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. :)


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

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

  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 =)

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

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

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


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