Lazybum Recipes: Crockpot Winter Vegetable Soup

Do you know what I like? I like crockpots. They allow me to put in a mere 5-30 minutes’ effort in the morning, and then I feel like the most magnificent of chefs in the evening when there’s a delicious dinner already hot and prepared.

Here’s a very easy crockpot pseudo-recipe that I like to do during wintertime. It evolved from this recipe for Slow Cooker Winter Vegetable Stew, but in its current state, it has diverged away from its stew origins into a very simple, relatively nutritious, big ol’ splash of soup.

This is not a recipe of “use exactly these proportions upon pain of death;” instead, it’s more of a recipe of “go find some nice vegetables and then put them into broth.” Every time I cook this, it’s almost entirely improvisational. Read More

Lazybum Recipes: Rosemary-Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

Do you know about freezer cooking? I’ve only just discovered that it is A Real Thing You Can Do With Food, and I’m very excited about it. It’s exactly what it sounds like: you prepare a meal (sometimes cooking it beforehand, sometimes just assembling all the ingredients) and then stick in the freezer, so that you have easy, balanced dinners on hand whenever you need them. It’s brilliant. (It may seem obvious to those of you who are cook-minded, but I distinctly am not.)

Here’s one freezer meal recipe that I tried and enjoyed. It’s ridiculously easy, and it is darn delicious. Here’s what you do: take chicken. Slice vegetables. Plop on oil & stuff. Put in bags. Freeze. The end. It’s like magic. Read More