One of the biggest reasons people give as why they do not cook their own food is, “I don’t have enough time.” I wonder, is it they don’t have time, or they don’t want to make time? No time to cook, but has enough time to sit and watch the latest Snooki shenanigans or who got kicked off ____ (fill in reality show name here). Hmmm…
For those readers who truly want to start cooking more, but feel they do not have time, here is a good solution: the crockpot! I recently rediscovered mine and I am using it nonstop.
When I first got it, I was afraid to use it as I had a fear of leaving things plugged in. But the crockpot uses such low heat, it is not like leaving an iron or the stove on when you leave. Make sure it is on a flat surface, and not touching anything else, like plastic that can melt.
You set it to cook on low when you leave for work in the morning; by the time you get home you have a meal! It’s even easier that stopping off at McDonalds!
Another reason I did not like to use it was: Not enough time to set up in the morning. My solution is, set up the crockpot ingredients the night before. Then all you have to do is throw them into the crockpot, set it on low, before you run out the door in the morning.
If you have one, dust it off and try it out, while it’s summertime with no school and less kids’ sports and activities. Now is the time to experiment with it. If you are clueless about slow cooker recipes as I was, check out this cool website that posts pictures of what the dishes look like:
http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2007/12/alphabetical-listing-of-recipes.html I think is was previously known as A Year of Slow Cooking website. Another good resource is the Fix It and Forget It Cookbook by Phyllis Pelman Good.Most slow cooker recipes are very easy and quick to set up. And if you do it consistently, you’ll be rewarded with a hot meal when you get home.