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CHALLENGE: A Real Dinner From the Convenience Store


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CHALLENGE: A Real Dinner From the Convenience Store

mamachef | | Sep 19, 2012 06:06 AM

I'm pretty sure we've mostly all got some approximation of the neighborhood convenience store, be it a bodega, a mom-n-pop, or a liquor store. So here's my challenge: it's late. You're tired. And when you get a few blocks from home, you twig to the realization that there's really nothing in the house for dinner. And you want a real dinner, not a foil-wrapped burger or a nasty hotdog that's been circulating on the roaster since 4 a. m. last Wednesday. What to do, what to do.
My local convenience store is heavy on the icky lunchmeats; the processed cheeses; candy, chips and soda. Of course. But when I take a good look around, there are a few possibilities for a real meal, made of real food. Luckily enough, they do stock some fresh foods: dairy, a very few veg. like tomatoes, onions, potatoes, citrus, etc., which is a bit out of the ordinary, but they seem to be trying to be the "all things to all people" store, so I've no complaints there. Here's what I came up with:
(Seasonings and spices from home are allowable for the challenge, also flour.)
Black beans (canned), over white rice, w/
Salsa (a small jar canned, mixed with fresh-chopped tomatoes and onion. Spice adjusted at home.
Shredded cheese (they do carry two unprocessed cheddars, one sharp; one mild.)
Sour cream (which I assume they have on hand for the dip packets they sell)
Fried bananas, squeeze of lemon
Alternatively, I guess I could make:
Homemade mac and cheese (they carry dried noodles, the aforementioned cheese, milk, butter, etc.)
With a delicious side of canned, stewed tomatoes and
I guess an iceberg salad w/ bottled dressing. I think they have Ranch. It's possible that they carry an oil that I could use in a dressing with some of their lemons, and spices from home. I'll need to re-check that. I'm also unsure that there are canned beets on the shelf (doubt it) but if there are, I'd put those onto that salad, with chopped tomatoes and onions.

What would you make? Just off the top of your head?