Maybe you had to work late. Maybe you met up with a friend. Or maybe you got home with plenty of time but really, really, really needed to spend 90 minutes checking what everyone from high school was up to. (We’ve all been there.) However you got here, it’s now 8 o’clock and you’ve reached a place past hangry – you’re hengraged. So, here are a few easy dinner recipes for the hengraged human.
1. Peanut Butter Pasta
This is a great dish if you want to make a quick dinner like a grownup but crave peanut butter like someone who is fed by grownups.
-Bring a pot of water to boil with a pinch of salt.
-Cook 12 ounces of egg noodles or a long strand pasta until tender. (The instructions are on the box. You know how to cook pasta.)
-While that cooks, whisk together ½ cup of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 3 tablespoons of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of sesame oil (if you don’t have it, just use more soy sauce), 1 tablespoon of white or rice wine vinegar, a pinch of pepper, and a couple drops of hot sauce (if you want the heat).
-If you have a cucumber, shred it, dice it, or figure out whatever way you can to turn it into small pieces.
-Toss pasta with the sauce and cucumbers.
Voila! Your hunger is satisfied and anger is off the table.
2.Citrus Chickpea Couscous
-Cut a fennel bulb into quarter inch slices. (Don’t have a fennel bulb? Use half a yellow onion instead – you won’t have that anise flavor but you’ll still get an enjoyable crunch.)
-Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat then cook fennel for about 10-15 minutes.
-Add one can of drained chickpeas, ½ teaspoon of coriander (cumin also works), the juice of half a lemon (watch out for seeds), and 10 olives that have been pitted and halved. Continue cooking over medium while stirring every once in a while.
-Meanwhile, put ½ cup of orange juice, 1 cup of water, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and ½ teaspoon of salt into a small pot and bring it to a boil.
-Pour in 1 cup of instant couscous, take off heat, and wait for about 5 minutes.
-Put the couscous on a plate and top with the chickpeas mixture.
You now have a fancy meal that’s way more shareable than mac & cheese.
3.The Everything Breakfast Scramble
Yes, it has come to this – breakfast for dinner. I’m not judging you. Besides, it’s a great way to use up stuff in your fridge.
-Beat 3-4 eggs with a pinch of salt and pepper, plus a hearty splash of milk if you’ve got it.
-Heat a skillet on medium and melt half a tablespoon of butter.
-Cook the veggies until soft.
-Pour the eggs over the vegetables and scramble them until they’re your preferred level of doneness. If you have any sliced ham or other cold cuts, toss a few of those in, too.
There, you’ve gone from “just can’t” to “just did.” Next time, we’ll figure out how to make lunch when all you have is a slice of bread and a dream.