Thursday, February 7, 2008

A Week of Slow Cooked Suppers

I checked out the Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook from the library, and I think I need to invest in one for myself. (Maybe I should hint to my husband for Valentine's Day?)

I love to cook, but my kids seem to be cranky and clingy every single day when it's time to make supper. This doesn't make for a good combination, because inevitably I end up letting them know that if they don't leave me alone for a few minutes, we won't get to eat tonight. :) So I decided to try an entire week of slow cooked suppers and see how it goes. That way, I can get the prep work - and dirty dishes - out of the way in the morning.

After I had my menu made, my husband suggested inviting one of the single men from our congregation over for pizza and games on Friday night. So I revised the menu. I can still make it quickly by prebaking the pizza crusts.

Here's what we're having for the next seven days:

1. PB&J
2. Spaghettios
3. grilled cheese and tomato soup
4. omelettes
5. PB&J
6. Spaghettios
7. bacon, eggs, toast (Sunday noon meal)

Suppers (all recipes are from Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook)
1. Shipwreck (p.113) - I made this tonight and I will only use half the recommended salt next time. Otherwise, we loved it! Bonus: I froze half of it for another meal.
2. Homemade pizza, chips, soda
3. Shell Casserole (p.117)
4. Tangy Pork Chops (p.135), baked potatoes, frozen vegetable
5. Green Beans and Sausage (p.156)
6. Leftovers
7. Nachos (Sunday evening before church - we usually have something light)

And now for the BIG bonus: the only thing I have to buy anything this week for this menu is the potato chips. Everything else is all right here in my pantry, refrigerator and freezer. That's good, too, because I need to replenish a few staples this week ... And I think my favorite store should be having triple coupons soon!

I made my husband's favorite cake for his birthday: Peanut Butter Meltaway Cake. It makes a 9x13" cake, which is quite a lot for a family our size. So we are having cake for dessert all this week!


E said...

I finally signed up for a gmail account so I can leave comments on your blog (which I check almost every day)!

I have the regular Fix It and Forget It slow-cooker cookbook, which I received in a gift exchange. I thought I would use the cookbook way more than I really have. I miss not having photographs in the book, plus so many of the recipes are almost alike. I use my Quick Cooking Slowcooker book a lot more--lots of inspiring photos!

E said...

I posted a comment, not realizing just an initial would show up for my name. Let's see if this works better.

So you know for sure...I'm your college "twin" who doesn't want her name to appear in cybespace.

jemilyea said...

OK, I think this time my ID will appear correctly.

Will you ever post the recipe for the peanut butter cake?