It can be difficult to find the time to go shopping many times a week with work and social commitments and sometimes we find ourselves at home very hungry, with limited time and few ingredients.
Andrea and I always have spare ingredients that work as a base for many recipes. This way, we can always prepare something fast, tasty, and different without going crazy when we’re having a hectic week.
Both pasta and rice can be enjoyed boiled with a sauce, in a stew, or cold in salads. Both can also be baked with the leftovers of another meal or with the ingredients that we need to finish.
As a child, I didn’t like them much. Fortunately, over the years I have become very fond of lentils and chickpeas. Both can be purchased dry and can be boiled after having soaked them overnight, or you can buy them ready to eat in a jar. They go very well with sautéed vegetables, soups, or you can turn them into a cream with oil and garlic and use it to spread a slice of bread or to eat raw foods.
Would you like something sweet for a snack or after eating, but don’t have time to prepare a dessert? It’s okay to “cheat”! Andrea and I always have a small tablet of our favorite chocolate when we don’t want to put in too much effort. And if not, there’s always fruit with a little sugar and lemon juice, and voilà.