Thursday, November 15, 2007
Lately I've found that making dinner in the morning is the only way to insure we are having dinner. I was frustrated that once the kids got home from school I was spending so much time in the kitchen getting dinner ready. It was taking longer than it should with all the interruptions. Now that I'm teaching in the afternoons I don't even have that option. The morning is actually a great time to cook, during the baby's nap and Colin's tv time, I can put something together quickly and just leave last minute preparations for dinnertime. Oh, and I recently re-invested in a crock-pot. We had one in our early days of marriage, but neither of us were big fans; it was hard to clean (no removable crock) and I got tired of putting cans of condensed soup in everything we made, everything tasted the same. Now, there are a lot of great recipes out there and I'm learning how to create my own. Here are my "make in the morning" meals for this week.
Beef Barley Soup
Brown the meat and then throw everything in the crockpot. Add zucchini 1/2 hour before dinner. Serve with bread.
BBQ Beef Sandwiches
I used leftover smoked beef brisket, but you could use any leftover cut of beef. Add water and BBQ sauce and throw it all in the crockpot. Serve on buns with celery and carrot sticks.
Also in the crockpot. This is a vegetarian version, but you could add cooked ground beef or turkey.
Like lasagna but more pasta and cheese. I put it together then put in fridge until dinnertime. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Serve with salad.
I also assemble this in the morning and then wait to bake it right before dinner. Serve with a can of black beans (warmed up), sour cream and salsa.
I need some more great crock-pot recipes! Any ideas?