When trying to find time for the family, dinner is usually the best option for everyone. You can attempt to get everyone to sit at a table early in the morning while everyone is still waking up. Who really wants to do that? If you have ever met my wife, or her side of the family you will realize they are mostly zombies in the morning. By this I mean, non functioning, they spill things, grumble about and generally takes them about an hour to wake up unless something startles them. Most people are this way, but not me. I am a morning person, but that is besides the point. The point is, gathering together, spending time with one another. So dinner it is!
The first thing is to decide what to cook right? In today’s modern work it is hectic, fast paced, and chaotic in general. So who has time to prep dinner? Well we all do, it is just our perspective of time that has changed. With everyone demanding “immediate responces” or “get rich quick” mentality we are all rushing for retirement and an easy lifestyle. We tend to forget what is most important; family. So I always have loved a Crock-Pot or Slow Cooker, growing up when ever I saw Mom prepping dinner same time we are getting breakfast, I knew we were getting something special. The flavor from having something cook all day is just amazing and nothing compares. This can also be said about a Dutch Oven, great slow cooker but you use your oven instead. Or if you are rustic and outdoorsy you cook with it over a fire. In some sense the general appearance of the two is almost the same, so you can sort of say the electric Slow Cooker is the upgraded version of a Dutch Oven. Yes purest feel free to comment hatefully and say no it isn’t this is my opinion and I will be glad to read and comment on yours.
Prepping takes time in the morning, and when I saw Mom doing this I would usually set at the dinner table and eat my breakfast instead of eating it on the couch. I would love to see what she is doing and sometimes I would join in and help. To this day it is a joint venture with the wife and I. We love to prep and setup a stew, a roast, or soup of some kind. We both get a joy out of cooking together and then later enjoying the fruits of our labor. This is great time to spend with family you can get everyone involved. Even if they are young you can always give them something to do, my parents would let me peal or mash the potatoes or cut some vegetables. Or let me measure the liquids and ad those to the meal.
This helps bring back family time around dinner, everyone sits at the table to see what all has been crated. Their mouths drooling, eyes wide, and smiling ear to ear. Do not miss out on chances like this or we will lose what makes us human. That is community, family, and without that we lose ourselves.
Slow cooking has its benefits, it helps save money on meals. Because less expensive cuts of meat can be used, and by using water or a stock you can make a soup, stew or roast. There are even recipes for crock bot sides, like my favorite Crock-Pot Mashed Potatoes. Amazing and so yummy I would have never guessed that it would change the way I eat those things so easily. Your vegetables may lose some nutrients while making a roast or a stew but remember its just soaked into the broth and stock. So it is still there, just a different form. The low temperature means you probably won’t burn down your house, that chance is dropped dramatically and you would have to have a short to cause a house fire with a Slow Cooker. Also this drops the amount of dishes needed to clean at the end of the day. If I had my choice, Crock-Pot/Slow Cooker meals all day every day, I could live off soups and stews alone.
The only thing I can find wrong with a Crock-Pot or Slow Cooker besides losing some nutrients from boiling veggies in water, you can lose some moisture from constantly opening the lid, and sometimes depending on if the food is properly thawed or not it can be raw or some beans wont be cooked completely. So don’t cook with frozen meat to make sure and make sure you soak your beans over night so they cook easier.
So all in all, remember, family is most important to have a long healthy life. Eat good food and spend time together making it. This will create a stronger family if you do more activities together. If your kids do not like Crock-Pot or Slow Cooker meals than they are not human. No I am joking, what you should really do is cook meals they enjoy and have them help set it up or prepare it. Doing things together is what brings us together.
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