When we were vegetarians, we ate a lot of baked potatoes. Does anyone remember those baked potato places in malls back in the 80s? I haven't seen one in ages, but maybe that's where I got the idea that a baked potato can be a meal. In addition to being delicious, they are also thrifty, quick and easy. We had baked potatoes with chili the day that Sherri kidded. It was easy for Jonathan to get them in the oven while the girls and I were out in the barn.
If you know a busy day is coming up, you can plan ahead by making a big pot of chili a night or two before your busy day. The important word here is "big" because you want to have left-overs. Then on the busy day, you can just make the world's best baked potatoes and top it with chili, cheese, sour cream, jalapenos, salsa, and whatever else you like.