What would you do? Grab something from Mickie-D’s? Eat sandwiches? Heat up chicken nuggets? Skip dinner, and go right to dessert?
I’ve done that before, but dinner is family time in our home. We like to eat a good meal and enjoy some good conversation. Earlier in the day, I had planned to make stew (to take advantage of the stew meat on sale at my local Wal-mart), but, like it often does, life takes over and, before I knew it, it was after 5 pm with no dinner in sight!
With some dishes, it’s not a big deal. But stew needs to “stew” for at least 2 1/2 -3 hours, so the meat is nice and tender. My youngest goes to bed at 7:30, which meant there wasn’t time for our stew to “stew.” Not if I wanted him to eat and be in bed on time. (Which I do, because he is a GROUCH if he does not get enough sleep!) No biggie. I whipped out my pressure cooker and used it to speed up the cooking process. Come along! You can cook right along with me.
Kind of makes you want a pressure cooker*, doesn’t it? I made dinner for under $10. It fed four people (2 adults, 1 teenager, and 1 12-yr old) with leftovers for my oldest son when he gets home from work and leftovers for lunch tomorrow. McDonald’s would have cost us at least $13, and that would be with the super cheap mini meals, which are no where near as satisfying, and don’t even think about leftovers!
$10 = at least 2 meals for a 5 people VS $13 = 1 small meal for 4 people
Pressure cooking wins, hands down!
What’s your favorite “get dinner ready quick” tip?