If you’re like me, you keep your eye out for crock-pot recipes that can
be thrown together in a hurry. There are plenty that I’d like to try,
but my busy schedule doesn’t always allow me to do a lot of preparation.
I’m often tossing ingredients into a crock pot before bedtime to cook
the next day or I’m hurriedly throwing things together before I walk out
the door in the morning. For me, browning meat is an additional step
that takes time and effort. It’s much easier for me to prepare recipes
that are simply “load and go,” no precooking necessary.
If you have leftover beef roast and shepherd’s pie, beef hash or
barbecue beef sandwiches don’t sound appealing to you, head south of the
border for some new ideas.
If the weeknight dinner rush causes you to panic, never fear, freezer
meals are here! Recently my school staff took part in a freezer meal
workshop at my school. A local grocery store brought all of the
ingredients, and we lined and assembled 10 freezer meals.
If you’re around kids, you know kids always eat with their eyes first.
My youngest, son, Carsten, 5, especially loves colorful things and
always chooses the doughnut with the most sprinkles.
You can plan your Easter dinner from start to finish in a snap. Start
with dill pickle deviled eggs everyone will enjoy. Next serve up cheesy
hash-brown and ham casserole and a fresh fruity salad. Top it all off
with mini bird nests filled with candy. Your family will be filled to
the brim and ready for the annual Easter egg hunt.
Celebrate the luck of the Irish with a tasty meal bursting with the
color green. Begin with bacon-wrapped asparagus and hearty green bean
casserole. Top it all off with a mint green and chocolate pie.
With a little bit of extra thought you can transform leftovers in your
fridge into dinners your family will love. Take a good look and you
might have some ingredients just waiting to be made into a delicious
As a teacher by day and mom of two boys by night, my energy level runs
low in the evenings. Typically I have more energy on the weekends so
I’ve made it a goal of mine to cook two meals each Sunday. My family and
I don’t mind leftovers, and it’s so much less stressful to come home on
a school night knowing that our dinner is ready and waiting. All I have
to do is warm it up and add fruit or veggies to make it a complete
Chicken and rice is a universal meal everyone seems to like. Its roots
go back thousands of years and stretch across many cultures.
Say “I love you” to those who mean the most to you by cooking your
sweethearts a Valentine’s dinner to remember. Dress up your table with
traditional Valentine’s colors of pink and red even in the food. Begin
with pink pasta and end with red cherry dessert pizza or strawberry pink
A great way to make the most of your time is by making recipes that can
be served more than one way. This practical way of cooking cuts down on
your shopping list and preparation time. The added bonus is your family
won’t groan when you tell them you’re serving leftovers for dinner.
The biggest game of the year is fast approaching. The clock is ticking
which means it’s time to get ready to serve up some fan favorites for
your hungry and rowdy crowd.
It’s that time of year again when we feel like filling up on comfort
food and hibernating for the rest of the winter. However, our New Year’s
resolutions and waist lines are calling to us. The truth is, it’s not
harder to eat more healthfully, but it does take more time and planning.
There’s nothing that smells more like home more than a house filled with
the aroma of a beef roast cooking away. There are so endless ways to
prepare roast. The key to a flavorful, tender roast is to allow it to
cook slowly with plenty of added flavor.
It’s Jan. 4, and millions of New Year’s resolutions have been made.
Maybe one of yours is to plan ahead and cook more meals at home. If so,
here are two satisfying dinners to try. Chicken spaghetti is an ideal
winter dish. It’s warm, flavorful and the ultimate comfort food.
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