A Working Mom's Meal Plan
The hardest part of my day is when we get home and everyone is immediately hungry. I love to cook and prefer
home-cooked meals, but I don't like to cook much during the work week. And yet, dinner has to get on the table...
My solution: make-ahead meals, freeze-ahead meals and recipes so easy that I'll make them on a Monday. I cook
mostly on the weekends, always doubling recipes, and rely heavily on my extra freezer and a decently-stocked pantry.
This cooking style saves me time and money, and it makes my life simpler—so I can actually enjoy sitting down
to supper at 6 with my family. I hope these recipes will make the witching hour a little better at your house too.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
fresh pizza dough, leave it out for a bit before starting
1 cup salsa
one pound of ground chicken, beef or turkey
1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups shredded monterey jack or cheddar cheese
1/4 cup chopped scallions
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cook the ground meat with the taco seasoning, then mix in the beans.
Press the pizza dough into a lightly oiled pan with your fingers. Spoon salsa evenly over dough, then sprinkle with the cheese. Scatter the meat/bean mixture over the top (you probably will not need it all—use the leftovers to make tortilla pizzas or quesadillas another night). Bake for 14-16 minutes or until bubbly, then top the cooked pizza with scallions and cilantro.
*Omit the chicken/beef/turkey and add extra beans plus diced mixed peppers or roasted corn to make this a great Meatless Monday meal.