Timing Dinner Just Right

There are meals that just seem to magically come together. Every dish is ready at the same time and nothing grows cold and needs to be reheated. These perfectly timed meals tend to be crock pot meals or simply meals with just a few ingredients.

Tonight’s meal just was not one of those. While the fare was pretty simple, there were many different items going all at once. I was cooking:

  • Spaghetti noodles
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Turkey meatballs
  • Garlic bread
  • Chicken Alfredo pasta (from a bag)
  • Cut up veggies
  • Cut up fruit

While it should have been a pretty simple meal, I still wound up having to keep everything warm while I waited on the garlic bread to finish cooking. I am notoriously impatient with ovens. You know that fine print on the box of anything frozen that says best results if oven is completely preheated? I always ignore it. I know I should wait for the oven to preheat, but it takes forever and I always grow impatient and put the food in the oven early.

This means that the food has to cook longer than the box says, so while I’ve timed everything to be finished in 20 minutes, it actually isn’t finished for 35 minutes. On top of that the box is almost always wrong and things take longer to cook than the box says.

I think in the future, I’ll just cook one pot meals. That should solve all my problems. Do you think my family will mind if I rotate pot roast, crock pot chicken and chili every three days?

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Crabby Housewife

Crabby Housewife

Lori is a full-time housewife and writer, living in the Midwest with her husband of 27 years – they have two daughters. They have a house full of pets and her house is never quite perfect.