We've had a crock pot for years ... and it gathered much dust in our cupboards. However, I bought a new cookbook this year and we use our crockpot probably 3 times per week. We LOVE it!You need to pick up "Fix-It and Forget-It (Lightly): Healthy, Low-Fat Recipes for Your Slow Cooker". I think I bought it at Target. (There is also one that is not "Lightly", if you want the full-fat versions. :)Blessings,Laurel
http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/ more crockpot recipes than I will ever use! She even has desserts! Some are a bit "fancy" for my kids taste.Here is an easy one all of the kids will eat:6-12 boneless, skinless chicken breasts1 8oz bar cream cheese (can use fat free or reduced fat)1 pkg Good Seasons Italian dressing mix (just the powder, don't make the dressing)1 can cream of mushroom or chicken soup1/3-1/2 cup of water (1/2 cup if doing 12 breasts)cook all day on low in crockpot. Serve over rice or noodles. (we use egg noodles)I also have a baked french toast recipe if you are interested in it. Landie thinks it is cake :) and all of the kids devour it. You can assemble it ahead of time and bake it later.
Kim,Tanya has a blog that has family recipe ideas that I have used a lot - I think it's on her side bar.Yummy stuff :)
Mealtime transition. The best advice I have is earplugs. But if you want recipe ideas:I love the crockpock 365 website. Really great meals. The other site I use alot is menus4moms.com; it gives a week of family friendly menus and a grocery list and not only is it kid friendly food (while still tasty for adults) but it's also fairly frugal. I also task our teenagers with one weeknight meal a week. They are improving their math (not our family strength) while doubling recipes. And then I can care for the smaller kiddos and reduce chaos just a tad (not much, but it helps).I haven't added to your freezer yet and need to. We will find a day/time to do that. Maybe you and your kids could come over and visit our goats/chickens? We love to have friends over. Sandi McMillan (Tommy, Liam, Hannah, Nate)
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