hello culinary world:
i have little to no time to make an elaborate dinner these days.
this is a sad fact for me because i LOVE to cook and try new things. i hum in the kitchen and feel accomplished when i make something delicious that my family loves.... how 1950's. but it's true and i love it.
having said that, i must reiterate: i just dont have the time that i used to to make nutritious and tasty meals for my family. it seems as if every time i get into my messy, blissful kitchen groove my baby is crying to be nursed or held and my toddler is at my feet, tugging on my apron, demanding to be entertained or wanting to "help me," and so on and so forth. i think a lot of moms can relate. cooking with a new baby and toddler around is tricky sometimes.
so, i have decided that "make-ahead-meals" will be my dinnertime salvation.
how do make ahead meals work? on the days when making dinner seems an impossible task, i will be able to retrieve something fabulous out of the freezer that i had previously prepared and throw it in the oven!
i have a couple of recipes that are sure bets so far:
cheese enchiladas (my sisters make ahead recipe)
lasagna (thanks for the idea angie)
spaghetti sauce for pasta, chicken parm., lasagna...etc. (my sister-in-law's recipe)
chimichangas (my mom used to make a ton when we were little and freeze them)
homemade chicken taquitos
and here's where you come in: do you have any other suggestions for me? maybe even a recipe to go with that suggestion??
i'm going to collect a bunch of ideas, make them, and report back here so all the busy chefs reading this can start making ahead (like on a lazy weekend or an evening when the kids are in bed) and stop the dinner time stress!
because dinner time should be a happy time of day- not a stressed out, sweaty, everybody's crying time of day so let's help each other out!
get those ideas in if you have them and let's get cookin'!
(you can comment here or submit recipes to: stephaniexrobertson(at)gmail(dot)com!!)