In keeping with my plans on living a healthier lifestyle, I have gathered a few new cookbooks for my collection. One of these is a Crockpot cookbook filled with simple and fairly healthy meals. I like healthy and I am soooo in favor of simple. With the exception of Thanksgiving, if I can’t throw dinner together with a minimum amount of effort, cost, and time, I’m not going to cook. When I saw this Crockpot cookbook and managed to snag it (with coupons and special offers) for less than $10 on Amazon.com I knew that I would soon be dragging the Crockpot out of the basement. While there are definite pros for Crockpot cooking there are some cons, too.
For the last three days I have made simple recipes and let the Crockpot do the work. First up was a ham and pinto beans concoction of my own. Uh-oh guess who was out of Beano? Later that evening, while on the couch with EmmaLou, Golden Destroyer, watching some tv she turned around, gave me a hateful look and got off the couch. She subsequently left the room entirely. Oops. My bad. Devoted Spouse was on the other side of the room in a fog all his own. My friend @auntchrisbronx on Twitter would have Tweeted this as a #cheesecutters moment no doubt.
Next I made a vegetarian curry w/garbanzo beans – an okay meal, but no prize winner. Although it was full of yummy veggies and plenty of curry, coriander, cayenne and other spices, it just wasn’t flavorful enough. Sorry Crockpot cookbook, next time I need to play around with that recipe before I make it. Unfortunately, this meal had pretty much the same result as the ham and pinto beans. EmmaLou left in disgust. And, that’s saying a lot because this dog is queen of the silent and deadly vinegar toots. Those puppies sneak up on you and literally take your breath away, while she lays there sleeping contentedly. She left me. I just snickered. Payback’s a b*tch, EmmaLou.
Tonight on the agenda is Salsa Chicken – this time with black beans. So far, all the menus this week contain beans. I’m thinking I should have planned these menus with a little more thought on my part. I don’t know what may happen later tonight but I’m hoping the foundation of this house is sturdy – heaven knows the water pipes are getting a workout.
Luckily, Devoted Spouse made a Sam’s run the other day because there has been a “run” on the usage of toilet paper in this household and we may be in for another couple of days of, how shall I put it? Ahhh… fiber disposal. Yeah – we’re flushing like nobody’s business and I can’t wait to see the quarterly water bill. I’m afraid they may call us to make sure we don’t have a leak somewhere. Then again the water folks love people who eat beans.
By the time I’m done with this week’s Crockpot experiment, we may have no, ummm, intestinal fortitude left. My doctor tells me a clean colon is a happy colon. I may loan him my Crockpot cookbook.