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Make delicious home-cooked meals, stop snacking and give yourself the gift of time.

For many of us, evening time (right after work) can be prime snacking time. We’re tired, we’re hungry and it’s so easy to reach for those snacks that we may regret later. Having dinner ready and waiting when you get home is a great way to avoid extra snacking. Plus, there really is nothing quite like coming home after a long day to a nutritious and delicious meal, already made!

Here are a just a few of our favorite recipes:

Crock-Pot Chicken Marbella

Serves 4

4 chicken thighs
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano
salt & pepper to taste
1/8 cup red wine vinegar
1/8 cup olive oil
1/4 cup pitted prunes
1/8 cup pitted Spanish green olives
1/8 cup capers with a bit of juice
2 bay leaves
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white wine
1/8 cup parsley or cilantro, finely chopped

In crock pot combine chicken, garlic, oregano, pepper and course salt to taste, vinegar, olive oil, prunes, olives, capers and juice and bay leaves. Sprinkle with brown sugar and pour white wine around them.

Chicken is done when thigh pieces, pricked with a fork at their thickest, yield clear yellow (rather than pink) juice. Usually 4-6 hours.

With a slotted spoon transfer chicken, prunes, olives and capers to serving platter. Moisten with a few spoonfuls of pan juices and sprinkle generously with parsley or cilantro. Pass remaining pan juices in a sauceboat.

To serve Chicken Marbella cold, cool to remove temperate in cooking juices before transferring to a serving platter. If chicken has been covered and refrigerated, allow it to return to room temperature before serving. Spoon some of the reserved juice over the chicken.

Crock Pot Pork Loin

Makes dinner for two, with leftovers for lunch.
Approximate cooking time: 7 hours

Ingredients
1-1/2 lb pork loin
1 (16 oz) can tomato sauce
2 medium (6″-8″) zucchini, sliced
1 head cauliflower, separated into medium florets
1-2 Tbs dried basil
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt (optional)

Instructions

Add all of the ingredients to a large crock pot.

Cook on low for 6-7 hours.

 

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