Cooking for the week!

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   Posted 2/16/2009 12:41 AM (GMT -7)   
For the most part, cooking for the next week or two went pretty good.  I made spaghetti sauce, chicken and vegies with sauce for pasta, Mexican chicken for tortillas, cut hot dogs for mac and cheese and hot dogs, chicken and potatoes and cheese sauce for lunches.  Plus there are some boxes in the pantry and a salt pork to make beans.  One dish turned out kind of weird, though.  I had some chicken in freezer that I thought was cooked in salad dressing.  I cooked potatoes and veggies and mixed them together, then discovered it was bbq chicken like you put on a bun.  I checked it after mixing in the vegies and potatoes and bleh!   Suppose I could have tasted it first!!!  So I picked all the potatoes out and will try putting pineapple and green peppers in it and serving over rice.  Hope that works!!  I am pretty sore now, but hubby helped a little and the kitchen is all clean and meals are made for the week.  All freezer bags are carefully labeled with contents and instructions and a monkey could prob make dinner.  Yay.

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   Posted 2/16/2009 5:22 AM (GMT -7)   

I am so happyfor you. I am going to try this soon. As lately dinner time has been a real chore. We had sandwiches last night. usually on sundays I try to make a big dinner. It just did not work out this week. I wish I could do the mac and cheese with cut up hot dogs hubby does not like hotdogs says they are a snack not a meal. Keep us posted and let us know how it works for you.


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   Posted 2/16/2009 5:33 AM (GMT -7)   

Sue...I read your post and thought you wrote "Mexican chicken for toenails."  I read it twice.  I am not allowed in the kitchen, and now you know why!



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   Posted 2/16/2009 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Way to go, Sue!  You will find that it was worth the effort...all week long!
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   Posted 2/16/2009 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I've started doing some basic crock pot meals.  I like those cause I can put it together in the morning when I'm doing a little better and then just put in on the heating unit around 1:30 and just forget it til dinner time.  There's enough for 2 dinners so that's good.  We need to cut down expenses and I'm trying to take some of the load off of B. - she's got a lot on her and is a little stressed out (it's not just me lol   shocked )
Any know where I can find easy crock pot recipes?  Can soups and stews be done that way?  I'm just putting beef/chicken/pork chops on the bottom, cover with potatoes, carrots and celery, a little salt and pepper, then cream of chicken or mushroom soup on top. 
Are there other things you can fix in the morning and then just let it cook in the afternoon?  I'm cooking-challenged and need simple things.  Guess I kind of need "cooking first aid".
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   Posted 2/16/2009 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Sue, good for you.  This will really take the stress load off of you.  I find on the days I have dinner ready, all day I will think "Oh, dinner, what will I make?"  Then I remember it's all done & oh what a good feeling.  Helps me to feel somewhat in control of my home.
Rich, You can absolutely make stews & soups in the slowcooker.  Just let the meat cook until pretty well done, then add your veggies, root type (potatoes, carrotts, etc) & about a half hour before dinner throw in anything else that just needs to heat through.  Also, something I use alot for tenderizing is tomatoes.  Any kind you have, fresh, canned, frozen, stewed, even tomato sauce or paste.  Tomatoes break down the fibers in meat so you can use a cheaper cut & it will be tender by the end of the cooking process.  So, cheap cut of steak in tomatoe sauce to start, half way through throw in chopped or sliced green peppers & onions, seasonings & you have swiss steak, serve over rice or whatever you have.  This is one of my husbands favorites.  I use alot of herbs & spices & that makes a real difference in varying the flavors.  I love to cook so this is cathartic to me.  I really miss it when I am too sick to cook.  
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   Posted 2/16/2009 10:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Donna, it is chicken for toenails! Yum! Rich, I thought you said CRACK pot meals! I am really foggy now and went looking for my purse - when I finally found it I asked hubby, "why was I looking for my purse?"

I have done cans of spaghetti sauce (cans are cheaper than jars) and meatballs from the freezer section and let that cook all day in the crackpot. Also, chicken breasts in two cheap bottles of bbq sauce can be shredded and put on buns. And chicken breasts with a can or two of tomatoes with peppers, tomato sauce, cumin, cilantro, onions, and maybe even chilis cooked all day - and served with tortillas. You can also do beans with a ham hock or salt pork or chili (but you gotta cook up the meat with the chili season).

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