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I love to cook, and cook good yet simple stuff. It doesn't have to be exotic or full of ingredients I have to go looking for to be satisfying. 

I like to cook a bunch of stuff at one time. I make 'fast food', like the tv dinners of old. The stuff in the freezer section called tv dinners nowadays is just plastic, rubbery ick. 

 

Yesterday I made 12 pepperoni/sausage/black olive/onion individual pizzas, using garlic Naan bread as my crust. Left on the counter for 30 minutes is sufficiently thawed to cook. They're placed in a frying pan, yep, no oven to heat up here, on very low. In 10 minutes you have a super crispy crusted melty pizza. Each one costs about 75 cents. And each one is the perfect individual size. Or split it and have a side salad.

 

I also do soft taco packets, roast beef/rice/veggie packets, chicken with rice and peas and carrots packets, black bean/cheddar cheese skirt burgers and french fry packets and giant black bean/rice and cheese burritos (these take longer to thaw) to name a few. Each can be thawed in 30 minutes and cooked in a frying pan in less than 20 minutes.

Works so well for meeting night when MH has to make his own dinner:wacko:, ya like I'm happy with letting him loose in the kitchen to make something on his own.  

 

Oh I even did something new to me. I got 20 pounds of in-the-shell oysters a while ago, BBQ'd them then breaded them in egg and cracker meal and froze them on a tray. I thawed a few for 20 minutes and fried them in a bit of lard. Oh my goodness, they were the BOMB! So now I have 6 baggies of oysters for 2 to combine with shrimp and fish for a seafood meal night. Oh my...I might have to go get some out for tonight...

 

Do any of you cook like this? Make fast ready-to-cook meals? 

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I'm not sure if I would call what I make "fast food", you know, like having some servings ready to "heat-and-eat" as much as "left overs".

 

Though I do make meals that can take all day to cook - like sow cooking/smoking BBQ or even letting something simmer/cook "all day" to get tenderness and/or flavor.

 

That said, having watched many, many episodes of "30 Minute Meals" - I could refer to quite a bit of my cooking as "fast food". I can make all sorts of meals in 30 minutes - start to finish.

6 hours ago, bagwell1987 said:

Left on the counter for 30 minutes is sufficiently thawed to cook. They're placed in a frying pan, yep, no oven to heat up here, on very low. In 10 minutes you have a super crispy crusted melty pizza.

 

That comes to 40 minutes to "re-heat" and however long it took to make in the first place. I can make a "fast rise/single rise" dough in about 5 minutes, make an uncooked sauce and dress the pizza in under ten minutes, it only takes 15-20 minutes to cook. So, my fast food - never frozen - pizza is ready in 35 minutes.

 

However, I do agree with your fast food idea. That is an excellent idea you have there and they look like they would be quite tasty once heated up.

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