Anybody else feel like, “Do I seriously have to feed you people again?”
Confession time: I hate to cook. I’m not bad at it, but I hate it. And by the time I’m done cooking something, I really don’t want to eat it anymore. I guess I’ve looked at it for too long? Baking is fine. Low maintenance things are fine. But if a dish requires full-on cooking, then I’m really not sure if I like it until I eat it as left-overs.
But these people keep wanting to eat again, so I have to figure something out.
After I told my friend about my cooking issues, she sent me a gift one day, and it was the best gift ever. And now I will share that gift with you.
This book was made for me. When it says 3 ingredients, it means it. (Except every so often when you add salt and pepper in the mix, but do those really count?)
So, firstly, it’s not expensive. With only a few ingredients for each recipe, you aren’t buying an endless list of items at the store. Secondly, it’s so easy. I dump the 3 ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning, and dinner is ready that evening. I’ve even screwed up by not totally following the directions because I was in a hurry, and they’ve still come out delicious.
I haven’t made all of the recipes in the book (yet), but I’ve made a lot of them. My family has liked them all, and we have a very picky eater in our house. We particularly like the Beef Burgundy, Mandarin Chicken and any of the seafood recipes.
This book has really taken the stress out of dinner and made it way more enjoyable for me.
Over the weekend, my husband and I sit down and decide what we want that week (mostly me). And I make a list for the whole week. Then we go to the store and I get everything I need for the week. If there are meats that are on sale, we usually get them and freeze them. Then I can use them for recipes whenever. Then as I mentioned previously, I dump the ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning, and then it’s ready in the evening.
Some weeks don’t run like clockwork of course, but this is the plan I’m shooting for.
Many recipes have low and high options, which is helpful when you forget to do it in the morning and you need a faster option.
This is the crock pot I have. I find that the recipes from this book are done on the lower side of the cooking times listed with this slow cooker. So for example, when the recipe says 3-4.5 hours or 6-8, they are usually done closer to the 3 or 6 hour timeframes. Just check it at the earlier amount of time, and if the meat falls apart, then you can put it on warm. The meal stays warm for dinner no matter what time you end up eating.
This system has removed all the stress around cooking dinner and saved us money. I hope it can help you too!
Do you have any cool dinner tricks you’d like to share? Leave us a comment and tell us about it.