With both my older kids playing soccer this fall, we have evening commitments four nights a week. Bubba's unpredictable schedule means that I am often running to practice when I would normally be fixing dinner. The drive thru is sometimes enticing, but I've been experimenting with slow cooker and make ahead meals to keep such tempting thoughts at bay!
Here are a few successful experiments:
Dump a couple of chicken breasts and a jar of salsa in the crock pot and cook it all day. Just before leaving for soccer, fix some rice in your rice cooker. When you get home, shred the chicken. Eat the chicken on top of the rice or scoop it up with tortilla chips.
Onion Soup Mix Chicken
Cut some chicken breasts into strips. Then, cover them with pats of butter. Pour dry onion soup mix on top. This will slow bake to perfection during an hour long practice.
Roll up some cooked, seasoned meat, peppers, and onions in soft tortillas and pour some sauce and cheese on top. Bake to heat them up and cook the veggies. They are super easy to make ahead.
I can roll out dough and pour on the toppings in the morning. I put the pizzas in the fridge during the day. They only need to bake about 10 minutes when we get home.
French Toast and Smoothies
Since I bake all of our bread, it gets stale fairly quickly. Usually we use it before it's yucky, but if it starts to get questionable, I make french toast with it. I add smoothies for some color and vitamins.
Can you give me any other ideas to help me feed my family through the rest of this hectic season?