German pancakes, or Dutch babies, are the traditional Christmas morning breakfast from my childhood. While these take a little while to bake, you only need about three minutes, one bowl, and one whisk to throw together. Depending on what you top them with, they can go either sweet or savory.
Isn’t it nice to have a standby recipe that you can whip together quickly and that you nearly always have all of the ingredients for, even when there is NOTHING in your kitchen? In that respect, this one goes in my mental recipe book right next to pasta marinara and grilled cheese, but has more than just a little appeal on my “I don’t want to leave the house again” whiny sort of evenings. Got an onion? Some flour? One stray piece of bacon? A somewhat bug-eaten sage plant somewhere in the yard? The tiniest bit of heavy cream left in the carton? Zero energy left for the day? This one’s for you!
Pizza dough is even easier than no-knead bread! Making it at home will save you a ton of money. Those pre-baked shells are tasteless and expensive, and the somewhat tastier ready-to-bake doughs are outrageously expensive. (Not to mention the cost of buying a delivered pizza… and who knows what’s really in that.) You’re only four basic ingredients, ten minutes of actual work, two dirty dishes, and one floury counter top away from having a homemade pizza crust anytime. Save that extra cash and tip your beertender!
This dish is so simple, quick, easy to clean up, and delicious that it has earned its spot in my standard home dinner rotation. It’s a total crowd pleaser, too. With it, I’ve seen some very picky kids learn to love capers, so long as they’re slathered in lemon butter.
Ah, quiche, my time-saver breakfast. I am out the door before 5 am most mornings, and I know that I do not want to do a dish, but I also do not want to eat a bowl of sugar (I’m looking at YOU, oatmeal, you delicious, unhealthy pile of carb). If I get some protein, fruit, and vegetables into my system in the morning, I’m ready. Look at me, I can take care of my blood sugar and slack on the dishes all by my adult self!
I adore no-knead bread. It’s so cheap and easy to make… once you spend that starting cash on the baking stone. But that’s only 20 bucks–50 for a really big pretty one with a lifetime guarantee. Think of all the money you spend on bread and pizza, and how easy it is to devour a whole loaf of artisan bread before you even get home from the grocery store. You just ate five dollars! You could have instead bought enough ingredients for 20 loaves of this bread.
I am a big fan of eating without cooking. The week gets busy, and it’s nice to have a giant batch of something that I can just eat straight out of the fridge or throw into a container to take out the door. Chicken salads are a summer favorite, especially when they are heavy on crunchy fresh vegetables and nuts, with some fresh and dried fruit to add a little sweetness.
Katsudon is basically a delicious pile of rice, breaded and fried pork, onion, and sauce all stuck together with egg. It’s downright amazing. Thank you Portugal for bringing frying to Japan!