We've all had those nights..."Darn it, I forgot to thaw something for dinner but I don't want to eat out." or "Oops, we don't really have anything to thaw but I don't want to eat out." This is where your creativity has to kick in, like mine did last night!
Case in point: no dinner plan at 5:30 and starting to get hungry. What do I have? A quick survey of the fridge and I notice that I still have a pound of Velveeta and I have one of the packs of ham from Christmas Eve thawing. Upon further consideration I realize I have half a bag of mixed veggies in the freezer and plenty of rice I could make. Bingo...instant casserole. Not exactly gourmet, but think of it as comfort food.
Quick and Easy Casserole
3 cups cooked rice
8 oz. Velveeta cheese
1/2 cup milk
10 oz. mixed veggies, thawed (can use anything you have, really...spinach, broccoli, etc)
2 cups cubed ham
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
Combine Velveeta and milk and microwave until melted through. Stir in ham, veggies, and rice. Transfer to a greased 9x13 pan and top with cheddar cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees. Enjoy!
See...dinner can be quick and easy even if you forgot to plan. :)