I consider myself a kind person, patient person. I can give credit to my upbringing for the former characteristic and my years of working with children for the latter. However, if you ever find me in an off mood, snapping at anyone who comes close to me and lacking any resemblance of patience, chances are there’s only one of two things to blame:
And, God protect you if you stumble across me afflicted with both of these two at the same time.
This evening, after not paying close enough attention to my food intake, or lack thereof, I found myself HANGRY. What is “hangry”, you ask? Let this awesome pillow, (sold on etsy for anyone looking to shower me in gifts, wink wink) explain.
When hangry, the amount of time I am willing to spend on preparation of a meal is a maximum of 4.5 minutes. Hangriness, (as long as we’re making up words here, right?) can be dangerous because it’s easy to cave in and eat something awfully unhealthy in an attempt to quell the hanger (let’s see how many we can make) as fast as possible. Some favorite quick fixes of mine in the past, prior to going off carbs and sugar are as follows:
Potato chip sandwiches (never heard of ‘em? the recipe is simple: layer bread, cheese, mustard and chips and enjoy!)
Frozen appetizers that can be microwaved (jalapeno poppers, anyone?)
Healthy, right? So you can imagine how concerned I was when I felt myself starting to get hangry this evening. Luckily, my fridge/freezer was there to help me out. I quickly, (remember I was only working with 4.5 minutes here) pulled out the following ingredients:
The peas and spinach were frozen but luckily only take a minute or two to warm up. The Athenos company was kind enough to crumble my feta for me, (4.5 minutes, people. No time for crumbling!) and all it took to add the pine nuts was trying to figure out how to open the plastic container, (sadly, this took at least 50 seconds).
The final product:
And so, in under five minutes I was able to create a healthy, candy bar free meal that successfully pulled my hangrocity from a level 6 to level 0 within a few bites. Phew!