If DH comes home to find me flat out on the lounge in front a Simpsons rerun (or these days on the floor in front of the baby bouncer), then he knows there’s a good chance I’m not going to be cooking dinner any time soon. And $25 later, we usually end up with KFC.
I’m all about cooking from scratch. It’s cheaper and healthier than convenience food. But sometimes it pays to have a little bit of that convenience food in the cupboard or the freezer for days where you just don’t feel like cooking. Because a microwave meal, a frozen pie or a jar of simmer sauce is going to be a lot cheaper than takeaway and often healthier.
Our current fall back meal is frozen fish pieces. And I use the term ‘fish’ loosely. They’re not particularly cheap, and when I read down the list of ingredients, there are things in them that I usually avoid eating, but… it’s better than KFC and they can be on the table with little fuss and preparation in less than half an hour. And if I’m really good, we might have real vegetables to go with them.
We also rely on frozen pies, instant pasta, spaghetti bolognaise sauce and surprisingly, Thai curry paste, because a Thai beef curry is one of those dishes that is really quick and easy for us. I’ve yet to serve up popcorn for dinner, but it has certainly crossed my mind.
What convenience foods do you rely on, on those days that you just don’t feel like cooking?
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