- SLOW COOKER MEALS - This is my favorite method! Because of have a monthly menu already prepared, I know I have all of ingredients I need already on hand for the meal. See Blog Beginnings: Menu Planning to learn more about creating a menu and shopping list. I do all of the prep work the night before we need the meal. All ingredients go into the removable pot and are refrigerated. In the morning, place the pot into the slow cooker base, and turn it on! A hot meal is ready when you walk in the door from work/school, and you can quickly eat, then head to the ballpark. If there is no time to eat the meal before the games, pack healthy snacks to take to the ball park. Put the slow cooker on "Keep Warm" and return home to a yummy meal.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Broccoli and Cheese Soup
Pork Chops and Gravy
Roast and Veggies
- 30-MINUTE MEALS - The following meal ideas can be prepared from start to finish in 30 minutes or less. These work well when you have a late evening game. There's plenty of time to get in from work, prepare the meal, and eat before heading to a 6:30 or 7:00 game.
Quick and Easy Spaghetti
Quick and Easy Pizza Puffs
Red Beans and Rice
Sloppy Roast Beef Po-Boys
Quick and Easy Chili
Beef Enchilada Casserole
Baked Ziti Pasta
- DELI ROTISSERIE CHICKEN - One shortcut to a quick meal is to buy pre-cooked meat. The cheapest and yummiest way to do this is to buy a deli rotisserie chicken. They can be found in most grocery store deli's and are relatively inexpensive (usually $5-6). Almost any recipe that requires boiled, sauteed, or baked chicken can be adapted using this pre-cooked chicken.
Adapt these recipes using pre-cooked chicken:
Spinach Fiesta Casserole
Baked Chicken Spaghetti
**I will post more ideas soon. ANY recipe that calls for chicken can be shortened this way.
- FREEZER MEALS: Many of the above recipes can be prepared in advance in bulk portions, then frozen in disposable aluminum pans (before baking). Take a pan out of the freezer the night before you need the meal. Put it in the refrigerator to thaw over night. That evening, bake the casserole/dish at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Spinach fiesta casserole, baked chicken spaghetti, baked ziti pasta, and chili are a few that I have tried as frozen meals. Most casseroles and soups can be frozen. At one point, I was spending the first weekend of the month cooking and freezing meals. Use this method in combination with the others to create variety in your menu.
(For more "baseball mom" tips, visit my post on The Ultimate Baseball Mom's Survival Bag .)