Have you ever had one of those crazy busy dinner at 9pm kind of
days weeks months? Yeah. That’s me. Right now. I’m just a little overwhelmed. Luckily there are a few dinner hacks out there to help me get things done. I can even jazz them up a little so that I can feel like I did more than just throw something in the oven… (Even if just throwing it in the oven comprises most of what I’ve done…) That, my friends, is a Stouffer’s Five Cheese Lasagna. Where’s the aluminum dish, you ask? Why, I just placed the lasagna in one of my own bakers. You know, for that extra little something something. I also added a touch of my favorite sauce to the top, added some red pepper and garlic and topped with a whole bunch of extra cheese. Total prep time for a lasagna that I could almost pass off as something I made from scractch? About two minutes. Bonus tip: place your frozen lasagna in the fridge a day ahead of time to cut down on baking time. Not feeling lasagna? Stouffer’s has a huge variety of dinner entrees available in large family sizes. There’s enough to feed everyone and have leftovers. Maybe. Your kids might want seconds.
But you can’t just serve up some lasagna and call it dinner. Well, actually, in my house you totally can. But assuming you’re a normal person and you want a side or two? I still have you covered. Salad in a bag? Done. Already baked bread from the bakery? Done. Two sides, a main course…I think outside of baking time we’re still talking under five minutes here. See…easy. Since you’ve put so little effort into dinner, why would you want to go out of your way on dessert? Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies. It’s a scientific fact. (Don’t question me.) Personally I’m a fan of the Nestle Toll House minis. Because they’re so little you can eat twice as many cookies. At least that’s how my mind works. And since this is all about hacking the very simple and making things only a tiny bit more complicated so that you’re making it your own, allow me to introduce you to this thing of beauty.
Click on over to see my full Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodle recipe. (Although it’s so easy I almost hate to call it a recipe…) It takes about two minutes, max, to create. So let’s do the math. Two minutes to jazz up the lasagna. Two minutes to make the cookies. Three minutes to rip open a bag of salad and slice some crusty bread. We’re talking all of seven minutes to make a full dinner, not including bake time. Now that’s the easy way to get dinner done.
Fine. Save a minute or two by buying bread that’s already been sliced. I won’t judge.