Situation 1: From time to time, I am out in the evenings. I love to cook, but if I am not there to put it on the table, I need something that my DH can take out of the oven to serve to the family, or leave on the counter for room temperature. Problem is: DH complains about stews (claims not to like braised food) and while he'll eat a casserole from time to time, it's not his favorite. In addition, his dislikes include cooked fruit, eggplant, cilantro, mint and dill. Need ideas for cook ahead and leave in the oven/serve at room temperature.
Situation 2: 3 nights a week, my children have sports and scouts which are scheduled at my usual meal time and I am often driving a hour round trip when I need to cook dinner. I am reduced to feeding them at from 5 - 5:30 p.m. when our family dinner time is usually 7 p.m. when DH arrives home. On these nights, I need a grab and go meal to serve 11 yo son and 8 yo daughter.
I am exhausted from trying to come up with new ideas. I'd appreciate any suggestions!