Cooking Light's Mexican Chocolate Cream Pie - I made this twice in a week. Both times we demolished it. Do add red pepper to taste - a little goes a long way and before you know it, the back of your throat is burning, and the only solution is more whipped cream!
I REALLY wanted some baked pumpkin oatmeal a few weeks ago after seeing this post on Kath Eats. I didn't want bites though, I wanted a nice, big vat of it, and this recipe I found by Lynn's Kitchen Adventures (new to me blog) hit the spot! Made it twice, once about 2/3 of a recipe, and the second time a full recipe. Do be mindful of the dimensions of your pan though - I used a 4 x 9 (ish) dish making the oatmeal deeper and thus took another 15 minutes to cook. Great to bake the night before, then let it warm up while you take your dog on a walk or do your hair. Great topped with nut butter, maple syrup and coconut flakes!
Butternut Squash and Coconut Soup with Shrimp from WFM was a surprising hit! I love bsquash soup and make it a few times a year - always mixing up the seasonings to keep things interesting. I was unsure how I'd like it with the addition of shrimp -but adding even less than a pound made the soup feel substantial.
The ultimate make-ahead dinner award goes to... Char Siu Pork Roast from Cooking Light! Reasons why this dinner rocked:
- No dicing of the meat required beforehand
- No searing required
- Marinate overnight for easy flavor (and no veggie chopping!)
- If you have a programmable rice cooker like me, you also have rice ready when you get home
- Bonus points if you trim Brussels sprouts the night before and then roast them as an easy side while you cook down the sauce