Any bright and wonderful ideas for supper when the cook (me!) starts cooking at 5:45 pm!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Well, I've tried those 30 minute meals they talk about, and I must say they taste for the most part like that's all the effort put into it is only 30 minutes worth.

Salads don't fill me, at least for more than an hour. I must admit, I get much fuller on potato or macaroni salads, but then the purpose is defeated of course.

I have to feed two adult girls (my loving daughters, well, for the most part loving anyway) and a seven year old granddaughter to consider as well.

We are all busy all the time, on the go to this or that, so don't have an enormous amount of weekend time to cook and freeze. And the girls are busier than I am!

I know slow cooker meals are a good idea, but haven't found many recipes I have been impressed with there either.

I do stir frys, and the Canadian version of Chinese food, but that gets rather repetitive after a while too.

I am really, really not fussy, I know it's sounding like I am, but it's all the restrictions that are making it difficult to offer some variety while still staying with in the limits that are healthy to maintain.

Come on guys/ladies, I'm sure you all have some wonderful things to share here. Might even help out someone else Sparking? Oh, and thanks in advance for the ideas!
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    We love crockpot recipes. Have you tried pulled BBQ chicken or Salsa chicken from sp. YUMMY!
    2403 days ago
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    When I had a house full of kids and family to feed daily I found that large meats and poultry were the mainstay. I would usually cook a 20 pound turkey twice a month and planned meals around the cooked meat. Also made a different huge pot of soup from the bones. I would cook huge beef and pork roasts that would also last for days. There were no crockpots so the large oven was used.
    Another thing I would do is cook the meats in a slow oven (300 degrees) for a longer period of time.
    Hope this helps.
    Good luck
    2403 days ago
    I love roast done in a slow cooker. If yours has a crock that comes out of the heating part, you can season it the night before and put it in the refrigerator. Take it out in the morning when you get up so the crock can warm up and before you leave in the morning turn on the heat. When you get home you can microwave some potatoes and veggies and you're ready to go. Or you can put potatoes and carrots, etc. in with the roast in the morning.

    The leftovers can be reheated the next evening. I also make a big pot of soup/stew from the leftover roast. Carrots, onion, celery, garlic, a can of green beans (drained), a can of kidney beans (usually not drained), a can of garbanzo beans (either way), a couple cans of tomatoes (usually the seasoned ones) and it's good to go. Great for lunches. You can add rice, pasta, or pearl barley also.

    We also do a good sized pork loin around here, and have it with potatoes, salad, veggie or whatever. Then the next day you can shred it and do pulled pork barbecue. Good with coleslaw...

    Throw a few chicken breasts into a plastic zipper bag with your favorite seasonings and let them marinate all day or even from the night before. Grill or bake them, they cook quickly.

    I have also taken a whole chicken and stuffed it with my favorite dressing recipe and cooked it in the crockpot.

    I hope some of these ideas help. If not, think breakfast -- pancakes and waffles can be a good supper, too. Heap them with your favorite fresh fruit.

    2404 days ago
    How about sauteeing meat (pork chops, round steak) with onions in a couple tablespoons of olive oil? Top it with hash browns or 2-3 diced potatoes. Pour on a can of cream of mushroom or cream of celery soup diluted with third of a can of water and cook it in the skillet for 25 minutes or so. Add your favorite seasonings.You can be making a salad or steaming some vegetables while it cooks. Dinner should be ready in 30 minutes or so.
    2404 days ago
    Have you tried using a crockpot/slow cooker.
    2404 days ago
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