Me Versus the Fridge
The Sunday night pit is starting to sink in and it’s only 9:52 am. Not a good sign for the week ahead, especially since this week is the last one before two weeks of no school. Call me a downer (I call it a realist) but I’m trying to decide which person/scenario is going to annoy me the most:
1) Mom in daughter’s class who swears she won’t give something extra to teacher for holidays after contributing to very substantial class gift but then hands her $100 Nordstrom Gift Card at class party. (C’mon, you know the one…in the Yoga pants?)
2) Newspaper Delivery Man who misses 50% of newspaper deliveries but leaves SASE in mailbox thanking me for my patronage.
3) Kid who thinks my only job when I drop her at school is to drive around and buy her things for our upcoming trip such as headbands, tights and Miley Cyrus notebooks.
4) Client who will call me at 5 pm on Friday telling me that something is wrong with deliverables only 12 hours before I’m supposed to leave to go out of town.
5) Co-worker whom I get stuck next to at office holiday party and must pretend I like and listen to her smoker’s laugh.
6) Husband who doesn’t understand that yes, you have to give a Christmas gift to the exterminator. If there’s anyone I want at my beck and call it’s him (exterminator, not husband).
7) Woman who just took my friggin’ parking spot at the mall when she clearly saw I was waiting but because the car backed out instead of went the other way she was able to inch her way in. I HATE THIS WOMAN. HATE. I WANT TO KILL HER.
Not sure who winner will be yet. It’s a tight running and I may have to get back with results on Wednesday after class party, client meeting, office party, three mornings of being asked for stuff, and hopefully a bug-free house. But right now it’s the woman from the mall who stole my spot. There’s nothing that gets my blood boiling more.
But since it is Sunday I have to start thinking about all of these things. Organize work meetings. Get kids packed. Make sure all appropriate people are thanked. Clean out fridge. Which actually means I have to open my fridge. And doing so just annoys me more because I’m reminded that it’s doing a much better job of balancing it all than me.
And because it’s raining, and because it’s supposed to go down to like five below zero and because I didn’t work out, I don’t feel like doing much of anything. So I’m looking at some butter, some Parmesan cheese, some white wine and oh yeah, I think I’ve got some frozen tilapia filets in the freezer.
So tonight’s “I’m not going to the store under any circumstance” dinner will be Tilapia Parmesan. It’s healthier than lasagna because you don’t use noodles and it’s really good. Since there’s bound to be some tomato sauce and bread crumbs in the pantry (please be in there) and I always keep shredded cheese the only thing I really have to buy is ricotta which I’ll deal with later.
- 6 Tilapia Filets (Frozen or Fresh – if frozen, stick in cold water for a few minutes)
- 2 eggs
- Seasoned bread crumbs
- Jar tomato sauce
- Ricotta Cheese
- White wine
- Shredded Mozzarella
- Rinse and dry tilapia filets (you can also use any flaky white fish).
- Sprinkle with a little S&P.
- Beat eggs.
- Dip filets in eggs and coat with bread crumbs.
- Saute in a little olive oil (2 minutes on each side).
- Coat bottom of lasagna pan with tomato sauce.
- Place tilapia filets on top.
- Cover with ricotta cheese.
- Top with more sauce.
- Sprinkle mozzarella cheese.
- Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until cheese bubbles (do not overbake).
- If you have any leftover bread from the week, spread it with butter and sprinkle with S&P and some garlic salt and bake for 6-7 minutes until toasty.
- Realize I was supposed to put a little white wine in fish but forgot so just pour a glass and drink.
- Give yourself a high five for making awesome dinner using what you have!