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.
Browse this collection of 29 popular recipes from a few of my food blogging friends. You will find casseroles, sheet pan meals, stews and even a super duper popular recipe for made from scratch Sloppy Joes.
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Cooking From Scratch
During this new way of living we are all trying to get used to, 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. We never thought we would see this kind of life for all of us, did we!
Shelter In Place Life
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.
Create 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.
Use What You Have
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.
Get in touch with your inner Julia Child’s. Create your own casserole recipes! Then share them with us on our Facebook page! We need new ideas also!
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!