I’m very lucky to have a helping hand from some awesome blogging friends while Paul, Pebble and I settle in with little Rockster. Today Katie from MomFavorites.com is sharing her delicious Witching Hour Recipes.
We call 5pm the witching hour in our house. The kids are up from their naps, and one of them is bound to be cranky. I’m worn out from a day of working and parenting. The hubs is inevitably running late and won’t be home until dinner is hot off the stove (convenient, huh?). When this happens (and this usually happens Monday through Friday), I make a dinner that’s easy to prepare and cheers everyone up.
Here are a few of our Witching Hour Recipes, guaranteed to fill bellies and put smiles on faces.
Veggie Hummus Pitas:Why we love ‘em – they’re perfect for lunch or dinner and they freeze well. Whenever I make these, I make a double batch, assembling them entirely, but just not baking. On wild nights, I just pull them out and bake them at 400 until warm and toasted. Feel free to throw in some cooked chicken or shrimp in there for added protein!
Broccoli Quinoa Bake:My kids gobble it up, plus it’s healthy! I often assemble the casserole mid-day and just throw in the oven right before dinner.
Asian Chicken Salad:This one satisfies the craving for salty Chinese take-out, but it’s healthy! I love the crunchy-sweet-salty combo and so does my family. This recipe is courtesy of our Mom Favorites cooking columnist, Chemeeka and it’s fab.
Fresh Tomato Sauce:I make this in large batches during the summer and freeze it. But, it’s just as easily made with canned crushed tomatoes. Throw the sauce together in the afternoon and let it simmer on low until dinner time. Right before you’re ready to eat, dinner is ready as soon as the noodles are cooked!
Katie Harding is the Publisher of Mom Favorites.com and the Founder of the South Charlotte Playgroup. She works hard at keeping all of her boys (1, 4, and 34) happy and well fed. In her spare time, she enjoys drinking coffee and craft brews (not at the same time), running, and laughing at herself.