One pot, no leftovers, and all dishes in the dishwasher is like winning the dinner Olympics, Super Bowl, and World Cup all in one.
While putting together dinner today, I remembered a conversation between friends yesterday at lunch. We are all married with toddlers, so of course, the topic of food touching other food comes up. Why wouldn’t it?
Toddlers are notorious for being picky eaters, even getting grossed out if food touches other food. Some husbands apparently have the same problem. One mom shared that even if she cooks a one-pot meal, like a roast with vegetables, she will separate the meat from the veggies on his plate before serving it. Whatever keeps you happily married, right?
Still, the one-pot meal is the holy grail of most moms. I shoot for the one-pot meal that has no leftovers. One pot, no leftovers, and all dishes in the dishwasher is like winning the dinner Olympics, Super Bowl, and World Cup all in one. Hooyah!
Here are my tips for staying organized during meal time, shooting for the trifecta:
• If at all possible, skip the step that says “mix in a separate bowl”. Just mix in the dish you are baking in, and see how it goes. One less dish to clean.
• The classic glass 9×12 casserole dish is a standard for me. It goes from pantry to oven to fridge to dishwasher, and stacks nicely with other casserole dishes on the shelves.
• Cream of mushroom soup is the glue that holds many, many single-dish meals together. I owe a lot to Campbell’s culinary marvel. Yes, the grown up versions of chicken and wine, roast and sauces, pork and beer are great, but you’ll never catch me without two cans of the secret sauce in my well-organized pantry.
• Crock-pots. I own 2 of them, and use them at least twice a week. Scientific research has shown that working women who use their slow-cookers are happier than those who don’t. Well, if that last one hasn’t been formally studied, it should be.
Here’s what my family had for dinner tonight. Try it and let me know what you think.
Darla’s Very Organized One-Dish Chicken Casserole
Mix together in an 8×11 or 2Qt baking dish:
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can 12.5 oz can of chicken
4 oz cream cheese, softened
dash fresh ground pepper
1/2 tsp dried basil
When well mixed, add in:
1/4 cup chopped onion
8 oz bag of frozen broccoli, cauliflower, carrots
8 oz bag of frozen broccoli florets
In a small bowl, mix together :
2 tsp Italian style bread crumbs
2 tsp grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp dried basil
Sprinkle over the casserole. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. Consume completely.
Get Organized wishes to thank Darla DeMorrow for contributing this post. Darla DeMorrow is an award winning Certified Professional Organizer®, Color With No Regrets consultant, decorator, author, speaker, and owner of HeartWork Organizing. She helps her clients to reclaim control and add beauty in their lives, their homes, and their workplaces. Request your free 31 Simple Tips for Organizing Space, Time and Paper & Information at www.HeartWorkOrg.com. Her book for new moms, ”The Pregnant Entrepreneur”, is available in hardcopy and e-book.
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