When you have an infant or toddler life can get very hectic so every shortcut in cleaning or anything else helps. I have found that shortcuts and time management are both lifesavers for me with having a toddler. So here are some handy around the house tips that help save me a lot of time.
Cook simple meals. These can often be the healthiest. If you enjoy cooking more complicated meals, set aside one or two nights a week for those, and cook more simply the remainder of the week. When considering new recipes, set your own guidelines for selecting them. For example, decide you won't select any recipe that has more than eight ingredients, or any ingredient that will require a trip to a specialty store. Dust off and use your slow cooker. You can find many healthy slow cooker slow cooker stewing beef recipes online.
braising steak is one of the most economical types of beef. When properly cooked it is fork-tender and melts in the mouth. For a hearty beef stew, chop the steak into bite-sized cubes. Fry in a little oil until browned. Add to a pot with beef stock, garlic, herbs and seasoning. Simmer for an hour and a half. Add chopped vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, onions and mushrooms. Simmer for another half hour. Stir in a flour and butter mixture to thicken the gravy.
Growing your own herbs is a fourth way to be a frugal cook. If you are using less flavorful cuts of meat herbs slow cooker stewing steak and spices can go a long way to boost the flavor so you should make good use of them. Since herbs can be a very expensive item to purchase at the grocery store, you'll want to consider growing your own. Most can be easily grown in a summer garden and then dried for later use or grown on kitchen window sills.
Slow cookers are versatile and well suited to turn out a menu for any occasion and any taste from the homely family dish to classy party fare. Almost any recipe can be adapted to use in a slow cooker.
As for those non cooks who still have a kitchen and refrigerator, a holiday serving platter with home made cookies, muffins stewing beef easy recipe/or breads on it is sure to be appreciated. Also fun magnets are always great stocking stuffers!