Alex is the chef in our family (he kills at broccoli quesadillas and chicken parm meatballs), but last week, he was out of town, so the boys and I were on our own. Unfortunately, I am — how should I put this — not a great cook. So, I figured we’d just shop the fridge:
But then I started brainstorming:
And came up with a weeknight meal plan:
Monday: Rice and beans with toppings, including avocado, tomato, cheddar cheese and sour cream
Tuesday: Pesto pasta (using excellent store-bought pesto) with sautéed zucchini
Wednesday: Sausages with corn and tomatoes
Thursday: Mushroom and egg toast. (Sauté a bunch of mushrooms with salt and pepper. Poach four eggs. Toast four slices of country bread and top with the mushrooms, eggs, and grated Parmesan.)
Friday: Pizza delivery from our favorite neighborhood spot!
The Thursday night dinner — mushroom and egg toast — reminded me of the power of putting an egg on top. Eggs can jazz up so many things — cheesy noodles, green salads, a piece of toast, don’t you think? Here are nine more ideas…
Angel hair pasta with a fried egg and parmesan.
Eggs and tomato sauce over polenta. “I’ve been making this dish for over 10 years,” says Deanna, a pediatric intensive care nurse practitioner. “I work crazy hours and having a back–pocket dish is great.”
White pizza with cheese, scallions and eggs.
Lentil salad with bell peppers and a seven-minute egg.
Avocado toast, three ways.
Egg roll in a bowl.
An egg-in-a-hole, toast-in-a-hole, egg-in-a-basket.
Classic fried eggs.
Thoughts? What would you add? What else do you top eggs with? Here are 9 easy family meals we’ve loved to death.
(Top photo by Romulo Yanes for Real Simple.)