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Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Soup, It’s What’s For Dinner

Dinner… every. single. night.  It plagues me.  I have not successfully managed to be consistent about planning.  It makes it so very hard to get through the week.  I find thinking of what to make for dinner way more exhausting than anything that happens at the office.  I even find it exhausting on the days when I’m not in the office.  Like today.  All I did today was take the kids to the library, the playground and out for a snack.  That’s it.  The rest of the day was spent around the house and still at 5pm I had no idea what we’d be having for dinner.  

And all of that wouldn’t be a problem if I could just reach into the freezer and find something to too into the oven to bake until hot.  Don’t get my wrong, that happens from time to time especially when things get really hairy but I don’t like to keep processed foods in the house.  We always have ingredients but never anything to eat in a hurry.  I try to keep some extras or other meals I’ve prepared ahead of time in the freezer but I can never seem to stay ahead of the game.  Anyway, back to tonight’s dinner.  

I thought and thought and thought about it and around 5:15 it came to me.  Out of nowhere.  Soup!  Tomato soup!  A quick search turned up a few possibilities.  My criteria were simply that it be quick and consist of pantry items I had on hand to wit, Rachael Ray’s Quick Creamy Tomato Soup.  It’s consists of virtually nothing.  I even fancied it up by tossing a crushed clove of garlic in with some olive oil before the tomatoes and broth.  Of course then I unfancied it by adding 1/2 teaspoon of dried basil instead of fresh but you know, whatever.  I didn’t make true toppers either but we used some dinner rolls we had on hand to make quick garlic toasts.  All in all a really satisfying dinner for 30 minutes worth of thought and work, combined that is.  I still need to be better about planning.  The chest freezer is almost empty it’s almost time to place another order for meat.  I can’t remember anymore when our last order was but I believe we were wearing t-shirts when we picked it up.  Apparently 100 lbs of meat lasts a long time.  

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