Summertime trick: Use your crockpot to make egg custard and flan. It doesn't heat up your kitchen like the oven does. Put several cups of water in a large crockpot and set your casserole dish with the custard in the water. Cook on high for 3 hours.
Cook once, eat twice...or six times.
When you grill a steak, cook an extra one. Use it for beef stroganoff, beef and blue salad, etc. Do the same with chicken, Always cook a double or triple portion, then use the extra for chinese chicken salad, coq au vin, curried chicken, chicken alfredo, etc.
If you cook a roast, get a BIG one. Divide it up into meal sized portions and freeze them for future meals. Cook double recipes in your crockpot and freeze one for later. It doesn't take any more work to cook a large portion than a small one, and will make easy meals for those busy days.
Some Handy Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts.
Let someone else do the cooking!
I use the large sized rotisserie chickens (3-4 lb) available at Costco or Sam’s Club, or as “family size” from Walmart for many recipes. (The grocery store ones are usually only 1.5 lbs.) I can get four meals for two people from one of the large chickens. The first night we have the hind quarters, either just as roast chicken, or as Coq au Vin or other “made” recipe. I then break down the carcass into two breast halves and the rest of the bird, which I put in the Crockpot overnight. Next morning I pick off the meat and strain the broth for chicken noodle soup, or pot pie, or whatever. Each breast half will make two chicken salads, or chicken Alfredo, or chicken curry, etc. for two people.
Sometimes I can find 10 lb bags of chicken hindquarters on sale. I toss them all in the Crockpot and pick off the meat and freeze it.
I freeze the broth in ice cube trays, then pack in bags or vacuum pack. That way I can add a “chicken cube” to veggies for added flavor or use it for gravy.
Many recipes call for breadcrumbs. If you don’t make your own low carb bread, use a low carb tortilla. Run it in a blender or food processor until it is cut into fine crumbs. It's great for toppings, meatloaf, etc.
Thin crust pizza.
You can also use the low carb tortillas for pizza crusts, and to make cheese crisps or wraps.
Real men DO eat quiche.
Quiches don't have to have a crust! Make them in a regular pie plate and slice them and serve them just like you would a quiche with a crust. The eggs hold together just fine.
No fuss frittatas
Make frittatas instead of omelettes...they are much easier. Just stir all your filling ingredients right into the eggs and cook covered until the eggs are set. Sprinkle a little shredded cheese on top and serve.