What’s for Dinner?

Everyday, without fail, At 4 o clock, a small wave of panic washes over me and I think,
“Oh no!
What’s for dinner?”

And I realize I haven’t a clue.
So I rustle through the frig in a panic, in a mad frenzy, sweating and salivating, to invent something resembling a meal that a troupe of boys would accept.

Because at 5pm, it starts,
“What’s for dinner?” (add whine)

So here is one of my G0-To Recipes for the last minute, what’s-for-dinner, I-swear-I-had-a-plan-here-somewheres events.

Tostadas, My Way

  • Trader’s Joe’s Corn Tortillas, TJ variety only.
  • Rosarita Lowfat Black Beans
  • Extra Sharp White Cheddar because a little goes a long way with flavor
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • My own Vinaigrette or Ranch Dressing

First, I get everything ready so that as soon as the tortilla is out of the frying pan, you can top it and go.

Chop up the Romaine.  Grate some Cheddar. Heat up the beans. Make the dressing if you don’t already have it. (Dressing recipes to follow).

Fry up a tortilla in olive oil to the crispness you like. I use olive oil to fry in because it’s there in the cupboard. Blot on paper towel. Top with warm beans, cheese, romaine lettuce and a really good drizzle of vinaigrette or ranch dressing.


That’s it.

It’s easy to keep these ingredients on hand, comes together fairly quickly, and tastes fresh and gourmet. Perfect.

Except after the 5th day in a row, the natives may want some variety. So, at that point, you just tear up the ingredients, put it in a bowl, add olives and say Tostada Salad!  hahahahaha. Leveraging your cooking.

Super Easy Ranch Dressing

  • Mayo
  • Buttermilk
  • Lawry’s Season Salt to taste

Whisk to the consistency and saltiness you desire.

Vinaigrette for Everything

  • Olive Oil
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Kosher salt
  • 1-2 Garlic cloves

Put everything in the blender and whizz til emulsified. Taste and adjust lemon juice and salt.

AND this is UNDERACHIEVER cuz things came out of a can!!!

You never know who will show up to say

What’s for dinner…….

Horse coming in house


  1. “Sweating and salivating, to invent something resembling a meal that a troupe of boys would accept.” Sooooo funny.

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