I started on the pile of dishes last night. But then my neighbor came over to get some cupcakes and fix my cable box (I'm totally "that girl"...oops), so I chatted with him instead. I did do a pretty big pile, so I can definitely finish it up tonight.
Since I already have a million and one dishes to do, I definitely needed something fast and one potted for dinner. Usually when I'm doing the quick and easy I go with eggs, but I feel like I've eaten a lot of those lately; sometimes it's nice to change it up. I dug about in the freezer for a while, discovered several different kinds of sorbet (random), and an almost empty box of frozen pierogies.
I went through a big time pierogie phase a few years back, but haven't been eating them much recently. For those of you who are unfamiliar, they're basically potato filled raviolis. Since I like my carbs with a nice side of carbs, these are a good fit. You can find them in the freezer section at any grocery store. They're usually with the potatoes but sometimes with the meals.
There are many different sauces and add-ins to do with these, but I like to keep it fairly simple. To me, the point of frozen dinners is that they're fast, so in that vein, I like to just heat them up in a little bit of olive oil, add some veggies, and top with marinara.
Frozen Pierogies with Broccoli and Sauce
Heat up a bit of olive oil over medium high heat. You could use cooking spray if you wanted to, but I don't think that the pierogies will get as golden and crispy without some fat.
Toss in whatever vegetables you're using. I just had broccoli, so I only used that, but whatever you have lying around would be fine. If it's a softer vegetable, one that cooks quickly, add it in after you flip the pierogies; if you don't, it will burn and/or turn to mush.
Let it cook for about 7 minutes, until the other side is browned and they no longer look frozen on top.
Continue to cook the flip side for 2-3 minutes. Then, top with marinara and cover. It doesn't need more than another 3-4 minutes, just enough to heat up the sauce.
When it seems warm enough, put onto a plate, top with cheese, and enjoy. It's quick, filling, relatively healthy, and, perhaps most importantly, only uses one dish.