Tonight, I’m dead tired.  I’m always beat on the Wednesday I get off my 7-night workweek. While my kids were transfixed in front of the boob tube (Scooby-Doo is a multi-generational crowd pleaser), I threw together a quick grain-free dinner for Fitbomb and myself. 

In the fridge, I had some sweet basil and parmesan chicken meatballs, carrots, and half a box of pre-washed organic baby spinach in the fridge.  Although the spinach is a great convenience item, if the box has been open for a few days, I gotta pick out a whole bunch of melt-y leaves.  Yuck.

I prepped the carrots for roasting and popped them in my good old toaster oven.  Then, I chopped up a shallot and threw them in a pan with melted lard.  Once they were softened, I dumped in the spinach and stirred the leaves around until they were wilted. 

I zoned in front of the boob tube while I waited for the carrots to finish roasting.  Then, I replaced the carrots with a tray of meatballs.

I normally nuke the meatballs when I’m at work but they taste MUCH better baked in the oven. I did nuke up some herb gravy which I served on the side.

Here’s everything plated up:

I used to always order out on my “flip night” and invariably what we ate was always super carb-y (e.g. pho, pizza, sushi, etc.).  Having easy to fix basics and pre-cooked proteins in the fridge has totally changed how I eat.  I don’t think I’ll ever go back.

I almost forgot my dessert! A shot glass of my favorite coconut milk:

About Michelle Tam

Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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  1. This is pure gold – classic – simple and exactly the reminder I needed.

    Thank you for not removing it. I looked the old blog posts. Shows your authenticity and ‘realness’ (is that’s the same thing?!). Anyhow.

    Thank you.