It's my week to close the office. That means I stay until all of the employees leave. The office officially closes at 5PM, but it's generally 5:10PM to 5:30PM before I leave. Today, it was about 5:10PM. I realized I was out of wet dog food, which is a problem as my 11 y.o. Yorkie only has about 3 teeth left and she can't eat dry food. So, I had to stop for dog food, along with another errand. I also realized that I had no clue what I was going to fix my sons for dinner or myself. I knew I wouldn't be back home until around 7PM, which is far too late to do any heavy cooking. Luckily, the boys were easy and asked for Quiznos. (Yes, I know ... but they eat meat most of the time. I'm trying to convert them slowly. Forcing them won't work at 19 and 21 years old.) That left me.
I have not had plain rice and veggies in a while. I'm not talking about stir fry, but rather rice cooked in my rice cooker with veggies steamed in the steamer basket above the rice. I had a brown rice mixture in my pantry. I cooked half of that package and about a quarter of a big bag of cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots. It is the most simple meal, but I really like it. I didn't throw any spices into the rice while it cooked, just water. It's a plain meal, but tastes great. I had enough of the rice and veggies for another dinner (probably tomorrow). I even had enough rice to give both of my big dogs a spoonful. Like me, the girls (my dogs) love freshly cooked rice. So, it was my EASY dinner night. :)
Over the weekend, I will make a stir fry with some of the veggies and some tofu. The veggies would also be great in a cold whole wheat pasta salad. Hmmm...I think I have enough to make both.