Never have I agreed with a random tweet more: “Meals during midterms are whatever can end up in your bag in under 60 seconds.” As the fall semester of my junior year in biomedical engineering and pre-medicine pushes on, I’m coming to learn the glory that is creating a quick meal at the end of a hectic day full of circuits, thermodynamics, biochemistry, quantitative physiology, and MCAT class.
It’s mid-term season. Days run from 9am-11pm, engineers are falling asleep on the busses to the engineering campus, and the cold air is not helping. But, a diabetic-celiac always has to have a plan A. And a plan B. And a plan C.
Plan A: Wake up early to save time to pack a nice lunch and take out food from the freezer for dinner. Well, losing sleep for making a sandwich was not going to happen this week.
Plan B: Take food out before going to sleep, including preparing most of lunch and something simple for next day dinner. Well, after 7 hours of class, 4 hours of office hours, 2 busses, last minute homework, and running a load of laundry so I have something to wear for the next marathon-esque day, a hot shower and crashing on my three [yes, three] fluffy pillows happened before I could think about food.
Plan C: The “Oh man, I have no idea what I’m doing about food and I’m starved” plan. The “I just walked in my apartment and realized I haven’t planned a single thing for dinner” plan. The “I only managed to pack an apple, a few cheese sticks, an Enjoy Life bar, and a packet of oatmeal, which I didn’t even have time to find hot water for, was my lunch today and now it’s already time to eat again” plan. Well, that’s definitely happened a few times this week. But, I figured I’d share my glorious plan for dinner after my MCAT class tonight and before I finish that darn circuits homework due tomorrow. Yay for plan C.
So, most often, I just have a bunch of packages of frozen veggies in my fridge by this far out since my last grocery run, but today I realized I still had a few asparagus spears left from the other night, a bell pepper, and some onion. Plus, I’ve always got Tyson Grilled and Ready Diced Chicken on hand–which has been a life saver when beautiful protein is ready from freezer to plate in 1.5 minutes. So, what better than a southwestern-style pizza on an Udi’s crust?!
This is what’s going to end up in the oven at 9 pm, leaving me about 25 minutes to get work done ’til the timer goes off:
-BBQ sauce [not pizza sauce!]
-Mexican Shredded Cheese Blend
-Diced Onion and Bell Pepper
-Cut up leftover asparagus
-Tyson Grilled and Ready Diced Frozen Chicken
And, like I mentioned, about 25 minutes in the oven [be sure you spray the baking sheet or it sticks!] and I’ll have an ideal Plan C.
Please let me know if you have similar crazy schedule quick meal ideas! I’d love to repost them.
As always, take it easy but take it.