Today I had leftover pizza dough that I pulled out of the freezer and did a couple quick pizzas for the boys and I. I wish I always had dough in the freezer! I really should make pizza dough more often.
I am bad about making suppers and love seeing ideas! Often if I am lazy about lunch and supper I'll just do a can of soup with some toast or grilled cheese sandwiches, or a package of Sidekicks noodles with fresh veggies and dip. I don't recommend this, of course All your made-from-scratch recipes sound much better than my processed junk!
Tomorrow I am thinking of doing some grilled chicken and scalloped potatoes. Don't get all excited - I'm not making my own potatoes - I'm using Betty Crocker scalloped potatoes in a box. HAHA, don't hate me for my love of processed foods!!!!
I am with Patience, if it's a quick meal like that I am thinking Pizza Hut. But if I really just don't feel like the work of cooking, I make a roast in the crockpot or Mac and Cheese.
Pasta and tacos are my quick meals. We do homemade pizza a lot. And I keep frozen pizzas on hand always because our nights get chaotic with dance and swim and other stuff. I just got a new crock pot after not having one for several years so I'm trying to get back in that habit.
Ashley, my baked ziti is simple! Here's the easy way:
Cook noodles until al dente (I use the penne a lot bc I can't always find ziti), while noodles cook brown 1/2 lb of lean ground beef with a little garlic salt. Drain fat if any, usually the lean doesn't have much. Add a jar of spaghetti sauce to meat, some italian seasoning and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Drain noodles, in a 9x13 casserole dish add enough meat sauce to coat the bottom. Pour half the noodles in the baking dish, add half the meat sauce to the noodles. Sprinkle with parm cheese and shredded mozzarella (I usually buy mine in a block so I shred my own but you can get pre-shredded), repeat layers once more. Bake at 350 for 25-30 mins or until bubbly. You can always make your own sauce, by doing a can or two of tomato sauce, a can of italian diced tomatoes and some italian seasoning and simmering with the meat.
Oh, and I feel the two key "items" that are necessary to making quick, easy meals are a crockpot, and a bread machine. I use my bread machine to add a loaf of bread to a big pot of soup or casserole (and many times I use my crockpot for the soup or casserole). I also use my bread machine to make pizza dough. That is what I use to make my own homemade cheesy bread, and also pizza of course.
I usually make a soup or a stir fry with leftover stuff from the fridge. I really prefer 'fresh' ingredients to processed. ('fresh' may be a tired carrot or two, or a green pepper that is less crunchy) I use frozen swedish meatballs and chicken broth in my soups sometimes. The kids seem to enjoy that. Add leftover rice or noodles or garbanzo beans to it. Or add frozen spinach. At the table you can always add goldfish crackers to soup and they like it too. I like adding a bit of lemon juice to it as well for variety.
Leo (3 1/2) with Malcolm the cat
Tonight I made this SUPER easy beef dip recipe...it was good, I even ate some (and didn't feel sick)!
Six Sisters' Stuff: Slow Cooker Easy French Dip Sandwiches