Casseroles and One Pan Suppers have been a mainstay for busy cooks for many years. Stews have been around since Ancient times. If you ask me, it is because we all want a short cut in the kitchen but we are not willing to sacrifice flavor in the process.
Homemade, delicious and easy to make, these sloppy joes are perfect for busy weeknights or for when you need to get dinner on the table fast. There are only a few ingredients needed that you probably already have in your pantry plus very little prep and cook time.
Chicken can be substituted for the turkey. Cheesy Broccoli, Turkey, and Rice Casserole is a simple way to use holiday leftovers! Creamy and rich this casserole is packed with fresh broccoli, chopped turkey, and brown rice.
This Ham and Broccoli Casserole is filled with ham, broccoli, and rice with a creamy white sauce, topped with a blend of pepper-jack, Colby cheese, and Panko bread crumbs. It’s a great way to use up leftover ham!
Good Casserole recipes are a must have if you intend to cook at home most of the time. We have changed it up a bit by using ground sausage instead of ground beef in this one. It’s also a yummy Italian casserole for a nice change
Easy Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya – a quick, easy, healthier, not-so-spicy version of jambalaya. It has so much flavor, you’re going to love it! No Instant Pot? No problem, I provide easy instructions for making on the stovetop!
My Pork Chop Casserole, like many meat and potato casseroles, has a few main ingredients plus a few seasonings. Options include fresh or canned mushrooms or onions or you could toss in a few pieces of broccoli if you like.
Cooking From Scratch
During this new way of living we are all trying to get used to (shelter in place during Covid 19 Pandemic), it has become necessary to practice cooking from scratch. Thankfully at my age (ahem!), I learned to cook from scratch from the beginning of my cooking life. There is such a thing as a ‘cooking life’, right!?
It was later when all of those ready made mixes hit the market that we liberated ourselves in the kitchen by using these welcome short cuts. So now that we are trying to survive the 2020 health crisis by sheltering in place, it’s back to the basics, cooking from scratch. Mostly using whatever we can get our hands on.
Cooking During Extended Stay At Home
As I write this I have not personally been inside a grocery store in nearly a month. My husband has gone for us, list in hand to quickly find the basics and get out as fast as possible.
We are surviving in our new normal meaning we do not go to the grocery store on a whim for one or two particular ingredients or because a TV commercial made us want to grill something. Instead we are planning ahead.
Use A Meal Plan
Sit down with pen and paper and make a meal plan using what you have on hand. Be creative. You’d be surprised at what we can put together to make a meal if we really need to.
Move some things around on your pantry or cabinet shelves and see what may be hiding back there.
Chicken or beef can be cooked a plethora of different ways in a casserole. There are many ways to make a pan of lasagna using few or lots of ingredients. It all depends on what you have on hand at the time.
Dried peas and beans are important to keep on hand during times of hardship like our shelter in place orders right now. My new goal is to see how long we can make it without going into a grocery store. Those dried peas and beans are going to help us with that. Hoppin John is one of our favorite meals so we are not upset that we are eating it right now!