I love to bake and I enjoy eating my own cooking more than the food at most restaurants plus with the savings, we almost always cook at home for breakfast and dinner and eat leftovers for lunch. As someone who is not home most of any given day, that means finding ways to make dinner easier.
I love my slow cooker and one of my goals for this school year is to have dinner made using that anywhere from 2-3 nights each week. That way we can toss a salad, slice bread or do something else simple and just sit down and eat when we get home. No fuss, no hassle. Love that!
Here are the links to a couple of new-to-us recipes that we've tried the last couple of weeks that we enjoyed and made our "eat this!" list:
Recipe #1: Crock Pot Honey Dijon Chicken Thighs
We actually made this with chicken legs, rather than thighs, since that's what we had in the freezer. And we used fresh baby Portobello mushrooms since they were on sale, rather than white mushrooms or canned. Even both children loved this (Buddy can be very picky) and John pulled the leftover meat off the bone and mixed it with some roasted root veggies (carrots, parsnips, and potatoes) for lunch the next day. We served this with French bread and a fruit salad. Yummy!
Recipe #2: Crock Pot Beef Tips and Gravy
Totally cheated on this one and used canned venison with the accompanying broth rather than beef and the broth listed in the recipe. Super easy and super yummy! We served this with rice and a fruit salad. We are going to try a different onion soup mix brand next time since the one we tried was very salty (we rarely add extra salt to our food so this really stood out to us). Even salty, it was really yummy!
Both of these can be prepped ahead of time and put into the freezer. We prepped the chicken since we had extra chicken, but since the venison was canned, we decided to just leave it that way.
What new recipes have you tried lately? How do you make dinner time a breeze?