It's fall here..right on time!LOL
For some reason, fall is a time when our focus turns from BBQ and outdoors to home and
Hearth. Fall signals warm soup, and comfort foods. In the Pacific Northwest, ot gets colder and the rains come. We get busy with kids in school and our winter activities.
It is crock pot weather.
RED PASTA SAUCE
1 pound of ground beef
1/2 pound of ground chicken, turkey, pork, or sausage.
1 can diced tomatoes ( 14.5 oz)
1can tomato sauce ( or tomato paste and water to make 12/3 cups )
1/2 of a chopped onion
1 medium bell pepper, chopped
1heaping T of Italian seasoning
1/2 cup wine
1/2 tsp garlic , minced.
Brown meats and defat.
Place all ingredients in the Slow cooker and cook on high 3-4 hours or on low 6-8 hours.
I usually have meat already cooked And defatted. It is easier to do batches of it When you get home from shopping or the next day. Label and freeze in meal sized portions.
Be sure to date them.
To defat any ground meat, fry the meat to 175 degrees ( no longer pink). Drain into colander in the sink or over a large bowl. Boil water on the stove, and place colander in the sink and pour boiling water over it. It is supposed to reduce the fat in hamburger by 17 percent and make it have less fat than a boneless, skinless chicken breast.
I generally cook meat in batches-- not at dinner time. I either refrigerate it if we are eating it in the next two days, or I label and freeze meal sized portions. This eliminates waste, and it gives you a head start on dinner. It is less stressful for me to either put something in the crockpot in the morning or have meat already cooked in the freezer. Cooked ground meat thaws quickly and gives you a head start on dinner and you are more likely to defat it if you aren't coming with growling mouths to feed! LOL
If you are in a hurry in the morning, get your veggies chopped the night before and put in the fridge. Dump everything in the crockpot and turn it on before you leave the house.
Using the crockpot when you entertain takes the stress out because you are not trying to do everything at the last minute.
I have a microwave pasta cooker. They are really cheap and they make for set it and forget it pasta. No watching the pot to boil, no stirring, and one pot, not a pot, a colander and a bowl.
Salad these days pretty much makes itself. They scientifically tested the question of to wash or not to wash salad from a bag. The washed salad had more germs than the unwashed salad.
I buy brown and serve baguettes from Costco or the bread outlet.
Remember, if you spend more time on the front end of the meal train, and less time on the back end of it, you are money ahead. You get "paid" handsomely for shopping wisely, no one pays you for cooking. As long as your family has good nutritious food you have succeeded and have dome it for half price!
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