The summer is coming to an end. School starts again this week so make-ahead meals are once again very important. They help to keep me sane during the busy week. It’s so nice to be able to just pop supper in the oven when I get home or quickly make something on the stove in under 15 minutes. J starts soccer practice this week so he needs to be fed and out the door by 5:30. That gives me exactly one hour to make the food and get him to eat it.
You are going to notice that a lot of my meals this week include tomatoes in one form or another. I was lucky enough to get three huge baskets of tomatoes from my sister-in-law’s garden. You can read about the five sauces I made from the tomatoes in this post. Of course, if you don’t have that many tomatoes, you can just use store bought sauces in all of the recipes.
Monday is the first day of school. I asked J what he wanted for supper to celebrate starting first grade. He said grilled cheese. Luckily, I made tomato soup, which will go perfectly with the grilled cheese. Monday is also a soccer practice night, so I can quickly make the grilled cheese and heat the soup to get him out the door by 5:30.
Tuesday night is Meet the Teacher Night at my school. That means I get home at 4:30, and I need to leave again by 5:30. Again, I need a fast meal. I picked up some salmon at the grocery store. The farmer’s market had some beautiful summer squash and zucchini, and I had a few tomatoes left. The recipe for Salmon and Summer Veggies in Foil from Jaclyn at Cooking Classy used all of these ingredients. I love cooking in foil packets. They are easy to assemble, and clean-up is a breeze.
I used some of the tomatoes to make my favorite pizza sauce. I used it to make one of my family’s favorites – One-Pot Pizza Pasta from Amanda at Fake Ginger. Usually I just use store bought sauce for this recipe, but I think it will be even better with the homemade sauce. I also substituted turkey pepperoni for the regular pepperoni and omitted the rest of the meat. This will be the perfect supper to throw in the oven before soccer practice. If I’m running late, I can just microwave it since everything is already cooked.
I used a large number of the tomatoes to make enchilada sauce and salsa just for this recipe. My kids love the Best Chicken Enchiladas Ever from Ali at Gimme Some Oven. They are so cheesy and delicious. It’s also fun to top them with salsa, sour cream, and guacamole. I wish it were May because this would be a perfect Cinco de Mayo meal. Unfortunately, I don’t think the enchilada sauce or salsa will last that long.
This week our Friday pizza night is going to be English Muffin Pizzas. English muffins were “Buy One, Get Two Free” at the grocery store last weekend. I love that deal! I keep one out and freeze the rest for later. I also love making mini pizzas because everyone can have the toppings of their choice. I have extra mini pepperoni from our pizza pasta so J will want those. Tony likes tomatoes on his pizza. Luckily, we don’t have a shortage of tomatoes right now! Miss M and I prefer just cheese. After a long first week at school, it will be nice to make this quick supper and relax.
Chantal’s New York Cheesecake from All Recipes was my choice for dessert this week. Cheesecake is Tony’s favorite dessert so I decided to make it as a special treat for the first week of school. It was really quick and easy to make. I may have eaten a small piece after taking the picture. It was so good – thick and creamy with a delicious graham cracker crust. I know this is going to become a favorite, and I will be making it often.
Going to work this week will be a lot easier because I know I have dinner ready to go. After popping the food in the oven, I can ask J about his day in first grade and spend time with Miss M. We will all be able to get to our after school events on time. I’m looking forward to a great first week!
What do you do to get ready for the new school year?