1. Speeding up a slow cooker recipe
I originally wrote this recipe as a slow cooker soup. But last week, I wasn’t on my game and it didn’t go in the slow cooker. I did have all the ingredients though, plus cooked chicken in the freezer.
The onion and bell pepper cooked in oil on the stove top, then I added the other ingredients. The whole process took about 30 minutes, start to finish.
This Spicy Chicken Soup recipe post has ideas for varying the ingredients for what you have on hand. But it also works to vary the cooking method so it fits better with your day.
2. Breakfast for dinner
Jim was out of town one night last week. That often inspires me to make pancakes for dinner. But this time we were in more of a French toast mood. I did make Apple Cider Syrup to go with it. Yum! And bacon on the side too.
3. Easiest grocery shopping ever
Two steps to making your grocery shopping super fast:
1. Print off your color-coded meal plan and grocery list from Weekly Meal Plans.
2. Send it with your son to do the shopping. Peter was off on Friday, so I sent him to do our groceries. I crossed out the things we didn’t need and added a few extras. Extra scribbles courtesy of younger sibling.
Peter came back with all the groceries for the week. Boom!
A huge bonus of Weekly Meal Plans is being able to have someone else do the shopping. I don’t hand off this job often, but at times it’s really nice to let someone else handle it. And it’s no problem since it’s all listed there in pretty colors.