One of the most common questions people ask me is how I manage to balance my responsibilities as wife and mother (of a fairly large brood) with writing. My answer is always the same: I prioritize. And I'm the first to admit that certain domestic tasks fall to the bottom of my priority list, including cooking.
I LOVE to eat. I love food. But if it's a choice of eating something scrumptious that takes forever to prepare or writing, I choose writing. It's not just a matter of economics, although that is a big part of it.
So, what do I cook?
Note: I cook a large enough quantity to last no less than two nights. That way, I'm only forced to cook three times a week.
Crockpot roast--take a hunk of meat, throw it in a crockpot along with some potatoes (don't even bother chopping them up anymore), carrots and peeled onions. Pour two cans of Red Gold brand Roasted Garlic and Onion stewed tomatoes over everything, cover and simmer for eight hours.
Sloppy Joes--Dump a pound of ground beef in a skillet and guilt-trip a teenager into standing there and stirring until browned. Then drain, return to skillet and add one can of Manwich, simmer for a few minutes.
Oven BBQ chicken--arrange raw chicken in glass baking pans. Bake for roughly an hour until juices run clear. Pour a bottle of BBQ sauce over chicken and continue baking for a couple of minutes. Pull out and serve.
There you go, three of my family's favorite meals. Easy. Cheap. And convenient.
Anyone else have an easy-to-prepare recipe to share?
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