There I was again, sitting at the table after lunch. Hungry. Why, you might ask? Chiefly because when I sit down to lunch with my boys for a weekday lunch, I forget to feed myself. Does this ever happen to you?
I had carefully planned out their graham crackers smothered in peanut butter, vanilla yogurt sprinkled with cinnamon, and banana slices each topped with peanut butter and a baby marshmallow.
But food for Mommy? Nope.
When Middle Man got home from preschool, I sat him (and his brother) down at the table for lunch while I excitedly went through his backpack, asking him about school and reading the summary of daily classroom activities.
When the boys were finished eating, it was time for a quick wash-up, diaper changes, and stories. Then, off to nap time!
I sat down and relished in the silence (or at least, semi-quiet containment of my boys, who played together before they conked out).
Then came the tummy rumble, accompanied by an unpleasant hollow sensation.
Mama was hungry.
I checked the fridge and pantry looking for something to eat with nutritional value that could also be thrown together with minimal effort. I wanted something substantial, both for my taste buds and my tummy.
We had tortillas… a good starting point.
These are a staple at my house exactly for this “need a quick, filling meal” occasion. Sometimes I broil them with meat and cheese (or BBQ sauce/cheese or salsa/cheese) on them. But we were almost out of meat, and I wasn’t really feeling the other cheese combos. Other times I like peanut butter and honey, but that just sounded so sticky in my mouth. And I really needed a fruit or vegetable.
In the end, I tried a combination I’d never had before. I made a cream cheese, peanut butter, honey, banana tortilla roll-up, a.k.a. tortilla delight.
The cream cheese was the new part of this flavor palette for me. It added a tang that instantly tamed the peanut butter flavor. It also helped the “sticky mouth” factor. 🙂 Plus, I got in some fruit. Can you go wrong with banana and peanut butter?
It was certainly not gourmet, but it was yummy, fast, and filling. And that was what counted. 🙂
What do you eat when you need something fast and filling?