The other day I shared my secret about not loving to do the dishes. So meals that require minimal pots and pans and bowls are right up my alley.
My husband and I usually sit down on Sunday afternoon and do a rough meal plan for the week. It makes it easier for me because it cuts down on multiple trips to the grocery store. It also keeps us from saying “so… what do you want for dinner?” 15 minutes before dinnertime.
While discussing this past week’s meals I suggested maybe we do stuffed shells. My husband reported that he didn’t recall ever having them. That response sealed the deal for me, and I decided that stuffed shells would definitely be on the menu.
Nearly everything my Gram cooked was homestyle and from scratch. I know that a big part of that was growing up in a time where convenience foods weren’t readily available, but I also think she just enjoyed making her family something special.
My Mom did a lot of from-scratch cooking, too, but she also used a few shortcuts and cooking hacks on occasion. They let her speed the cooking process up on busy nights, without sacrificing the taste or flavor of the food.