Now that I’ve finally adjusted to retirement, I’ve settled into a routine in many facets of my life. One is cleaning the house on
Friday mornings, and the other is not cooking a big dinner on Friday evening. When growing up, typically Friday was take-out night, and rarely did we have a big sit-down dinner. Although we seldom do take-out these days, I suppose I’m continuing that tradition.
It’s not that I boycott homemade Friday night dinners and go out like we often did when working, but I rarely get into anything that’s too complicated or going to
mess up my clean kitchen, at least for one day (now how silly is that?). I love getting up on a Saturday morning to a spotless kitchen but, admittedly, it doesn’t take long for it to start going downhill.
I may pull leftovers out of the freezer. Or else it’s something that doesn’t take a lot of preparation time or can be made early in the morning or even the day before,
refrigerated, and then popped into the oven or microwave in the evening. Lazy? Yeah, maybe that’s part of the motivation.
I grew up eating all kinds of sausages. I think if I hadn’t moved away from Cincinnati, I may have been crowned the Cincy Sausage Queen. It’s October, I’m seeing
“Oktoberfest” everywhere (now I’m thinking sausage and beer), so I thought I’d focus on sausage this month for our Friday night meals. Johnsonville is one of Allrecipes’ brand partners, and after taking a look through their recipes on this site, I found
four that fit my Friday night criteria.
Chili’s easy to prepare and doesn’t make too much of a mess, so Chiliville Chili can be made
before the house cleaning starts (or the day before) and reheated for dinner.
Pizza is a Friday night tradition for many families, either delivery or homemade, so Sausage
Diavolo Pizza works well. I cook the pizza topping on Thursday (and it’s worth the effort, so very good!), reheat the next day, top my refrigerated pizza dough, and then into the oven for a delicious, piping hot homemade pie.
Sausage Diavolo Pizza
The No-Fuss Lasagna by Johnsonville is just that, being made the day before
(I use my always-in-the-freezer marinara sauce), grill the sausages (no mess) and slice, and then bake the casserole Friday evening for a No-Fuss dinner.
No-Fuss Lasagna by Johnsonville
Italian Sausage Appetizer Bread takes a little time to make, but instead of
one big loaf, I make two smaller loaves and freeze one. Defrost, reheat, and you’re good-to-go. We eat it as an entree with a side salad.
Italian Sausage Appetizer Bread
I’d love to expand my Friday night dinner rotation, so please share some of your No-Fuss favorites which don’t take a lot of prep time or mess up your kitchen
the one day of the week that it may be spotless (at least in this house). TGIF!
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