Thursday, January 26, 2017

It's Time To Purchase A Second Crock-Pot. One For Us. One For The Kids.

I love my crock-pot and use it quite a bit during the cold weather months to make soups, stews, meatballs, and other scrumptious slow cook dinners. Our kids love meals that have been simmered in the crock-pot. These meals consist of lean meats and lots of vegetables. As of late, I've run into a dilemma of sorts. After my latest batch of beef stew, I've come to the conclusion that I need to get a second crock-pot.

Lisa loves my beef stew. However, the beef stew I make isn't pup friendly because of certain ingredients like onions and sage.

The other day, I made it without the onions and sage so our kids could feast on it too for dinner. Lisa said it was good, but it wasn't as good as the original.

I wasn't offended. Not at all.

Crock-pot meals are much different than the baked goods I alter to make them both pup and human friendly. With the baked goods, I can easily eliminate and replace certain ingredients without having an impact on the final product. For example, I've eliminated nutmeg from all of my recipes and replaced it with extra cinnamon. Or, I've used plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.

Crock-pot meals are more challenging whether it's beef stew or chicken noodle soup. Onions and heavy doses of spices and herbs are necessary when making these meals.

If eliminated, the final product is worlds away from the original version.

So, I've come to the conclusion that I need to get a second crock-pot. One for us. One for the kids. I like the idea of being able to simmer lean meats and vegetables for the kids to enjoy for their meals. And, at the same time, I can make my much loved originals.

Problem solved.

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