Posts Tagged ‘prep time’

Dust off your Crock Pot and Get Ready to be Inspired!

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

A friend of mine shared this photo with me. She spent $350 and 4 hours putting together 40 crock-pot meals for her family of 6! Check it out:

She is a full time working mama of 4 busy boys. Coming home in the evenings after work, sports practices, school events, etc made dinner time kind of hectic for them. Being the resourceful mama she is, she made a plan that would allow for more quality family time in the evenings AND save them money. A trip to the grocery store and a few hours later, she has healthy, ready-made, meals to throw¬†in¬†her crock-pot in the morning.¬†And¬†will come home in the evening¬†to a yummy smelling, home-made, family dinner¬†…FOR 40 NIGHTS! I am in serious awe!

She shared a few tips:

  • Select 20 recipes and double them. This cuts down on the initial meal planning and prep time.
  • This is the perfect opportunity to buy in bulk. Do so and take full advnatage of the savings.
  • Clearly label each bag, including any extra that need to be added at the end of cook time such as rice, noodles, etc.
  • Use a food processor to assist with all that chopping.
  • Use pintrest to find crockpot recipes that freeze well.¬†My friend¬†did a trial run with a few to ensure they would taste yummy once thawed.

After chatting with¬†my friend¬†about this, I know exactly what I am asking for for my birthday this month…a family sized crock-pot! ;)¬†Yep, believe or not I have never actually used a crock-pot. Although now I am super eager to try something like this for my family. What about you? :)

Do you use a crock pot to simplify family dinners? Any tips, suggestions, or links to share? Would love to hear from YOU!

-Sarah

Kale and Sweet Potato Stew

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Did you know that Kale and Sweet Potatoes are a deliciously wonderful pair? They go so beautifully together! The sweetness of the potato compliments the robust flavor of the kale. Plus the bright orange against the dark green is quite a lovely color combination. This particular recipe is a quick and simple way to enjoy these two nutritious and delicious vegetables together! In fact this dish comes together so easy with minimal prep time that I sometimes even make it for the kids and myself for lunch.

Ingredients:

Olive oil

1 small onion, diced

4-6 cloves of garlic, chopped

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped

1 bunch of kale, de-stemmed and torn into bite size pieces

water

salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Sautee onions and garlic in olive oil. Add sweet potatoes and enough water to the top of the sweet potatoes. Cover and allow to gently simmer until soft, about 15 minutes. Add kale, salt, and pepper. Cover and cook for about 1o more minutes until kale is bright green and soft. Serve over cooked brown rice. Enjoy!

-Sarah

Tasty Tuesday: Homemade Vegetable Broth

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

I started making my own vegetable broth about a year ago. Each time I make it I’m still pleasantly surprised at how simple and delicious it is. Another added bonus is that it is cheaper than store bought varieties and uses virtually no packaging making it an economical and ecological alternative. Also it is hands-down¬†ten times¬†tastier than canned or boxed vegetable broth. Here’s a super basic recipe to try however you can honestly use just about any assortment of veggies and it will turn out fine. In fact¬†making¬†broth¬†is a great way to use up veggies that are about to spoil because you can easily freeze the broth for later. Hardly any prep time is required since the veggies need very little chopping. You can also leave the skins on the onions and potatoes, however if you want to consume the cooked veggies, it’s better to remove them in advance.

Ingredients:

3 to 4 (or more according to taste) bulbs of garlic

2 onions (quartered)

1/2 bunch of celery

4 carrots

4 potatoes (any variety, including sweet potatoes)

1/2 bunch of cilantro and/or parsley

2 bay leaves

8-10 whole peppercorns

1 tablespoon salt (more or less to taste)

*The above list of ingredients is for a very basic broth. You can add leeks, mushrooms, turnips, greens, herbs, or whatever else you have on hand to your broth and it will be equally delicious! :)

Directions:

Place all veggies in large stock pot. Fill water to completely cover the vegetables. Bring to a full boil. Reduce heat and allow to gently simmer for about an hour. Strain vegetables (can be discarded or consumed) and enjoy! It’s really THAT easy.

-Sarah