Several days ago I shared my ideas to Find Inspiration For Cooking. Most of us cook at least some although I’ve met people who eat take out almost daily. Home cooking shouldn’t be compared to restaurant food. First most fast food tends to be high in salt, sugar, saturated fats, trans fats, calories, and processed preservatives and ingredients. An occasional takeout meal probably won’t hurt you, but you should make wise choices on what you order. Check out How to Eat Takeout With Ruining Your Diet for more ideas.Read More
Stuffed cabbage is an old-fashioned family favorite. It’s a hearty meal that’s easy to make. Using a slow cooker makes this dish even easier to prepare on a busy day. Make a flavorful combination of ground beef, pork, and brown rice stuffed into pre-boiled cabbage leaves. If you prefer using Italian sausage instead of pork, look for a lower fat variety. Each leaf is then nestled into the slow cooker and the whole thing is topped with a tomato sauce. Come back hours later to a filling and tasty meal. NOTE: If a family member can’t eat cabbage, make them meatballs with the filling and cook it in the sauce.Read More
It’s that time of year when the temperatures drop, and everyone craves getting warm and cozy in their homes with warm, nurturing food. With that in mind, there are plenty of winter-warming foods and drinks that will keep any foodie satisfied as we start to head through the coldest months of the year.Read More
Many of you may think that a slow cooker is great tool for hot meals in the winter. When you think of the summer, you think cool, simple meals like salads, barbecue, and hamburgers. Actually a slow cooker or crock-pot is a perfect summer-cooking tool. Because it cooks low and slow, you avoid turning on the oven and heating up the house. You spend more time out of the kitchen and enjoying the day. There’s no denying that the humble slow cooker is an excellent way to make “set it and forget it” types of meals. You can cook large meals in a slow cooker, plus you can even batch-cook and freeze uneaten items to consume at a later date.Read More
I love the ease of slow cooker meals. Today’s recipe is a tasty pork chop recipe. Put it on low for 5 hours and the meat is tender and falling apart. The sauce is so tasty. I like it with rice and broccoli, but it works well with baked potatoes or mashed potatoes too.Read More
Here on the blog, I’ve shared quite a few recipes in the last 6 years. Personally, I prefer eating simple meals using real food. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy eating out occasionally, or that I don’t like short cuts in the kitchen. Unlike many people, I cannot live on take out. In the US, 60% of households order takeout weekly. With talks about America’s eating habits reaching unhealthy levels, there are ways to turn things around. This includes cooking from scratch and being responsible for what goes into your home-cooked meals. Indeed, you may not be able to cook all the time, and that may require eating out or ordering takeout. However, you benefit more when your meals are cooked from scratch. It can even help bring families together. Having everyone sit at the table and share your evening meal builds strong bonds. Today let’s discuss the main reasons for cooking from scratch.Read More
Today’s recipe is another slow cooker soup based on classic potato soup. In an effort to make this classic a little healthier, I used low fat dairy products, chicken (or turkey) bacon, and low sodium broth. The soup still tastes wonderful but it is a little easier on your diet.Read More
This Pineapple Chicken is healthy, sweet, tangy, and easy to make. You probably already have many of the ingredients in your pantry. During the holiday season you are busy with so much to do. Put this on and in 5 hours on low dinner is almost ready. Serve with rice and a salad. I prefer brown rice, and it has so much more fiber and nutrition. I have family who do not like it. Brown rice has a nuttier and chewier taste because of the bran, and I like that. The choice is yours or you could opt for cauliflower rice or quinoa.