After a number of months of having 10-50 teenagers invade our house every Friday evening, I’m racking up a repertoire of food options. But I need more. While I am a creature of habit, I also crave creativity. (Nice alliteration, huh?) I also crave speed and ease.
Here are the meals that we’ve served so far, with comments:
Nachos – my personal favorite for ease and enjoyment. I stick my nose up at canned nacho cheese, but…use it anyways.
Cinnamon Rolls – I was inspired by the wife of a visiting youth pastor who has baked like 400 cinnamon buns every Friday for 20 years. It was fun, but not that fun.
Minestrone Soup – I get the most out-of-context compliments from this one. “Yeah, Mom, can you get the recipe from Leilani?”
Taco Soup and cornbread – my new favorite soup
Grandma’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Ice cream (that’s considered at meal when you’re 14)
Great-Grandma’s Berry Dumplings with ice cream – nobody had ever had berry dumplings before, but I noticed that they licked the pot clean
Pizza – that was the night we scorched three pots of beans.
Baked Potato Bar – Too much scrubbing for my fragile arms. But I may try it again on a day when Devo is home to do the scrubbing.
Macaroni and Cheese – homemade
Spaghetti – my least favorite. I have a thing against pre-sauced spaghetti. I like to have my noodles and my sauce separately so that I can monitor the sauce-to-noodle ratio. You can just call me Sally. I’ll have what she’s having.
Cornbread – this was another surprise favorite with the kids. Just cornbread, butter, and honey. And now that I’ve found Marie Calender’s ‘just add water’ mix in bulk, I’m as happy as a honeybee.
Meals for the future:
Baked ziti – I have no problem with ziti pre-mixed with sauce, just spaghettti.
Lasagne – using my mom’s excellent mostly-tofu recipe
Mom’s enchilada casserole – could I have that recipe, please?
So now that you know what ideas I have, can anybody give me some more? Maybe breakfast foods? Variations on a theme? The only criteria are that there is no broiling involved and everything can be pre-made (no standing over a stove while people are here). Oh, and that it’s vegetarian.
I found this great site with large-sized main dish recipes. Just in case one of you needs to cook for a bunch of hungry teenagers.