Between my day job and either rehearsing or performing in the evening, my days are quite long. On a typical day, I'll leave the house around 9am and won't get back until 10 or 11pm. While it's often recommended to avoid eating late at night, it's a necessity for me. Even after three full meals during the day and snacks in between, I'm ravenous by the time I get home. And while many people often tell me, "I wish I had your metabolism," my usual retort is that they should be careful what they wish for. I don't mind having a fast metabolism, but when it's more akin to a runaway train, filling my plate literally fills my plate figuratively as well.
So when I get home, I know I need to eat one more meal before heading upstairs to bed. Now an added challenge is that the roommates are usually sleeping by that time, so whatever I end up making has to be relatively quiet. And with how tired I usually am, it also needs to involve a minimum amount of prep and clean-up. As much as I usually love to hang out in the kitchen taking my time, in these situations my need for nourishment trumps my need for zen. So I've made it a habit to stock my refrigerator and pantry with a variety of ready-to-use ingredients that I can mix and match easily to give my body the nutrition and calories it needs.
I almost always share these late night meals on Twitter. And with the positive response I've received there, I thought it would be cool to compile them here and give them their own post.
There have been quite a few more, but unfortunately I was too hungry to take pictures of those before inhaling them. :)
|Quesadilla with Baby Spinach, Black Rice, |
Daiya Cheddar, Tomatoes, & Onions
|Sweet Potato Fritters topped with|
Applesauce & Turkey Bacon
|Black Beans, Millet, & Baby Arugula tossed in|
a Spicy Peanut Sauce
|Rice Noodles with Home-made Cilantro Arugula Pesto,|
Roasted Butternut Squash, & Sauteed Tomatoes
|Home-grown Bittermelon Omelette with Baby Greens, &|
Caramelized Onions over Millet
|Short Grain Brown Rice, Lacinato Kale, &|
Sunshine Burger, drizzled with EVOO
|Dessert Burrito of Raspberries, Bananas, Overtoasted|
Ground Almonds, & Warm Peanut Butter
|Spicy Tuna Croquettes over Baby Arugula|
Something that I really love about having to whip up quick, healthy meals like these is that it forces me to be creative, efficient, and to use only the ingredients that I have. No recipes to follow, no elaborate photoshoots, no last minute shopping trips, and no time for indecision. I like to think of them as my Canary Quickfire Challenges - make it work and make it delicious.
Everyone have an amazing week. I know I will - they just finished remodeling the kitchen, so after almost two weeks, I can finally get back in there and start cooking and baking again. Stay tuned for a variety of holiday inspired recipes coming soon. My brain almost hurts from all the ideas swimming up there. :)