello mushrooms
- Grape tomatoes
- Mozzarella cheese
Bonus: I made 10 flatbreads out of the recipe, giving me the chance to freeze seven. I placed each piece between wax paper and wrapped tightly in plastic wrap. I would have preferred a freezer bag but apparently I don't make it down that aisle when I'm participating in my own version of "Supermarket Sweep."
Let me tell you, I'm looking forward to using them when I know I should cook but I don't want to. Here's a few of the ideas swirling in my head:
Southwest: Laughing Cow Chipotle and Queso Fresco with black beans, corn, tomatoes and Cheddar cheese. Guacamole on the side.
Reuben: Laughing Cow Swiss, sauerkraut, Corned beef or marinated tofu, sprinkling of caraway seeds and a drizzle of 1000 Island dressing. More cheese, shredded swiss, if desired.
Gourmet: Laughing Cow Blue Cheese, sliced pears, red onion and arugula. Drizzle with olive oil.
Breakfast: Laughing Cow Smooth Sensations Cinnamon cream cheese, sliced Honeycrisp apples and walnuts.
Of course, there's always just warm flatbread and Nutella ... which I may or may not have tried as I was cooking.