Written by Doris Donnerman (last updated May 23, 2022)
When I was growing up, there were several nights when my mom didn't want to cook. Sometimes as a mom or dad, dinner is just too much after a long day at work or dealing with tantrums: that's when you deem it "dumb dinner night." Some weeks were full of dumb dinner nights more than others, but regardless of how often we had them, dumb dinner nights saved us sometimes. While it sounds—well, dumb—dumb dinner nights give you a great chance to kick back a bit and spend some laid back quality time with your family.
You should have several dumb dinner night ideas in your dumb dinner arsenal, some of which can even be healthy! One of things my family does for dumb dinner night is make quesadillas and corn on the cob. It's tasty and easy for a laid back evening.
When you make quesadillas, don't just put some cheese on a flour tortilla and throw it in the microwave. Take time to make excellent quesadillas that are fried to perfection. Here is what you have to do. Start off by thoroughly coating a frying pan with Pam, and it might not even hurt to pour a dollop of vegetable oil on the bottom of the pan. Let the frying pan heat up for a few minutes, and while the pan is heating up, start putting together your quesadillas.
Grate some cheese and put some on top of one tortilla. Once the pan is heated up, put the cheese-covered tortilla into the pan. Let the tortilla fry for a minute or two, and once the bottom tortilla is fried to your preference, put another tortilla on top and flip the entire quesadilla so the other tortilla can fry. Once the quesadilla is adequately fried on both sides, then you can take it out of the pan and cut it into quarters. Do this for every quesadilla you make. If you don't want to use Pam or vegetable oil, you can try frying the tortillas by spreading butter on them and having that cook the tortilla in the frying pan.
Now you need to move on to make the corn on the cob. The best way to do this for dumb dinner night is to find corn on sale on the grocery store. Take out the ears of corn and heat up the oven to 350 degrees. Then put the ears of corn in the oven and bake them until the husks themselves are brown on the edges and crispy. Once the ears of corn are finished baking, take them out and take the husks off. You'll want to wear rubber gloves when you're husking the corn, because otherwise, you will burn your hands on the corn. Once the husks are off, you will want to roll the corn in butter and salt it.
Now you dumb dinner is ready to eat! Take the quesadillas and the corn and enjoy! This meal is also pretty good with some watermelon, if you happen to have any on hand.
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