In all honestly, this is the story of my dinner time. Call it a broken record, if you like, but it's true that this has happened more often than I'd like to admit. Some people are amazing chefs, love to try new and exciting recipes and don't think twice about spending two hours a night making a first-class, incredibly beautiful meal.
Me, not so much.
I have figured out a way to cheat the system, though! My trick of the trade is this - pre-make, re-heat. I spend time on Sunday making something that I can eat for dinner for the next couple of nights - then by the time Thursday comes around I'm ready to cook again, so I'm happy to do so! (Though of course I still make quick & easy Clean meals, because I'm not Julia Childs!
Here's what I made on Sunday - and to be completely honest, it's awesome. It's light, but filling. Clean & healthy. Cheap. Easy. Quick. Basically everything a meal should be!
I'd give you the recipe for it, but here's the catch - there isn't one! Nope, no recipe, no rules. Which may give some people a severe case of being anxious, but trust me - it's a good thing.
Whichever day you want to make your soup, round up all the fresh vegetables you have in the house (or go to the store and buy your favorites! Anything goes, guys. Anything).
Mine had celery, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, and onion and some garlic - but each time it's a bit different!
Chop them up. Put them in a pan with some water, and add whatever spices you prefer! Put them on the stove. Cook them on medium until they're fully cooked - just let them simmer while you do your other chores & in a couple hours they'll be good!
In my house, I then split this into 2 containers - one is for my husband and this soup stays exactly as it was on the stove. The other is for me, and I take an immersion blender to the soup and make it into a puree - and there's my soup! It's amazing! There's a big story behind why I make this puree, but that's for another day. I'll tell you it involves France - which means it must be great, non?