I don’t know about you guys but ever since the economic crisis hit in full force (and Tom lost his job) we are trying to look at ways to reduce the costs. Budget shopping is not my strongest point but there are other things you can do to reduce the amount of money spend on household items such as gas or electricity. A few of those are no-brainers maybe but I thought I’ll just give you a couple of recipes that will save you money on your gas- and electricity bill. (well maybe not straight away but in the long run it’s the small things that matter!)
The recipes shown here are golden oldies but it never hurts to repeat a few favorites right?
Slow cookers, often called Crock-Pots, have long been known to be economical, time-saving treasures that allow a family to enjoy delicious, home-cooked meals. Most slow cooker recipes call for most, if not all, of the ingredients to be added into the cooker at one time, which means less cooking on the stove top or oven, fewer pots and pans that you have to clean, less water consumption, and less dish detergent consumption. Also, slow cookers rarely pose a major fire hazard, which is another plus. They emit no smoke and give off no fumes, aside from the delicious aromas of whatever it is you’re cooking in them. Dual slow cookers are also available, which are made in a steam-table fashion and hold two pots full of food instead of one, in a single device. This will allow for the cooking of meats as well as potatoes and/or vegetables, or any other food combinations you can think of. Aside from that I love my slowcooker! It’s so convenient to just ad all the ingredients in and come home to a cooked meal. Check out one of my favorite dishes using a slowcooker; Chicken, peanut and potato stew.
With casseroles the principle is quite similar to using a slow cooker. Depending on the actual dish it usually involves putting all the ingredients into one baking dish, putting it in the oven and just waiting for whatever time it takes to cook the dish. That not only saves on your gas by not having to put multiple pans and pots on the stove but since most casseroles are easy, they would not require a knife and can be eaten by just a fork or spoon, cutting down on the amount of dirty dishes… Well maybe that is a tiny bit far fetched but you get the idea right?
Obviously for this one you’d need something called a summer…. Maybe I shouldn’t be complaining as today seems to at least end fairly well (it started with lots of rain!) But let’s face it; everyone really does love a barbecue right? And what’s even more important firing up that outdoor grill will cost you no electricity whatsoever and I’ve been told that charcoal is a natural, biodegradable element. More importantly you can cook several pieces of food on the same grill (provided ofcourse that it is big enough) so there is no need to generate electricity from using multiple pots and pans. This delicious Moroccan dish is perfect for a summer picnic..
The Wave of the Future
According to www.texaselectricityproviders.com, there are several ways in which you can help the environment by adopting eco-friendly behaviors, or “going green.” Just as with cooking, there are countless other ways in which you can make a difference in the world we live in. The time to act is now, for the future is now.