My five-year-old granddaughter, who doesn't like anything, polished off a plate of this slow cooker lasagna, and asked for seconds. Her older brothers, and, well... all of us, loved it, too. As the family meal organizer, I loved it more than anyone, because with the sauce made ahead, the assembly job took minutes, and the lasagna sat in the slow cooker for the afternoon while we went out and did other things. I love that there's no chance of it burning in the slow cooker, as there is in the oven. And when the voila moment comes, and you take the top off the cooker to reveal the lasagna, you'll love the ooohs and aaahs, all for the few minutes of actual work you put...
Imagine, instead of a pie on the holiday table, a gigantic bowl of pies. Hand pies, individually sized, just a few bites of goodness and all the same so nobody fights for the largest slices. There would be no extra dishes to wash. And you could make them ahead, even way ahead, and reheat them in the microwave which is fast and easy and really the best way. Imagine that! Apple spice hand pies can be your reality for the holidays; all you need are some discos in the freezer, ready to defrost, and the filling you'd make for a regular apple pie. Readers of this blog know I'm a huge fan of discos, but if you can't get them, don't despair. Discos are small,...
Let your slow cooker make a batch of chipotle beef, and turn that into quick and easy worknight enchiladas with a few ingredients from the pantry. You'll have extra beef to stash in the freezer (and extra yummy chipotle sauce, too).
If you're gluten-free and dairy-free, you don't have to give up pizza! You can enjoy wonderful pizza dough made on the stovetop, in the oven, or on the grill. Top your pizza with sauce, vegetables, or vegan cheese.
Crispy pan-fried tuna croquettes make a perfect appetizer, or a topping for a green salad. Make the patties slightly larger size, and serve them for lunch or a light supper.
Fire up the grill! It's time to serve up some burgers. Beef, turkey, salmon, veggie: here are some of our favorites, from The Perfect Pantry and from many other food bloggers.
What's better than a Greek salad topped with flavorful chicken? A Greek salad rolled up into a tortilla wrap, with chicken, tomato, feta and olives!