Let’s talk about National Men Make Dinner Day! That is the day that we are supposed to allow the man in the house to take on that scary room called the kitchen! Meant solely for those guys who only step foot in the kitchen for a beer, this holiday not only teaches a whole new skill, but gives the woman in the house a nice break!
In honor of the day, I put together 10 savory crock pot recipes, because a crock pot makes life so much easier for everyone!
Yes, it is an official holiday, with an official website. You can find it here. The National Men Make Dinner Day website includes the official rules and lots of other fun facts. Be sure to check it out!
So, I thought, what could my husband make? You see these two rules threw me a bit:
Rule #3: Man, completely un-aided, chooses a ‘published’ recipe from any source, or Internet. Getting the recipe from ‘her’ cookbooks is allowed, but man gets bonus points if the recipe isn’t already somewhere in the house.
Rule #4: Main meal must include minimum of 4 ingredients and require at least one cooking utensil other than a fork.
Then it occurred to me. What about a crock pot? Safe; no burning the house down; and easy to do! So here are 10 crock pot recipes to show off to the hubby in honor of the day!
Did you know? Crock Pots have been around since 1971. After more than thirty years on the market, these great kitchen appliances are still very popular in many households around the world.
Handy Tip: For best results, a slow cooker should be between half and two thirds full.
Try to resist the temptation to open the lid during the cooking process. Each peek you take will add an additional 15 to 20 minutes of cooking time! Also curb your urge to stir; it’s usually not necessary.
Handy Tip: For high altitude cooking, add an additional 30 minutes for each hour of time specified in the recipe. Legumes take about twice as long as they would at sea level.
Fat retains heat better than water, so fattier foods, like meat, will cook faster than less fatty foods, like vegetables. For more even cooking, trim excess fat off of meats. If you’re cooking a dish with both meat and root vegetables, place the vegetables on the bottom and sides of the insert and put the meat on top.
Handy Tip: Dairy products, like sour cream, milk or yogurt, tend to break down in the slow cooker. To prevent this, add them during the last 15 minutes of cooking.
Ready to put the man to work? Don’t forget rule #12!
Rule #12: After meal, table is cleared by man, dishwasher is loaded. Man returns to table for stimulating after-dinner conversation. At this point, man is told how much his meal was appreciated. He, in turn, describes the joys and challenges of the experience. He is given a hug, and his TV remote is returned to him.
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