On the days when I'm really in the mood to cook, I love to put some meals "in the bank" -- in other words, into the freezer, for the days when I'm really not in the mood to cook. These chicken enchilada roll-ups start with one of those "in the bank" dishes, quick and easy black beans and rice, and end as an all-in-one meal you can defrost, zap in the microwave, and serve any day of the week with just a few minutes of work. At this busy time of year, it's great to have a few easy meals on hand at the end of a long day of shopping, wrapping, cookie baking or tree trimming. If you've spent a lot of time sitting...
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...
Arroz con pollo (rice with chicken), done the easy way for weeknight dinner. You can make this ahead and freeze it, too.
Native Americans believe in the power of the Three Sisters: beans, corn and squash. This recipe brings them all together in a soup that you can make ahead and freeze, for days when you need some extra magic in your life.
Quick and easy turkey chili calls for lots of green chile peppers, and no beans at all! Make this in under 30 minutes for a worknight treat.
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).
Get ready for Fall, and for drop-in visitors. Bake this sour cream coffee cake and freeze it! When you have unexpected guests, pull out the cake, defrost, and top with whipped cream.