Weekends around my house are a little harried. Our church holds Saturday evening and Sunday morning worship services which means my family stays busy most of the weekend. When we get back home, we’re tired. And hungry. The last thing I want to do is spend hours in the kitchen cooking and cleaning.
(Ok, let’s face it. I never want to spend hours in the kitchen cooking and cleaning.)
That’s why I have a few go-to meals that fill my family up and require minimal effort from me. And since you have most likely experienced the same problem, I thought I would share a few with you.
Pulled Pork (it doesn’t get easier than this)
1 3-4 pound Boston Butt (pork shoulder roast)
NOTHING ELSE!! Easy, huh?
Place the meat in a crock pot and cook on low all night and all day or on high for 8-9 hours. The meat will literally fall off the bone and shred easily. Add salt and your favorite bbq sauce after you shred the meat. Great for sandwiches or a “pig in the potato patch” (a loaded baked potato topped with a generous helping of the bbq meat). *Freezes well! Package in single serving sizes for a quick meal later in the month!
Black Beans and Rice (a 30 minute or less delight)
1 cup chopped onion
1 chopped green bell pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cans chicken broth
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can black beans, undrained
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1 tsp cumin
¾ tsp dried crushed pepper
Salt to taste
Toppings: shredded cheese, cilantro, and salsa
Sauté onion, bell pepper, and garlic in olive oil until tender. Add all other ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring often. Serve over rice and garnish with toppings. Also great for black bean nachos or burritos. (I often make this in advance and simply warm it up after church.)
Need to feed a crowd? Then take note of this one:
1 pound lean ground beef
1 large onion diced
1 can kidney beans, undrained
1 can fat free refried beans
1 can chili beans (or pinto)
1 can whole corn, undrained
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups water
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 packet taco seasoning
1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix (not buttermilk)
Brown the beef and onions together. Drain the fat. Place beef/onions and all other ingredients into a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve with Tortilla chips, shredded cheddar, and sour cream. Enjoy!Freezes well!
Do you have some time-saving recipes that your family loves? Share!