Food Concepts, Ideas and Flavors, today we are talking about hunger vs appetite.

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Food is an incredible substance. It will nourish, perfect creativity, interview your ideals, and fill your belly.

Hunger is also incredible, it will develop an appreciation, for the simple, for the nutritious, for the here and now.

Appetite is amazing, but it is tricky. It is slick and glossy and choosy. It will blindside you into mindless eating when you should be satisfying your hunger.

Appetite asks, "what do I want?".

Hunger asks, "what do we have?"

Hunger is much easier on a cook, the resources and the entire household.

For the most part, hunger is practiced in our home.

We have a large stock of foods in the dry goods pantry, in the freezer and the refrigerator. From this, we cook, dine and satisfy hunger. When we enter the kitchen to prepare a meal, the question asked is, "So what do we have?" and for this reason, we do not employ a weekly meal plan. Instead, we see what we have, and use what we have, and from there, we enjoy what we eat.

Friday Night Special, hunger vs appetite.

We had made the above vegetable casserole for one of our dinners that week, it was enjoyed, and then after dinner prepared for storage in the refrigerator. We did not serve it as leftovers the next day, and there is a good reason. Each dinner should be different than the one before, this prevents boredom with eating at home, plus encourages creativity. 

I prefer to skip a day and have a little taste break. When you return to the food waiting in the refrigerator, it is appreciated more since you did not see it or taste it last you will find that as the week rolls on, and you have gotten most everything crossed off your to-do list, you grow a bit weary.

And so, by the time Friday rolls around, any easy yet delicious dinner is, in fact, the preferred choice for the evening's meal. This is where the concept of Add a fried egg and some toast comes into play. This arrangement has on more than one occasion been our Friday Night Special.

No matter what you have in the fridge, a fried egg and some toast will always round it out, into a meal. This gratin proved the point and made for a delicious and lovely dinner. And I know, we will do this again, because we have done this in the is what takes place.

Put An Egg On It, Friday Night Special.
Friday Night Special, leftovers with an egg on top!

Friday Night Special
by the seat of my pants!

Leftovers like Vegetable Gratin, or this Vegetable Cobbler or other casserole/vegetables on hand in the fridge or pantry
Whole Grain Bread
Salt & Pepper
Jam and Mustard, if desired

Warm the Gratin setting it aside.

Slice whole grain bread, begin toasting.

While bread is toasting, fry an egg (or 2) for each person.

Butter the toast.

Top the Gratin with a fried egg, place buttered toast on each plate.

Serve this forth, offering jam for the toast and possibly a bit of mustard for the eggs. 

It really is delicious. Healthy, creative and it satisfies one's hunger.


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  1. Great idea to combine a leftover dish with eggs and toast!

    I agree that the difference between appetite and hunger is significant. I recently read a book that described the difference and said that we should be eating only when we literally have hunger pangs. That's hard to do when sharing meals with a family, though, but I'm trying. In any case, the book made me realize how often I eat because of stress or boredom, rather than hunger.

    I do use a weekly menu plan, because I don't have ingredients on hand for complete meals (without thawing something, at least). And because I'd be fretting over what to make every day if I didn't have a plan!

    1. I agree about eating when hunger is felt. I now try to go to bed hungry so I have a fast to aid in digestion. And the reason Breakfast is call break fast.

  2. This meal would be perfectly satisfying and delicious to me.

  3. Quick and easy always a winner with me!

    1. I too love quick and easy, especially after a busy week. Thanks for dropping by!

  4. Yummm. So funny that you mention meal planning. I've been on my own (or married) since the early 70s and it wasn't until this past fall that I started meal planning. I was always happy, never stressed.

    But since I decided to try planning, I've found that I've saved money (usually) and that I'm trying a TON of new recipes. So much fun. We'll see if I stick with it once the farmers' markets open.

    1. We have been house sharing since June when we moved to MT, and we now meal plan for dinner, our shared meal of the day. Ironically meal planning is new for me as well! But for so many years, budgeting rural location combined with lack of purchasing options taught me creativity if nothing else! And I have to say that creative streak came in handy when we stated our CSA share this winter because one never knew what was in the box...

  5. We sit down nearly every Sunday morning and decide our meals for the week and then do the food shopping. We don't always stick to the plan but it does lessen our likelihood of just grabbing takeaway on the way home.

  6. This is a great post! Hope you are having a really good week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen


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