Crafting great meals every night of the week can be a challenge for even the best of home cooks which is why Rachael Ray® cookware and her creative recipes are so helpful; they address the way many modern families eat. Making dinner from scratch every night is not all that realistic for many busy families but prepared foods from the supermarket can be costly. A few strategic purchases make it possible to assemble meals at home without starting from scratch; rotisserie chicken is one good example.
Roasting a whole bird is an ambitious goal and many folks just don’t have the time or the inclination. You can pick up a good quality rotisserie chicken and reap the benefits from almost every part of the bird. The first meal can be the rotisserie chicken as purchased; additional meals can be crafted from the leftovers. Get creative – shred leftover chicken to make chicken tacos or barbeque chicken sandwiches; cut up chicken pieces to make chicken salad or chicken pot pie; take any remaining chicken along with the carcass and boil it with celery and onions to make a tasty chicken stock or soup.
Roasting a pork shoulder is another way to get a lot of meals for the money; this is something that can easily be done by even an amateur cook. Put the pork shoulder in a roasting pan; place it in an oven which has been pre-heated to 300 degrees and let the pork shoulder roast for three or more hours. The result is plenty of pork which can be served with apples and sauerkraut for one meal; the balance can be repurposed over the next several days. Make shredded pork barbecue sandwiches, pork and beans, pork tacos and more. The meals can also be frozen for future use.
Cooking with a wok is one way to whip up quick and easy meals that are healthy and delicious; most meals can be made in twenty minutes or less. Since cleaning and cutting vegetables takes up most of the preparation time you can skip this step and simply use either frozen vegetables or pre-cut fresh vegetables from the supermarket. You may also be able to get pre-cubed meat or poultry chunks which make it easy to pull together a stir fry meal in a flash. There are electric woks along with woks designed for use on a stove top; most feature a non-stick lining to make cooking and cleanup easy. Take a look online to see what’s available – www.bedbathandbeyond.com has a pretty good selection.