Main Dishes

Corn and Noodle Soup

Corn and Noodle Soup

Serves: 4

Time: 10 mins veggie chopping + 20 mins cooking time

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Well

This soup is basically a spin on the classic of chicken noodle soup, but with corn as a key flavoring agent. Mine, you’ll notice, has no chicken, although it certainly could and sometimes does. On the day I made this soup I didn’t happen to have any chicken frozen so there was none added. It’s not vegetarian though because the base stock is chicken. The good news about the lack of meat is that it’s not a long simmering soup. There is nothing to tenderize but the vegetables and those don’t take long at all so it can definitely be a fast weeknight meal.

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Old School Eggplant Parmesan

Old School Eggplant Parmesan

Serves: 4

Time: 15 mins prep + 30 mins cooking

Reheats: Needs extra sauce

Kid Friendly Tasks: Adding Cheese

I love eggplant parmesan. Who doesn’t? It’s meaty without meat, cheesy without a busload of ricotta and, done right, rich without being a brick in your stomach. Plus, it doesn’t require me to remember to defrost, or have bought meat of any kind.

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Spinach and Cheese Crepes

Spinach and Cheese Crepes

Serves: 4

Time: 20 mins

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Adding Ingredients

Crepes are a great go-to dish to master because they are so flexible. You make them very much as you would a pancake, but you can put anything in them. The savory version can have spinach and cheese, ham and cheese, chicken and mushroom, you name it. It’s a great way to turn odds and ends into something tasty…

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Simple Homemade Mac and Cheese

Weeknight Macaroni & Cheese

Serves: 4

Time: 20 mins

Reheats: Well

Kid Friendly Tasks: Adding Cheese

I make two versions of mac and cheese (neither of which come from a blue box, although my daughter swears that’s her favorite, sigh). One version is a true baked mac and cheese with a buttered breadcrumb topping. It’s very good, but it’s an hour in the oven alone and most night there simply isn’t time for that. So instead I fall back on my old favorite stove top version…

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