Monday, October 31, 2011

The Kitchen is Open Late...

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. :)

6 comments:

  1. OMG!! I want that quesadilla!! LOL... leave it to me to want the most fattening thing on this one!!

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  2. Actually, the sweet potato fritters are probably more fattening. You could have those sans the turkey bacon, right? ;)

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  3. I love putting together meals in a short amount of time. It really ignites my creativity and resourcefulness. I really can amaze myself with what I can do with so few things, but the simplest things are some of the most delectable things too. Ohhh Tortang Ampalaya, yum yum. We shall cook up a feast when I see you in December =) The noodles with squash reminds that I need to roast the squash that I got from the pumpkin patch that I went to a few weeks ago with the kiddies. Hooray for good food =)

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  4. Hooray, indeed! Really looking forward to you, Mom, and Dad visiting in just over a month. Bring your appetites!

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  5. Jonathan, I may just show up at your place for a late evening snack!! Thanks for the great ideas ;)

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  6. My pleasure, Margaret! Mi casa es su casa. :)

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