When you work outside the home (well, inside the home, too), weekends become tres precious. This is the time to maybe play catch-up with the laundry, vacuuming, dusting, etc. But, it's the perfect time to bring the family together for dinner, so don't you think EASY ought to be the name of the weekend game?
That said, here's a recipe that racks in rave reviews and is truly easy:
ONE-POT EASY CHICKEN (serves 6)
6-8 medium-sized potatoes, quartered
1-2 large onions sliced
3-5 carrots, cubed
1 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
5 lbs chicken skin and bones removed
1 small onion, chopped
3/4 tsp black pepper
2 tsp whole cloves
2 tsp garlic salt
1 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano (dried could work as well)
1 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 C lemon juice
Mix together potatoes, sliced onions, carrots, 1 tsp garlic salt, and 1/4 tsp black pepper in bottom of slow cooker. Rinse and pat chicken dry. In bowl mix together chopped onions, 3/4 tsp black pepper, cloves, and 2 tsp garlic salt. Dredge chicken in seasonings. Place in slow cooker over vegetables. In small bowl mix together oregano, rosemary, and lemon juice. Pour over chicken. Cover. Cook on low 6-8 hours, or until veggies are soft and chicken juices run clear.
And to round things out and add an extra measure of fun, try this EASY no-bake pie:
EASY NO-BAKE PEANUT BUTTER PIE (serves 6-8, unless I'm at your table, then it serves 2 or 3)
1 deep dish chocolate cookie pie crust (I'd make my own with crushed up Oreos)
4 oz cream cheese
1/2 C peanut butter (I'd go for old-fashioned here)
8 oz frozen non-dairy whipped topping (nope--it'd be real cream, whipped, for me)
1/2 C powdered sugar
1 small box instant vanilla pudding
1 C milk
Chocolate chips and peanuts for garnish
Spread thin layer of peanut butter on bottom of pie crust. Mix cream cheese, powdered sugar, remaining peanut butter, milk and pudding. Fold in whipped topping (or cream, for me). Pour mixture into pie shell. Garnish with chocolate chips and peanuts. Chill overnight and serve.
And besides simplifying life a smidge, EASY recipes are great ways to give kids experience in the kitchen. So let's go the easy route this weekend, so we'll have more time for--you fill in the blanks here. Now do YOU have an EASY recipe you could share? We're all in this together, remember. Until next time, then, here's to making the most of our weekend and at the same time making family dinner hour possible!