Feb. 4, 2013 11:33 pm
Updated: Mar. 23, 2013 8:14 am
Has it really been since September I wrote a blog? Sheesh! Time flies when you have teens in the house.
I've learned a few things about cooking and making meals since the last time I blogged. I can no longer make a "4" serving recipe anymore. See, I have two children who will INHALE everything I make before I can set aside a bite for me and for my husband if
I only make a recipe for four.
So.. what is a savvy cook to do? I thank the heavens for AR. I take the recipes and often double them, and if there are any leftovers, well.. this is what a freezer is made for!
Some tips on feeding a frenzy like mine: since it is chillier here in the PNW, I look for more casseroles and slow cooker recipes. I seek out anything I can easily double and also ideas that I can turn around and make my own.
Here are ideas I came up with that you all might enjoy.. and keep contemplating cooking! It is joyful!!
* Take a casserole and turn it into a slow cooker recipe. Instead of baking something, look to see if the ingredients will work in your slow cooker. Pasta, for example, can be added in to the slow cooker early on or late in the game if your sauce is warmed
* Think about leftovers. If you are making tacos, consider cooking up more ground beef then you need, then setting aside some before you add seasoning. Put it in the fridge or freezer and you will have a start on a meal later in the week.
* Don't waste pasta! If you make a recipe that only calls for half a box, cook the entire box of pasta. Set the other amount aside in a container in the fridge, then you have a start on a simple Italian meal later in the week!