Take this morning. Boy and I had just returned from dropping off Wife at work. He wanted to hop onto Netflix and finish watching "Garfield's Pet Force." I wanted to do some prep work for the stir fry I was going to make for dinner. Spending half an hour to make something fancy was out of the question. Still, I didn't want to resort to cereal, cold or hot. Our eggs were already claimed for other things. It was a similar situation to the one that caused me to make the breakfast ramen I wrote about earlier. This time, however, I didn't come up with any new ideas. I turned to a cheat.
Cheats are the dishes that I--and many parents just like me--keep in our back pockets for just such an occasion. Easy recipes that don't use more than a handful of ingredients and don't take much time off the clock. Grilled cheese sandwiches are perhaps the quintessential cheat food: three ingredients, a few minutes, and yet everyone is satisfied. It's true that you can add steps to make a grilled cheese sandwich more gourmet, but whether you are going fancy or just plain exotic, it is hard to live up to the simple perfection of white bread, butter, and sharp cheddar. Buttered noodles, peanut butter and jelly-the list of cheats handed down through the ages is a long one. This is one of mine.
|Just as oozy as a regular quesadilla!|