What do you do for dinner after church?
We usually come home to eat, but everyone is always starving. If I don’t get some food on the table quick, their bellies aren’t the only things grumbling.
There are lots of options for quick meals after church. Here are a few tips on choosing your menu items.
Slow cooker Meals
Not every slow cooker meal is a candidate for after church dining. Some just take too long too cook. Unless you’re willing to get up at the crack of dawn, you’ll want to avoid recipes that need 8 hours of cooking time. You’re also going to want a dish that takes minimal prep time. Getting out the door for church, especially when you have young kids, is time consuming and patience-trying. Here are a couple of my favorite crockpot meals for Sunday dinner:
Loaded Cheesy Potato Casserole or Hashbrown Casserole can be stirred together the night before. Wrap ham or smoked sausage in foil and place on top of the potatoes in the crockpot. This is a quick way to heat it all together, but avoid having the ham or sausage taste permeate the casserole.
Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole can cook in just 4 hours. It also comes together quickly. And who doesn’t like brunch after church?
If I get up early enough, there’s time to make something like Italian Seasoned Salt Chicken, Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore or even pull together Sweet Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce. Chicken recipes (or beef roast or pork etc) will need longer cooking times, making it necessary to get them started early. The pasta sauce doesn’t need too long to cook, but does take 15 or so minutes to put together. Some Sunday mornings I have that extra time, and sometimes it’s a mad rush.
15 Minute Meals
Pepperoni Pizza Pasta can be made in the time it takes to boil the pasta. Make it even easier on yourself by chopping the veggies the night before.
You can actually prep Honey Lemon Pepper Salmon and have it ready on the pan. After church, pull it from the fridge and place in the oven to bake for 15 minutes. Pair it with baked sweet potatoes that you’ve baked in the slow cooker. Dijon Tarragon Tilapia can be done the same way.
Make it Ahead and Serve Cold
Quinoa, Broccoli and Chicken Salad can be made the day before. Grill the chicken and refrigerate. It’s just as good served cold. Other good candidates for making ahead are Pasta Salad and Chicken Salad.
What’s your favorite recipe to fix for after church?