Church for us has now changed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. I was so excited that now I will have time to prepare a nice dinner for after church, which in turn reminded me that REALLY I should be preparing what I can on Saturday. This has been an occasional goal of mine (to prepare most of the dinner on Saturday). So I guess now I am going to work on it a bit. Here are my Sunday dinner, prepare ahead suggestions:
Chicken and rice casserole
Porcupine meatballs and baked potatoes
Meatloaf and baked potatoes or au gratin potatoes
BBQ pork ribs and baked potatoes
Cheesy Ham and Potato casserole
Chicken and stuffing casserole
Italian chicken in the crockpot served over fettuccini noodles
Roast beef, pork, or chicken and potatoes and carrots (However, we LOVE mashed potatoes and gravy around here--but the peeling and mashing and gravying take way more work, which we often do anyway).
I love to have a nice dinner after church, but sometimes we end up with grilled cheese or hamburger helper, because, who can cook fabulous Sunday dinners all the time? All of these meals can be prepared ahead of time, refrigerated, and then put in the crock pot or oven on delay bake on Sunday so they are piping hot and ready when we get home. Who doesn't LOVE to come home to those delicious smells after a three-hour block of church?
Did you know that my new black flat top oven has a Sabbath Mode? Really, that is for orthodox Jews who want to override the oven's automatic 6- or 12-hour shutoff features, so that they can have warm food on the sabbath or other holidays without going against their religious standards.
Anyhoo, with our meals, we ALWAYS have a jello with fruit in it(which can be made ahead) or a fruit salad made from canned fruit cocktail and such mixed with bananas, grapes, or apples if we have them, just plain or mixed with marshmallows and cool whip. We always add a simple microwaved veggie like beans, corn, or peas, and we always have some kind of bread. I LOVE Rhode's rolls for their ease, but sometimes I get into a kick of making homemade rolls or bread for Sunday dinner, which, again, really can be made the day before. I'm on a Rhode's rolls kick right now.
Okay, so that is all about one of my "new" old goals for the year. Sometimes it happens on Saturday, sometimes on Sunday. But wow! Today, all I had to do was plug in the crockpot, stick the potatoes in the oven, and set out the frozen Rhode's rolls. The kids even commented that there were less dishes to do--so less work for them, too!
Then we made chocolate chip cookies because we were all craving them since they were replaced in December with every other treat imaginable for the holidays. MMMM.