How to Make a One Dish Meal

I’m getting tired of washing dishes.

Perhaps it is strange, but occasionally I enjoy washing dishes. We do have a dishwasher, but I try to handwash all our pots and pans, some silverware (our silverware holder in the dishwasher gets filled up extremely quickly), special dishes (like homemade ceramic mugs), tupperware (because our first dishwasher broke from a melted tupperware cover), and plastic bags (this drives Dave crazy, but I like to save money and the enviroment by reusing lightly soiled bags).

I have taken over much of the cooking and cleaning since Dave started his new job in February. I don’t mind at all, because Dave works 50-65 hours weeks, whereas I work 32 hours a week, so it just makes more sense. And, like I said, I find washing dishes to be relaxing.

But it also means I spend about 45 minutes to an hour every day picking up stray cups and plates, loading the dishwasher, hand washing, and putting away dishes. Another first world problem? Yes. But when you only spend six waking hours a day at home, it sucks to use one of them for washing dishes.

I do have a few options. Heat up a frozen dinner. I don’t buy frozen dinners (except pizza). Go out to eat. That could get expensive. Make a bowl of microwave popcorn. If your appetite is not quite up to snuff but you still want something to nosh, it makes a perfect meal.

Popcorn is 100% whole grain with more antioxidants than fruit and vegetables. The best kind, of course, is air-popped, but when I’m lazy, I just eat the light butter kind, which has about 200 calories for a 2-serving bag. (Does anyone else find the nutrition facts on popcorn confusing?)

With very minimal clean-up.

Are you feeling gypped on the one-dish meal recipe now? 🙂


Arty woke me up again last night, and, while tossing and turning, I contemplated getting up at about 6:00am to go running. I haven’t run at all yet this week, and I felt bad for missing ‘National Running Day’ yesterday.

But then I remembered that today was supposed to be a rest day, so I talked myself back out of it and drifted into an uneasy sleep before waking up at 8:00am for some yoga time.

Twenty-five minutes of vinyasa yoga with Chris Freytag. I know I keep saying this, but I really need to incorporate more yoga into my life! I used to be so flexible and now my muscles seem so much tighter.

I still wasn’t feeling fabulous health-wise, but I was hungry for breakfast, which was a nice change of pace. I really wanted an egg sandwich, and was excited to see these Cheddar & Spinach rolls sticking out of Dave’s work carry-on bag.

I miss the days when we used to have bakery rolls and bread in abundance in our apartment. I snagged one of these to make a delicious egg sandwich for myself. (Thanks, Dave! 🙂 )

Overhard egg with sauteed spinach, pesto, and avocado.

With a sliced apple on the side.

Why have I never thought to mix avocado and pesto before? It’s a fantastic combination. I see Guacamummus with pesto in my future….

I’m hoping to get a run in early tomorrow morning before I help my mom put together flower bouquets for a Saturday wedding. Hopefully I will have the determination to wake up early!

Did you celebrate National Running Day? (By running or eating a piece of cake?)


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