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    Why is it that you want one-pot? Is it that you want easy to make food thats not messy in the kitchen? Because you have 3 littles and dont have the energy or enthusiasm to spend time in the kitchen?

    And does pasta or rice cooked selarately still count as *more than one*?
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    I can't cook in more than one thing at a time without screwing it all up. And yes, I hate dishes. I'm a really bad timer. Like soup and grilled cheese. Two things. Either the sandwiches get burned or the soup is cold. I'm like the worst cook.
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

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    Did you get those silpat baking sheet liners?

    About once a month I sneak in *sausageinnabun* to DH - I take puff pastry or even those crescent rolls that come in a tube of dough, and wrapt it around some of those pretentious sausages from costco (I say pretentious, but its like Chicken Sausage with apparagus and snooty cheese).
    Throw em in the oven for 15-20 mins, and you can pretend its fair food.

    Then its just an easy wipe of the silmat and no mess.

    I remember when I had the baby, I couldnt manage more than the simplest one-course meals. We did a lot of frozen lasagne, enchiladas, and skillet meals, too. They werent particularly good, but we got through it.
    I certainly couldnt have done the fussy recipes I used to play around with, chopping, sauteeing, stirring, basting, tending.... I wanted recinpes where I just put it all in at once, then came back to it when it was time to serve it up.

    What about gringo *spaniah rice* - ground beef, can or two of flavored diced tomatoes, onions n peppers if you have energy, some spices, rice, and cook for 20 mins?

    ETA: And what about pizzas? Throw toppings on that, no mess. Just a pizza stone in your oven.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TFZ View Post
    I can't cook in more than one thing at a time without screwing it all up. And yes, I hate dishes. I'm a really bad timer. Like soup and grilled cheese. Two things. Either the sandwiches get burned or the soup is cold. I'm like the worst cook.
    Me too. That is why if I am cooking, I use the crock-pot. Throw everything in, let it cook. I may need to cook some pasta or rice to go with it and that is it.
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    We do a lot of beans and rice. Pasta all the time. I forgot about those mats. I had it on my Amazon list and they sold out or something. I'll look again. I make baked chicken breast, stuff like that. Try to stay healthy, but it just is so blah. Tuna melts on English muffins. Egg sandwiches. I'm like a low budget diner.

    I love pizza and have a nice recipe for dough that I made once, but damn you gotta remember to make it like three hours beforehand. The store crusts are too many calories for not enough food. Dieting is hard. When we eat pizza now I'm usually grumpy after because I'm still hungry.

    I swear I will teach these children how to cook. Just trying to learn myself.
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

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    The reason I out the crock pot away was because DH finally admitted that he didn't like what I was cooking. I was a little deflated. I put the effort in, I swear. Chicken is just naturally dry.
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

    I gather all kinds of secular homeschool resources and share them at TheHomeschoolResourceRoom.com.

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    I'd suggest soups, but you're in Florida, and that might not be something you want to do. I could do soups everyday, but I'm alone on that one. Talk about low budget.....my mom always had a pot of soup on the stove or in the fridge. There were 5 of us, and at one point it was 4 teenage boys. "You're hungry? Get some soup!" Usually beef veggie, but we had it all....so cheap too. When I was due with my first DS, my mom flew out and the first thing I did was take her to the grocery store to get the ingredients.....but I digress. And you don't need sandwiches, just have bread of crackers even!!!

    How about salads....NO COOKING! I love a chef salad Kids can pick what they want and make their own at the table.
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    My hubby had the same reaction to crock pot meals. He just didnt like them, either. We had maybe 3 recipes at the time he would eat, and I gave up and crock pot away. And they were work, searing the food and precooking, nothing sasy.
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    Yes, salads for when it is warm outside!

    There are so many ways to make up a salad so it stays interesting. For the whole summer, we have salads or antipasto for dinner. The antipasto is usually different kinds of crackers, cheeses, lunchmeats and the small marinated vegetables. We rotate the kinds we use to keep it interesting. We do lots of cold sandwiches too.

    Very little prep.

    Here are some I like:
    Chef salad egg, ham, tomatoes, avocado, cheese
    Italian-style chef salad egg, salami, olives, avocado, mozzarella or parmesan cheese
    Taco salad beans and/or ground beef, avocado/guac, tomatoes, black olives, cheddar or mex-mix shredded cheese, green onions, cabbage, sour cream, salsa, tortilla chips
    Spanish salad with either cranberries, candies pecans, blue cheese, apple slices.
    Cobb salad

    Keep a variety of crumbled and shredded cheeses: blue and feta, as well as mdx-style, cheddar, mozzarella and parmesan
    I also have pre-sliced cheddar and swiss for sandwiches


    I will mix in a variety of marinated veg to change things up. Artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, different kinds of olives, asparagus, spicy green beans. These can all be rotated in to salads or antipasto night.

    Add dips are also good and many dips can easily use veggies instead of chips.


    I buy a roasted chicken from the market and slice it up for salads too.
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    What's the deal with hard boiled eggs? Do you buy pickled eggs? Peeling them is such a pain. I used to love them before kids, but now I have to peel eight damn eggs every time.

    I do love a chef salad. Do your kids eat them?
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

    I gather all kinds of secular homeschool resources and share them at TheHomeschoolResourceRoom.com.

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