And we start another week. 1 month until Christmas. December , I think, is the busiest month of the year. Some of us have December birthdays as well. I am going to attempt to ease the stress by posting ways to streamline time in the kitchen and gettimg ready for the holidays.
If you don't do it already, take time to sit down with a cup of coffee or tea and make lists and fill out your calendar. Your computer should have ome that you can print out and keep just for the holidays.
If you haven't gathered it yet, I am a big fan of the crockpot. I can put dimmer on early in the morning when it is less hectic, and have dinner ready when we are ready to eat. If we are coming in at odd times, we can all eat when it is convenient.
Making food ahead when you have a sane day helps too. If you already have the meat done, it is really fast to cook a starch and a veggie.
SLOPPY JOES IN THE SLOW COOKER
1 pound of ground beef or pork. ( about 12 ounces of cooked and defatted meat)
1/2 large onion, chopped
1tsp chopped garlic
1/2 red pepper, chopped
1/3 cup ketchup
1tsp chili powder
Hot pepper sauce if desired
If you have not already cooked meat, cook meat until no longer pink and drain.
Combine the rest of the ingredients and cook on low 6-8 hours, or on high 3-4 hours.
Serve with hamburger buns and French fries or veggie sticks.
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To answer a question, Big Lots is an over stock store that sells everything from toys to food and everything in between. Trader Joes is a alternative food store that sells some regular food, but a lot of vegetarian and speciality foods for special therapeutic