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."
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.
PREPARATION: 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.
SERVE: 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. CLEAN UP: Wad up used foil when finished eating and toss in trash. Put clean cookie sheet away.
ADVANTAGES OF A COOKIE SHEET MEAL: 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.)