Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Cookie sheet dinner

Not every meal has to be a fancy feast. Cooking takes creativity and sometimes I don’t feel like being creative. If I’ve had a long day at the office or if I’m cooking for one, I want something I can throw together in under 5 minutes and be done with it.

Well, that’s how I feel tonight… tired, all alone, and hungry for something quick. Tonight the little voice inside of me is screaming, "Cookie sheet dinner."

1. A cookie sheet.
2. Miscellaneous frozen/refrigerator foods.
3.A piece of foil sprayed with Pam.
4. An oven.
5. A fork.
6. A glass of your favorite wine.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place foil over cookie sheet spray with Pam. Spread miscellaneous frozen foods over the foil. Choose foods that cook in about the same amount of time. Bake in oven until cooked or heated through.

Remove cookie sheet from oven and place it on a trivet on the table. Use the cookie sheet as your plate, just don't burn yourself on it. Add seasoning or sauces from refrigerator to food as desired. Pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy your meal.

Wad up used foil when finished eating and toss in trash. Put clean cookie sheet away.

1. You get to clean out the freezer/refrigerator of all those mostly-emptied bags of food that you’re never going to use anyway.
2. You get to eat in 15-20 minutes.
3. You get to drink a glass of wine.
4. The cookie sheet serves as a hot plate and a dinner plate.
5. There is only one thing to wash when you are done, a fork. The wine glass won’t need to be washed yet because you should have refilled it by now.

SERVES 1. (You could double the food and make it a romantic dinner for two. Just put the cookie sheet between the two of you and dig in.)

Dinner doesn’t get any easier than this.


  1. What a quick and easy meal for one. You have such creative food ideas -- from a feast for a dozen to a fine meal for a solo evening.

  2. Looking forward to your blog in 2010. I was hoping for something very sweet to help us through the cold weather of January. What do you have in your dessert file for a cold day in Fresno, CaliCook?

  3. I'm with Frozen. We need something very sweet to get us through the winter.

  4. Thank you for commenting frozen and bff. I have been lazy lately, but I do have something sweet in mind for my next blog. Stand by!

  5. I never knew a wadded up piece of foil could photograph so nicely! And, if that ain't easy clean up, i don't know what it!

  6. Yes, kthrock...It's truly the easiest clean up ever. No muss, no fuss.