If you read our weekly meal plans, you know how often I cook with dried beans. About once a week, I cook 6-cups or 2 1/2 pounds of dried beans in our electric slow cooker that has a ceramic insert. I love it because beans can cook whether I’m home or not or even overnight because the slow cooker has an automatic shut-off timer on it. In the summer, I use the slow cooker on our side porch, to keep the house from getting warm.
It takes longer if I cook something in the slow cooker that’s cold to begin with. Whenever I put something cold into the slow cooker, I think, how it’s really too bad I can’t pre-heat my slow cooker.
You cannot pre-heat your slow cooker if it has a ceramic liner. I learned this the hard way. I thought I’d save time and warm up the slow cooker before I placed the ceramic liner inside and guess what happened? The ceramic liner cracked. And broke.
Do you think the company makes ceramic replacement liners that fit my size slow cooker? No.
Do you think anyone in my neighborhood Google group had the same size ceramic liner? No. But one of my neighbors, bless her little reuse heart, had to get rid of her electric slow cooker because the electric part stopped working and she thought she could reuse the ceramic part. Her ceramic part did not fit my electric part but at least we tried.
So, yes, I broke down and bought a new electric slow cooker. Yes, it’s bigger – of course it is – I bought it at Costco. Costco had the best price around on electric slow cookers and I got a rebate.
Weekly Meal Plan
This meal plan is from Monday, October 8, 2012 to Sunday, October 14, 2012.
Monday: sauteed garbanzo beans with sage and roasted cauliflower
Tuesday: pan seared fish, quinoa, green salad
Wednesday: pinto bean and cheese burritos with fresh tomato salsa
Thursday: oven roasted whole chicken, quinoa, green salad
Friday: pan fried salmon patty sandwiches with fresh tomato slices
Saturday: dinner at our friend’s house
Sunday: whole wheat pasta with pesto, Italian sausages, green salad
The fresh tomatoes from our garden are slowing down. I love having fresh tomatoes in the garden. They taste so much better when they’re just picked.
My son made dinner on Sunday night and free-lanced on the sausages by cutting them and opening the casings and mixed the spiced-pork sausage into the pasta with pesto. I love it when my kids come up with their own ways of cooking a meal and I just get to sit back and enjoy it. My daughter did not make dinner this week. She went to Justin Bieber’s concert on Monday evening and was exhausted the entire week. She helped cook and clean-up several times this week all while humming her favorite tune by Justin, “Baby, baby…”
What’s for dinner at your house this week?
Go Gingham related links:
More meal plan ideas are here
Homemade pesto – that can be made and frozen
Sour cream chipotle sauce that is an excellent dip
How we keep food waste to a minimum
Confessions of a leftover food lover – that would be me!
Take the night off and let your kids cook dinner every week