That said, I have not cooked much (Mr. K can attest to this) and we have been surviving on [gasp] leftovers, mainly in the form of casseroles.
Now I hail from Iowa. Thus, I was born and raised on casseroles.
There is nothing wrong with them. Don't be a hater.
Whoever invented this brilliant idea was a genius. One pot meals are a Godsend. Yes. They. Are. Especially for the working Mama. Like myself. I recently scored a long-term subbing gig and have since been spending the majority of my days in a junior high classroom.
Pray for me.
It has been good but I can honestly say you couldn't PAY me to go back to my pre-pubescent, hormonal, everything-is-drama days. Oh Lord, why was middle-school created?
If someone could please inform me that would be fabulous. Please and thankyouverymuch.
But I digress.
Casseroles. And one-dish meals.
Lately I have been making the rounds with a few of my favorites. Dishes that freeze well and taste justasgood, if not better, the second time around.
What are these?
Well let me share.
1) Lasagna. One of the most popular "casseroles" around. I am of the Italian-turkey-sausage-is-the-only-way-to-go camp but you can use whatever ground meat you like. Or veggies. Or whatever.
2) Chicken Corn Chowder. Freezes beautifully, is mildly spicy and intensely flavorful. It's one of Mr. K's favs. Pair it with some good crusty bread and you have the perfect autumn meal.
3) Pulled pork. This stuff is incredibly versatile. If you make up a few pounds, you can use it for sandwiches, stews, quesadillas, on a BBQ pizza, the list is endless. It's definitely a go-to. Pair it with Rudy's BBQ Sauce and you have yourself a carnivorous feast.
4) Homemade pizza. I pre-freeze the dough in portion-size balls and take it out, letting it rise throughout the day while I'm gone. When I come home all I have to do is punch it down, roll it out, dress it up, and bake it!
The link will guide you to a friend's webpage- who featured my recipe a while back.
5) Meatloaf. This is SUCH a comfort food in our family. I like to pair it with some fresh, roasted brussels sprouts and some sort of potato (usually baked sweet potatoes or rosemary roasted fingerlings). My son loves it. Loves it, I tell you. And Mr. K has come around- he now asks for seconds. This is a big leap from previous years. He's a work-in-progress.
So yes. Those are my must-haves lately. Or rather, my quick-fixes.
What meals do you go-to when life gets crazy? And please don't tell me "takeout". Boo! I want to know what homemade meals you make in a flash.
PS- I apologize for my lack-of-postage after the London trip. Unfortunately I was not able to hit up The Cheshire Cheese. I was quite depressed about it. I may-or-may-not have cried. Maybe. But I did visit many yummy a la carte eateries! I may feature one in particular in the near future :)