Oops! for Dinner

While I was working in the yard today, I realized I hadn’t pulled anything from the freezer for dinner. No problem. On my next trip indoors for water, I pulled out the last container of taco meat and all was well.

Until a few minutes ago when I opened the container of taco meat and saw that it was actually part of the crumbly mixture that resulted from my attempt at pecan pie muffins for the neighborhood meeting last month. (This batch didn’t “set up” for some reason; I think it was the EnerG Egg Replacer I used instead of eggs. So I froze it, thinking I’d use it as yogurt topping or something decadent in the future.)

Anyway, I don’t think pecan pie salad would taste as good as the taco salad would have, so I had to go with Plan B. Only, I don’t really have a Plan B. I haven’t been to the regular grocery store in forever, so there’s nothing to defrost. I ate the last of the barbecued chicken last night, and my freezer is full of nuts and single servings of starchy vegetables, mostly. Fortunately, I made a stop at the produce store yesterday, so I’m loaded up on fresh veggies and fruit.

Okay, smoothie time! Fresh fruit, protein powder, milk…oops! No milk. No yogurt either. But while I was not finding milk or yogurt, I did find some eggs in the fridge, so I thought I might have a simple scrambled eggs-and-toast supper, with some sliced tomato on the side. Only there’s no bread for toasting. So I put the eggs on to boil (their intended purpose all along), and decided I’d make a nice tuna salad to have with my juicy tomato. Then I remembered that I had tuna salad for lunch. I really don’t want it again today. Or tomorrow, really. I’m a little tuna’d out.

Oh, the heck with it, I thought, I’ll walk down to Subway for a turkey sandwich. And that, of course, is when a loud clap of thunder shook the house and the sky started falling. I hadn’t realized the thunderstorms had arrived.

In the past, this might have been the cue to call the pizza folks. They’d be happy to deliver dinner right to my door and for a family, that might not be a bad solution. A nice big salad with a slice of pizza isn’t a terrible dinner in a pinch. But I don’t have a family to eat the other 7/8 of the pizza, and you know anyone who freezes unset pecan pie muffin mixture isn’t about to throw away a pizza. I’d have to eat it for the next 4 or 5 nights. Not a good plan. NOT AT ALL.

So, tonight’s menu is a lovely lettuce, tomato, cucumber salad followed by an entree of sliced boiled egg (maybe two, because I’m getting really hungry), with celery and salsa on the side.

And probably some pecan pie muffin crumbs for dessert. :)

Where there is a will, there is always a way!

What do you do when your dinner goes Oops!? Do you have standby meals in mind, or do you just grab the car keys? Or pick up the phone?

Oh, yay! The timer went off! Dinner is served!

12 thoughts on “Oops! for Dinner

  1. Believe it or not, that has never happened to me! I usually have something on hand that will tide me over.

    I must say that as I was continuing to read this message, all I could think was “Pecan pie muffins? Yum!” I’m actually baking for a friend–butter tart bars (butter tarts are a Canadian treat similar to pecan pie but with raisins–not lo-cal!!!)
    .-= Manuela´s last blog ..Quinoa and Rain =-.

  2. Glad you were able to improvise. I usually have food I prepared in batches in the freezer for times when I don’t feel like cooking.
    .-= Kimberley´s last blog ..Worthy Cause Wednesday =-.

  3. If it is just me, I am very happy to eat peanut butter on an apple. Or black bean burgers. And I always try to have some frozen veggies if I run out of fresh. If it is the whole family… I am out of luck!

  4. oooh maybe its good im not so good in the kitchen as I always have my version of dinner on hand.

    scrambled eggs and veggies and cheese and sausage.

    always at the ready
    just in cases (know the movie reference? :))
    .-= MizFit´s last blog ..New Two Fit Chicks podcast. =-.

  5. yummmm…pecans!

    smoothies are a famous choice here in lisa-land when dinner isn’t planned (which happens far too often!)

    luckily i’m in the habit of cooking up chicken breasts on sunday and putting them in the fridge for the week. Last night was an example of how they came in handy – lettuce, strawberries, goat cheese, chicken, balsamic and a bit of sesame oil for flavour – YUM!


  6. Cammy, I used to be the pizza person too. Oh my. I have probably gained so much weight just because of my overconsumption of that food! LOL

    I’m pretty lucky that I do live only about a 1/2 mile from the grocery store so when I’m in a pinch I just run down there. It rarely happens now because I’m still unsure about what I’ll do if I’m in a pinch. Trying hard to trust myself and get to a place where it doesn’t matter, but it is a work in progress.
    .-= Anonymous Fat Girl´s last blog ..One year ago… & other realizations =-.

  7. Very funny post but so true for many! Well, I always have something available. I have made some cooking mistakes before.. what, not a surprise to you Cammy! :-) If all else fails, I always have oatmeal, protein powder in the house….. it works in a pinch.. heck, I am not a great cook anyway so… that is work for me! 😉
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..Flavored Almonds Recipes =-.

  8. Great, great blog, am at the beginning of my weight loss journey..reading your blog will really help me stay on track..thanks!

  9. My food storage areas are usually full of options. I strongly avoid fast food and restaurant eating. Too expensive in both money and calories.

    I cook large portions and freeze stuff like spaghetti sauce, taco meat, meat loaf, roast beef, and pork tenderloin for quick meals after working all day. If I come across an unidentified frozen object, I thaw it and it might become dinner or it might be a snack for the beagles. Depends.

  10. You made me chuckle. I often end up going from one possibility to another, especially if I’ve put off shopping. And I don’t have the option of a take out restaurant, or any restaurant for that matter. I don’t keep a lot of stored food so the hunt can get a little fraught. This always happens after the convenience shop has closed so we’re on our own.

    Eggs are one thing I try not to run out of. They can be teamed up with almost any veggie.
    .-= MargieAnne´s last blog ..OUR BODIES ARE DESIGNED TO MOVE =-.

Comments are closed.