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Now, another EASY MEALS idea:
Many of our family’s favorite meals can be prepared with the ease of using one pan. We find that using JUST a skillet makes for a trouble-free cleanup. We also like one skillet dinners for another reason: A one-skillet dinner allows you to serve straight from the skillet to the plate—so there’s fewer serving dishes to clean as well.
Serving from the skillet creates a casual setting and gives the warm feeling of a laid-back family dinner. This might be a fun time to light a candle (or kerosene lantern) and eat by candle light. After all, it doesn’t have to be a formal dinner to justify using candles.
Skillet meals are very much like making a casserole, only without having to use as many pans and bowls. Stir Fry and Chicken ‘n Rice are a couple of our favorites—do you have a favorite you could tell us about? Let’s look at the basics to this meal approach:
1. First, you need a large skillet. We prefer a stainless steel or cast- iron pan over aluminum or Teflon-coated. A stainless steel or cast- iron pan will not only conduct the heat better but also has the advantage of outlasting the other skillets.
2. Next you need adaptable recipes. We’ve found most of our casserole recipes adapt well.