There is one time of day in particular that I find most difficult (and I know that this is a very common phenomenon). That is from around 4pm until bedtime.
Yes, dinner time can be hell! There are 3 young children in the other room fighting and screaming, while you are trying to cook the dinner. At the same time, you are constantly running backwards and forwards playing referee! What is it about 4/4.30pm that turns lovely well behaved children into little argumentative monsters?! Tired, hungry children is not a good combination.
One way of making things a little easier for myself is to use my slow cooker. I fell in love with my slow cooker when my son was born. It meant I could basically cook the dinner at a time of day that suited me and the baby rather than have to panic at 5pm when the baby was screaming.
I love being able to just throw things into the pot in the morning, and then hey presto, dinner is ready at 5pm!
There are lots of different recipes you can try. My favourites are Bolognese, curry and a chicken or pork casserole. But if you don’t like cooking from scratch using a recipe, you could just throw in some chicken and a jar of curry sauce, or some mince and a jar of Bolognese sauce etc. Leave it to stew away and then your dinner is ready when you want it. It is soooo easy!
Here are a couple of my easy recipes to try:
- Veg of your choice
- 3 big dessert spoonfuls of curry paste (depending on taste)
- 1-2 tablespoons of tomato puree
- 1 tin chopped tomat0es
For best results brown the chicken first, throw all the rest of the ingredients in and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
- Vegetables of your choice
- Minced beef
- Tin of chopped tomatoes (I like using 2 tins)
- 1-2 tbsp. tomato puree
You can just throw all the ingredients in the pot and cook, but for best results brown the mince and onions first, then throw it all in together and cook away. 4hrs on high or 8hrs on low.
These are just so simple and relatively healthy.
The other great use for the slow cooker, is, for weaning. The slow cooker makes the meat so tender, it is very easy for babies to learn to eat and chew meat. It also means, when cooking your own dinner, you can cook a little extra and then freeze baby portions to use at a later date.
I think I will be continuing to use my slow cooker when the kids get older too. They will probably all be going to different clubs and groups etc. It will be great to be able to serve dinner at different times without having to cook separately.
Oh how I love my slow cooker!! I would highly recommend it to anyone with kids!
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