Tuesday, July 21, 2009

What's for dinner (and lunch, and breakfast?)

Now that we've finally closed on the house, I feel a small amount of anxiety growing in my stomach. Remember how our offer was accepted way back at the end of May? We assumed we wouldn't have too many problems, and we'd have a month's overlap in our rental home to get things ready. Instead, we had problem after problem, and we have ten days.

We're moving into a home with no appliances and a kitchen that needs an overhaul. We've got a washer and dryer, so our bodies will be covered with clean clothes. We have a chest freezer that's about half-way full (though most of that is OtterPops - the Costco pack lasts forever!). We have a barbecue and can borrow a dorm-sized refrigerator. We also have have a microwave, crock pot, griddle, bread machine and rice cooker.

So, like always, food is on my mind. I'm turning to you. Have you got a favorite slow cooker/no-cook/ microwave meal? This may turn into a series for August- 'a cook with no kitchen,' perhaps?

7 comments:

Kari said...

Have you got the cook book fix it and forget it? I've heard it is fabulous. It has recipes for everything, lasagna, chili, stuffed peppers.

Liz said...

You should get in contact with Alise and her mom (layne rassmussen) They have a lot of microwave recipes. Alise made corn on the cob in the microwave for the 4th while we were there and you couldn't tell it wasn't cooked on the stove.

Liz said...

http://www.lafujimama.com/2009/04/no-foolin-5-minute-chocolate-mug-cake.html

This is something I want to try in the microwave chocolate cake in a cup =-)

Melissa said...

First, congrats on the house! That is so exciting. In response to your question, we actually only moved down the road (less the half a mile from our condo), but it is a different ward which is kind of funny.

The Fix It and Forget It cookbook is great. I have it and have used several recipes. There is also a blog that I have heard of where she tried to use her crock pot every day for a year. I just found it crockpot365.blogspot.com I haven't used any of those, but with that many there must be some good ones :) Our favorite crock pot meal is bbq chicken sandwhiches. Just put in defrosted chicken, smother it in bbq sauce and cook on low all day or high 3-4 hours until it shreds and then we put in on buns or bread. It's so easy and really yummy. Good luck with everything

SarahJane said...

Can I pop in and say, "Hi"? and Congratulations!

My favorite, "No cooking on the stove/oven 'cause the electric rates are too high" meal is: Crock pot chili with corn bread cooked in the microwave and microwaved apple crisp for dessert.

That might be too hot though for the summer...so how about tacos: rice in cooker, meat browned or beans warmed in the microwave, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, etc. Yum.

TheresaXXX said...

For the crock pot... Taco Soup!!!

My recipe calls for browning a pound of hamburger with onion, but you can substitute any cooked meat (shredded beef, chicken, cooked ground beef, chicken, turkey, etc.) or just leave the meat out and you could microwave the onions or cook them on the griddle.


Taco Soup:

1 pound cooked meat (see above)
1 small sweet onion (+/- to taste)
1 pkg Taco seasoning mix*
1 pkg Ranch Dressing mix*
1 can - 12 oz. - V8 juice
1 can each:
Pinto beans
Dark Kidney beans
Light Kidney beans
Black beans
White beans
Sweet Kernel corn
Stewed Tomatos w/ chiles (Mexican style)

Put cooked meat and onion into the Crock Pot along with the contents of all of the cans, including all the liquid. Mix thoroughly and set on low heat.

Serve with shredded cheese, corn ships, sour cream, green onion, etc.

It's great over baked potatoes!

This also freezes beautifully! I freeze it in indivdual serving containers (ziploc-type) for lunches! Take it with you frozen. It will be nearly thawed by lunch (kept at room temp.) and then heat in the microwave for about a minute!

The Barnsley-Cervo's said...

I looove the recipes in Looneyspoons. Allrecipes is my go to source online for all things recipe orientated.

Slow-cooker recipes you say? I'll see what I can dig up for you and pass it your way :D