Whenever we try to prepare a full meal, it often requires some planning ahead. We would like to have all parts of the meal to be ready as close together as we can, but as much as we try, it doesn’t always work out that way. While some of the dishes are on the table, there may be one dish that’s still baking or simmering, which in turn, holds up the entire meal. Yet, after a full day of work and other activities, the family is ready to eat!
Here’s a menu that I found to be an answer to that problem, in that everything bakes at the same temperature and time. All you do is assemble the dishes, set them aside as they’re completed, then place everything in the oven. In 1-1/2 hours, your meal is ready to be enjoyed! Add a meat for the main course, along with a hot bread and a beverage, and your meal is complete.
During the baking time, you could prepare the meat that will be your main course. Or to make this a very easy meal, I would suggest a meat that could go in a slow cooker, which could be started early in the morning. Then later in the day, the following dishes are prepared for the oven. One note about the potato dish: I would suggest assembling it first and begin baking right away, then assemble the rest of the menu, then bake the dishes along with the potatoes. Because potatoes usually take longer to test done, the running start would insure that they would be done when the other dishes are done, too. Then for those 90 minutes, you could do some housework, help the children with their homework, or just put your feet up and relax with a good book. Just as the dishes come out of the oven, set the table and dinner is served!
- 1 C. Regular-Cooking Raw Rice
- 2 Cans Beef Bouillion
- 1 Medium Onion, diced
- 1 Stick Butter, melted (I only use half this amount)
Mix together and place in a shallow 1-1/2 qt. baking dish. Bake at 325 Degrees for 1-1/2 hours, stirring once or twice while baking.
- 2 Pkg. Frozen Chopped Broccoli, prepared according to package directions and drained thoroughly
- 1 C. Mayonnaise
- 1/2 C. Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- 1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
- 3 Tbs. Instant Minced Onion
- Crushed Ritz Crackers and Pats of Butter for topping
Mix the mayonnaise, cheese, soup, and minced onion well in a large bowl; combine with the broccoli and mix well; turn into a shallow 1-1/2 qt. baking dish; top with the crushed crackers and pats of butter; bake at 325 degrees for 1-1/2 hrs.
BAKED RANCH POTATOES
- White Potatoes, sliced 1/2 to 1/3 inch thick (May be peeled or not, according to preference)
- Pats of Butter
- Salt & Pepper
- 1 envelope Ranch Salad Dressing Mix
Layer potatoes with pats of butter, salt and pepper to taste, along with a sprinkle of dry ranch dressing according to personal taste in a greased shallow 1-1/2 qt. baking dish until dish is full; cover and bake at 325 Degrees 1-1/2 to 2 hrs.
APPLE (OR CHERRY) CRUNCH
- 3 C. Raw Diced Apples or 2 Cans Red Sour Pitted Cherries
- Pats of Butter
- 1/2 Pkg. Pie Crust Mix
- 1/2 Box Light Brown Sugar (about 1 Cup plus 2 tablespoons)
- 2 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon (omit if using cherries)
Place fruit in a shallow greased 1-1/2 qt. baking dish; mix the remaining ingredients and sprinkle over the top of the fruit; bake at 325 degrees for 1-1/2 hrs. Serve plain, with ice cream or whipped cream.