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I grew up with frequent Sunday dinners. You know the ones with roasted vegetables, fresh bread and roast beef or chicken.
Who in this day in age has time to cook like that?All of us.
Yes all of us with a little help from a few kitchen appliances can bring back Sunday dinner.
For several months now our family has enjoyed a home cooked meal of chicken, veggies and fresh baked bread and honestly it is one of the simplest hands off dinners I make.
It starts with our 2 crock pots and our 2 bread machines. If you don’t have two of each don’t worry the plan can be altered to make due with just one of each.
A Simple Sunday Dinner That Practically Makes Itself
The first thing I do is get our largest crock pot out and then grab the chicken out of the fridge. After unwrapping and rinsing off the chicken I place it in the crock pot breast up and pour 1 generous cup of water with a teaspoon of better than bullion chicken stalk mixed in.
I then generously sprinkle to top of the chicken with black pepper, garlic and poultry seasoning. With the chicken seasoned I turn the crock pot on high for about 4 hours.
Once the chicken has been cooking for about 1 hour I drag my nose out of whatever book I am reading (reading is a favorite Sunday activity of mine) and put the ingredients for Jack’s White Bread in both our bread machines and put them on .
I then go back to cuddling up with a blanket and a good book.
At the time the chicken has been in the crock pot for 2 1/2 hours I get my nose out of my book again and wander in the kitchen to fill our small crock pot up with veggies. Usually red potatoes cut into bite sized pieces and carrots cut into 1 inch long pieces.
If you don’t have another crock pot I suppose you could just throw them down the sides and end of the chicken and allow them all to cook together…..but we do so this is what I do.
I get out the smaller crock pot we use for hot cheese dip and other sauces and fill it with the freshly cut veggies I then put a teaspoon of better than bullion chicken mix in a cup of water and stir it in with some minced garlic and pepper. I then pour that mixture over the vegetables and place it on high for 2 hours.
At this point I can walk away and let it all cook for another 2 hours. Which is time enough to enjoy a good portion of whatever book I have on the go, or take one of those Sunday afternoon naps I cherish.
2 hours later, I grab the finished loaves of bread out of our bread machines and slice it while my husband takes the meat of the chicken. The children set the table and we place the yummy dinner out for everyone to enjoy.
My total time spent in the kitchen is well under an hour and the food is amazing. Best part we normally have enough leftover chicken for another family meal such as chicken & stuffing bake or chicken pot pie. We also have bread left, although it tends to go missing by bed time.
Check out my couponing tips page for ideas of how to save money on the ingredients for Sunday dinner.