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!