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(L)Oven Monday – Successful Sunday Dinner with Delicious Sides!

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Welcome back to the Successful Sunday dinner series!  Today I want to address two more questions/problems people mentioned in regards to Sunday dinner –

  1. How can I have everything done at the same time?
  2. What sides can you make that will be ready for a Sunday meal after church?
  •  An easy way to answer both of those issues is to make a dish where the meat and the veggies are one dish in themselves. They are baked/roasted together, so they’re finished at the same time.  That doesn’t mean it has to be a casserole!   Here are a few suggestions of those kinds of meals:
    • Lemon Greek Chicken – Chicken, Potato wedges and Red onions make up this delicious meal – all in one dish!
    • Baked Chicken Fajitas – No grilling needed – the chicken, peppers and onions are all cooked together and are ready to get wrapped in a tortilla shell!
    • Yankee Pot Roast – What would a Sunday menu be without  a Pot Roast recipe?  This one is so delicious with not only vegetables, but also a gravy that is effortless!
    • Short Ribs and Limas – Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!  I don’t like limas unless they’re in this dish!  There’s a scrumptious gravy that covers the meat and the beans, making it so savory!

The main idea with the recipes above, and ones like them, is that all you need to add is a salad and perhaps bread.  If the salad is made ahead of time, your meal is ready within minutes of your arrival home!

If you have a meat in the oven, but also need a potato, you could make your baked potatoes in the crock pot.  Here’s how:

  • Spray the inside of your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.  Clean potatoes really well, rub with olive oil and then coat with kosher salt.  Place in slow cooker.  Cook on high for about 4-6 hours.

Another suggestion I would make is, find a couple recipes like these that you can master.  Stick with them until you get the hang of getting it all ready ahead of time, then move on to more challenging menus.  Find one your family loves and that you do well.  It will be your signature dish!

If you missed any of the other posts for Successful Sunday Dinner, you can find them here and here.

My menu yesterday was:

Beef Enchiladas ( All done the night before and baked once I got home),
Refried Beans – Done in the crock pot during church
Banana – Pineapple Salad

Who’s attempting Sunday dinner?  I’d love to hear what you made yesterday!

With love from my country kitchen,

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4 thoughts on “(L)Oven Monday – Successful Sunday Dinner with Delicious Sides!

  1. I served BBQ chicken legs that I did in the slow cooker. I’ve found that 3 hours on high is the perfect amount of time for that cut of meat. For my sides, I did roasted potatoes and corn saute. I had the potatoes sliced and everything I needed waiting on the counter. They were sliced pretty thinly so it only took 25 minutes before they were crispy and delicious. Everything was ready in 30 minutes and Paul said his favorites were the sides! For a meat lover, that was a win! 🙂


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