July 19, 2012

In Praise of the Simple Meal

I get it.

It's hot. You're tired. Cooking is the last thing you want to do. You're tired of takeout. Making a decision seems more difficult than cooking.

That's why we all deserve the simple meal.

Imagine it's a picnic, or a spread of hors d'oeuvres, and voila! Dinner. And it can be healthy, too.

This particular night, we enjoyed simple kale chips (I've gotten to where I actually pop them in the oven before it's even finished preheating, further simplifying and speeding up the process) and store-bought hummus. Goat cheese with a dollop of balsamic onion reduction and slices of day-old baguette. Crudite. Rose wine.

A magnificent meal that nourished us, pleased the palette, and could not have been simpler.

Earlier this week we had a similar meal with home-grown bruschetta; tomatoes, basil, garlic, and olive oil mixed together to top toasted slices of baguette.

What do you make when you can't bear to cook?