Carrie has been out and on her own for a few years now, and our family dinner routine has changed. Doug and I still sit down for an evening meal together, but the weekday food fare is definitely different now that we are empty nesters.
I used to fuss over making a home cooked meal every night, and when time constraints kept that from happening we'd end up grabbing take-out or even going out for dinner. I loved serving a traditional meal on a regular basis - complete with meat/starch/vegetables, and Doug loved being served the same.
Somehow it was hard-wired in my brain that the evening meal was my responsibility. My mom always did it, and that sense of duty was passed down to me. And somehow I realized that even though he enjoys and appreciates it, Doug does not expect me to serve him a fancy evening meal every night. He is perfectly fine with (and sometimes prefers) grilled cheese sandwiches and a bowl of soup for dinner. Or a rotisserie chicken picked up from the grocery store with a side of deli coleslaw. Simple works for both of us.
I can stretch a rotisserie chicken for at least two meals, and one night last week I threw this meal together. I stuck the corn tortillas two-together with a bit of grated cheese melted between them (30 seconds in the microwave), and I only used one chicken breast diced up to make four tacos. Fresh cilantro, sliced avocado and some salsa, served right off the cutting board in finger-food style - perfect evening meal for Douglas and me.
What's your favorite quick and easy evening meal?