Weeknight Reality

Alright, moment of transparency. I love cooking and trying new recipes and all of the deliciousness that ensues, but that magic only happens like 20% of the time. 60% of the time I’m eating leftovers or making breakfast for dinner. And the other 20% is the ultimate lazy card of going out to eat – which is so challenging for me these days. And lets be honest, I’d rather limit my grocery runs to once a week if possible. I especially don’t want to go after a long work day and commute.

Despite going to the store a few days ago… wait, did I make it to the store this weekend?

Oy vey…

As I mentioned in a previous post, life has been a bit chaotic recently. Work is requiring extra energy and brain power, we are in the middle of a roommate swap – one moving out, another moving in, and in the midst of that swap I’m trying to get that bedroom and bathroom painted (last 2 in the house!). And since my house isn’t disheveled enough as it is, the majority of the contents from my master bedroom are out in the living room as I continue to wage war against the mouse.

The point I’m trying to make is that groceries are a bit low and energy/motivation are even lower. We’ve all been there. We’ve all been uninspired in the kitchen. We’ve all felt lazy. We’ve all been pressed for creativity when supplies are low.

So here are a few staples I run to when I need quick and simple. This is my dinner tonight.

My kitchen soul mate and fellow basically-vegan and I used to roast cauliflower on lazy nights. Chopped cauliflower tossed with a little oil, lemon juice, and garlic, roasted and topped with shaved Parmesan (not vegan, we know. But come on, it’s Parmigiano Reggiano). Some nights I just chop up a zucchini, saute it in a little oil, salt and pepper, and call it good. Again, delicious with shaved Parmesan. And I think a nice rice blend can be a great side to add a little extra substance. For those of you who are local, my favorite is the Bistro blend from Winco.

Now obviously this isn’t anything fancy, but it will do in a pinch. And it’s better than toast or a pb&j. And yes, that is another batch of cranberry sauce going because it’s November and I have an addiction.



Currently drinking: New Belgium 1554 Black Lager


Recently Watched: Thor Ragnarok – not the greatest cinema experience of all time, but still very entertaining if you are a fan of the Marvel movies. And Cate Blanchett though… she’s probably my favorite actress.

Rice – start first

Pick a kind, any kind, and cook per instructions.

Roasted Cauliflower – start second


Cauliflower – I use half a head if I’m just cooking for myself.

Olive or Avocado oil


Lemon juice

Salt and pepper

Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Chop cauliflower into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Toss with the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Spread on a baking dish (stoneware is the best!)
  5. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until edges start to brown.
  6. Remove from oven, let cool for a minute, then serve topped with Parmesan cheese.

Sauted Zucchini – start when rice and cauliflower are just about done


Zucchini – I use one medium zucchini if I’m just cooking for myself.

Oil – avo or olive

Salt and pepper

Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. Heat a saute pan over medium heat. Add a little oil to the pan.
  2. Slice and half the zucchini.
  3. Add zucchini to the pan and top with a little more oil, salt and pepper.
  4. Saute on medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cook to desired tenderness.
  5. Serve immediately, topped with Parmesan cheese.

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Hello! I’m Whitney and this is my home for all things food and life.

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