I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for quick and easy recipes.
When I say ‘always looking,’ I don’t mean that I spend a ton of time researching this, but rather that I am always open and ready to new recipe suggestions that don’t take up much of my time.
Cooking has always been something that I’ve enjoyed, but it isn’t something that I always have time for.
With three small children, there are nights where all of a sudden it’s dinner time, and I haven’t the slightest idea what I’m going to feed everyone.
Some people might say, ‘well go grocery shopping then.’
See, that isn’t the problem, though.
There are plenty of things in the fridge to make. Fresh fruits, veggies, etc, etc. There’s no lack of healthy food, it’s just the lack of time that sometimes gets in the way of healthy food, causing a lack of healthy, cooked, food.
There’s no way we are the only ones that fall prey to this problem.
The solution that I have found, at least for about eighty percent of the time, is to plan ahead. Again, let me stress, not all of the time.
Things come up, that’s just life. Dinner plans change, schedules move around, and sometimes you are destined for a cereal-for-dinner night.
Which is actually the meal of choice for our kids. I guess there’s just something about cereal.
Back to the easy and quick thought process here.
With the Holiday season well underway, I am not just looking for dinner ideas for our weekly family dinners, but also for things that I can make for a crowd if needed.
Things that stretch quite a ways and taste like they took more effort than they did.
One dish that I tried recently was slow cooked cinnamon sugar carrots.
I have tried a few carrot recipes, but this one is the winner so far. The least effort by a long shot, and these carrots were perfectly tender, with just a little bit of sweet flavor. Nothing overwhelming, like honey glaze can sometimes be.
This recipe could be served with multiple main dishes.
It’s also one of those recipes that’s good for you, but tastes like a total comfort food. I could almost pick this over mac and cheese.
We won’t get carried away here, though…
Its good, okay?
We will just leave it at that.
It’s also something that kids like. Or at least my kids do. I have learned that there is no point whatsoever in comparing kids.
Kids have all their weird little quirks that make up their own individual personality, and many of these quirks are food related.
On the other hand, when three out of three kids like something… that’s a pretty good approval rating.
I’m not going to try and convince you to make this anymore. I will say that I am going to endeavor to find even more easy side dishes for the holidays, and complete slow cooker meals to share with all of you.
Stay tuned and stay warm!
As always, thanks for reading, and happy cooking from HBK!
Cinnamon Sugar Slow Cooker Carrots
- 2 pounds baby carrots
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger, optional
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Spray inside of 4-quart slow cooker with no stick cooking spray. Add carrots and melted butter; toss to coat. Cover.
- Cook on HIGH 3 to 4 hours or until tender.
- Meanwhile, mix brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger and salt in small bowl until well blended. Toss cooked carrots with brown sugar mixture in slow cooker just before serving.
Recipe from McCormick.com