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8/20/12 9:36 A

crock pots and casseroles my friend

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8/18/12 9:48 P

I can make the quickest meals from fresh veggies and frozen meats by using the microwave. I find it makes the veggies taste fresher. One of my quick meals is Tyson frozen teriyaki chicken, small potato and broccoli. takes about 10 minutes for one meal, a bit longer when making for others too. I am doing more and more with the microwave.

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8/17/12 2:54 P

Thanks everyone! I think I will dust off the crockpot. I found some interesting recipes on Pinterest in which you can prep everyting and put it in a ziplock, then freeze it and just dump it in that morning!

MRSB921 Posts: 82
8/17/12 2:20 P

yes...the crockpot is your friend! my cousin makes EVERYTHING in the crockpot! meats, veggies, even dishes like casseroles and mac and cheese! i am new to the crockpot...but i make in it--ribs, yogurt, pork chops and soups.

you can also try to make stews in it, and roasts.

there is a website that cooks a crockpot meal every day. you can google "crockpot meals 365" and links will come up!

if you aren't into crockpot meals often, you go peruse through meal recipes here at spark people and even online. all you magazine has tons of VERY quick and delicious recipes, i try a new recipe from them every single month and i've never been disappointed at the time they take (less than 45 minutes from start to finish), the ingredients (easy to find, affordable) and the taste!

JENMC14 Posts: 2,786
8/15/12 10:18 A

Could you make up some casseroles or something on the weekends and freeze them to pop into the oven on busy nights? I use bagged salad kits and pre-cooked chicken or microwaved pot roast/turkey/etc. type meals for busy nights with a frozen veg on the side, although I know not everyone likes to use things like that. Soup and sandwiches or quick make your own pizzas could work, too. Breakfast for dinner doesn't take too long, scramble some eggs, throw in some sausage or use some pre-cooked bacon on the side with some toast.

The corckpot suggestion is also a good one, but if you're gone from home all day, then things can get overcooked/dried out. I know my owkr day is too long to cook chicken in the crockpost without it drying out (at least everything I've tried), but pot roasts have been ok.

Edited by: JENMC14 at: 8/15/2012 (10:19)
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8/15/12 7:49 A

Two words: CROCK POT.

You can make SO MANY healthy foods in a crock pot. Stews, soups, roasts, bbq, chili, chicken, the list goes on and on. I know about busy. I work seven days a week at one job, have a part time job on top of that, and a ten year old daughter. I adore my crock pot. You can get them in different sizes, and they are life savers. :) SPARK even has several slow cooker recipes, and you can find cookbooks devoted to the Crock Pot.

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8/14/12 10:08 P

Hi all - I just started sparkpeople again after over a year. In that year I gained another 20 pounds - UGH! But now I'm back and ready to really do it - I've already lost 10 pounds in the past 3 weeks and I am exercising daily - I feel like I am finally on the right track. I am just getting worried about how busy our schedule is about to become... We have 2 businesses that keep me out of the home all day, I homeschool (at our business) and now my son has football 2 times a week and we all have church one evening a week. We will be going straight from work to all these activities and not getting home until 7 or 8 pm - what can I feed my family that will be healthy but not require much cooking? Thanks!

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