Dinner, can you hear me?

by | Jan 19, 2016 | Food, Recipes, Thoughts | 2 comments

I am going to take a short break from #craftmaggedon2016 posts, because I want to lament about something. Something deep. Something real. Something that has inexplicably escaped me and I want it back so, so much.


Dinner, can you hear me? Dinner, can you see me? Dinner, can you feed me in the niiiiight?

I freaking miss dinner. Let me explain.

Last year, I was very focused on ‘not being as fat as I had become‘….errr…I mean ‘healthy living’ and ‘changing my attitude towards food’. In doing so, I gave up dairy (hallo, you should know that already) and starting eating a lot of the same loser meals every night. Ask me how many times I had vegetable minestrone soup last year, JUST FREAKING ASK ME.

Anyways, in becoming a vegetable robot who could not smother things in melted cheese, I started waining on a talent that used to otherwise inspire me. I loved dinner-time, guys. It was carb heavy, loaded with hundreds of unnecessary calories, and always filling and delicious. Now, after a year of forgetting that dinners could elicit joy in a person, I feel that I have lost my way. I don’t even know how to dinner anymore. I stand at my pantry, staring at loads of ingredients, and go ‘so, I guess soup for dinner again?’.
Another dinner monster which has been slowly adjusting itself over the past year is my work schedule. When I began my position 4 years ago, I was a normal 9AM-5PM office jocky; but as my role has changed, so have my hours. Now, on a regular night, I am signing off at around 7:30PM-8:00PM, which decimates any dinner time that normal mortals are accustom to. After a long day of work, who wants to start a roast dinner at 7PM at night? No one, no one I tells yea.
Finally, we are currently almost half way through paying a very hefty assessment on our condo. Where you would assume not having an extra $600 a month would impede on buying useless things off the internet, it seems to mostly have hindered how many times we visit the grocery store in a month. It’s actually quite horrifying to think about so let’s skip ahead, shall we?

In an attempt to refocus myself, I am starting off easy. Obviously, Minimalist Baker is my life force, and I love the ease and simplicity of Dana’s recipes, so I will continue to #ultimatefangirl anything she makes. I have also become intrigued by Martha Stewart’s ‘One Pot Dinners’, of which I like the utter laziness that goes into preparing human food.
In the next 2-3 months, I hope to up my dinner game exponentially, and I am going to rely on recipes like the ones below to help.

One Pan Pasta by Martha Stewart
One-Pan Pasta

Mexican Green Chili Veggie Burgers by Minimalist Baker

AMAZING 30-minute Green Chili Veggie Burgers! Tender, flavorful, subtly spiced and SO satisfying! #vegan #glutenfree #recipe #mexican #healthy #minimalistbaker #easy

Chickpea Aloo Chaat Bowl by Vegan Richa

Chickpea Aloo Chaat Bowl. Mint cilantro Potatoes, spiced chickpeas, tamarind date chutney bowl with onions, tomatoes and chaat masala. | VeganRicha.com #vegan #glutenfree #bowl #recipe

Pork and Plums by Martha Stewart

Pork and Plums

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna by Minimalist Baker

HEALTHY Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Bake! 10 ingredients, plant-based, SO delicious! #vegan #glutenfree #lasagna #recipe #fall #recipe #healthy #minimalistbaker

Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto by Cookie and Kate

This roasted butternut risotto tastes heavenly and hardly requires any stirring! cookieandkate.comEasy Paella by Martha Stewart

Easy Paella

Butternut Squash Black Bean Enchiladas by Minimalist Baker

AMAZING 10 Ingredient Butternut Squash Enchiladas! Simple methods and ingredients and AMAZING results! #plantbased #vegan #glutenfree #enchiladas #recipe #healthy #dinner

Gobi Musallam by Vegan Richa

Gobi Musallam - Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Makhani Gravy

Please, readers, if you have any tips or words of encouragement, dear god please comment below or on my Instagram and Facebook. As you can tell, I need all of the help I can get.

Finally, Husband, if you are reading this and wondering how to surprise me with a wonderful candlelight dinner : HINTS. HINTS. THESE ARE WHAT OTHERS WOULD CALL HINTS.







  1. da geez

    Wow…those recipies look awesome…….Could we try some next time we come to visit……Love ya ..POP..!!!

    • Natasha

      Sure! You just gotta get here now!


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