It's really hard to cook balanced meals everyday. I mean, you want the home-cooked dinner, but it's hard to get motivated some days when life is pulling you in a million different directions. But, it's also way too easy to pick up fast food with their excess calories and unneeded carbs to fill the stomach. And for older persons living alone, the frozen food options they often eat do not provide enough nutrition.
I think that's why the crock pot has become a mainstay at my house and why I like to share crock pot recipes. If you can prep things in advance (even the night before and refrigerate until the morning)--you can set it on "low" and walk into a house filled with home-cooked fragrances...the best potpourri.
Would you like to walk into your house and have all the fragrances of an old-fashioned meat loaf dinner (without excess carbs!) with little effort on your part?
Then try this recipe for "MEAT LOAF STEW"--I think I might even be able to get my mother to make it and freeze leftovers in containers she can pull out and microwave for future dinners.
2 lb ground beef, 1 packet dried onion soup mix, 2 large carrots, 1 potato, 1 cup of chopped spinach or kale, 1/2 cup of frozen peas, 8 oz can of tomato sauce, 1-2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
Meat Loaf Stew
Prep a crock pot with spray oil.
Brown 2 lbs of ground beef until thoroughly cooked through.
Stir 1 packet of dried onion soup mix into the ground beef and then pour the mixture into the crock pot.
Chop 2 carrots.
Dice one potato.
Chop (or defrost) 1 cup of spinach or kale.
Stir the vegetables into the meat mixture.
Stir in 1 (8oz) can of tomato sauce and 1-2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours.
At the end of cooking, stir in ½ cup of frozen peas.