i'm sure it will come as no surprise when i say that cooking dinner when it's as hot as the ninth circle of hell is not my idea of a good time. i mean, i do love to cook, don't get me wrong. but when i'm sweating enough to make soup (gross visual, huh), the notion of slaving over a hot stove is not appealing in the least.
last week's heat wave damn near did me in. like, i was so completely miserable for days at a time. and? i dread opening the electric bill when it hits the mailbox. well, we're paperless, so i guess what i really mean is that i'm not looking forward to the email from edison this month. you get it.
so i did some meal planning at the beginning of the week and mapped out a lovely plan that consisted of dumping shit into the crock pot in the morning so that dinner would be magically ready in the evenings. first on the list: a recipe for slow-cooked lasagna. i'm not usually a huge fan of lasagna because ricotta cheese kinda grosses me out, but i knew everybody else would like it and i'm almost always willing to take one for the team. plus, i didn't have to put this in until just before it was time to pick up the bean, so the procrastinator in me was extra pleased.
i have to say, i was very pleasantly surprised at the outcome. i did make the sauce myself, but didn't bother to simmer it as i normally would. instead, i just stirred all of the ingredients together and then went on with the business of layering the meat, cheese, and noodles into the pot. three hours later, voila:
it was a hit with the whole house, and so i'll definitely be revisiting this one in the future.
i poked around that particular site a little more and decided to give the bacon ranch chicken a try. after all, bacon? good. ranch? yum. chicken? sure. and these are all ingredients that are picky bean-approved. while it looks like slop on a plate, it was really tasty and will also likely be added to the rotation.
another night, i threw in a beef roast and some other ingredients for the "nana's pot roast with THE BEST gravy ever!" because with a title like that...well, duh. unfortunately, it didn't live up to its name. neither the bean nor i really liked it, and it never even made it into the hub's and the teen's bellies. it wasn't even worthy of a photo. so sad.
however, this delicious concoction of biscoff spread, marshmallows and chocolate chips definitely was. it is SO good, although i cut the recipe in half because CALORIES. anyway, give it a shot next time you've got a raging sweet tooth that needs attention. i personally thought it was even better the second day, but i'm also the weirdo who doesn't like chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven. i like to let the chocolate harden again before i eat them. anyway...
with the hub out for the evening during a break from the scorching heat, i decided to try a recipe for oven-baked chicken fingers. and since i had the thing all fired up anyway, i threw in a tray of tater tots to bake alongside them. i'm a little leery of recipes like this because while they're supposed to come out crunchy and delicious as if i'd picked them up from a drive-thru somewhere, i find that oven-baked chicken tends to be more on the soggy side. happily, this was not the case.
served with some chick-fil-a sauce i've been hoarding in the fridge, it made for a really yummy meal that was bean- and teen-approved. definitely a keeper.
got any fun recipes for me to try? sharing is caring.