As a working mother I have to have quick meals to fix. I thought of this one on a night when I was really running late and everyone was hungry. This worked great for dinner with a salad, and then as a side with a sandwich the next day for lunch for everyone. The night you make it it won't be as thick. For added thickness add 2 tbs cornstarch mixed first with 2 tbs water. My family thought I had been cooking it in a crockpot all day!