When my nephew moved into an apartment after high school, he felt the pinch of not always having enough money to make ends meet. He complained about sometimes having to eat Ramen noodles just to make rent.
He’s not alone in his experience. Many young adults with limited income face a similar situation after moving out of their parents’ house, and they realize how quickly their bills eat up their paycheck.
My nephew also shared his goal to a eat better and live a healthier lifestyle.
Listening to him tell me all of this information helped me come up with the perfect gift for him!
I decided to purchase him a Programmable Slow Cooker. After double-checking that he didn’t already have one, I told him why I wanted to get him one, and I explained all of the wonderful benefits. Let me summarize them.
- Save time. No need to stand next to the stove top stirring or flipping.
- Save money. Easily cook large quantities of food so that there’s plenty of leftovers or to freeze and eat at a later date. Slow cookers also transform cheaper cuts of meat into juicy, tender and flavorful dishes.
- Easily cook vegetables in with the meat to make healthy dishes.
- Set it and forget it since programmable slow cookers automatically switch to warm after they’re done cooking on low or high.
For a “thoughtful twist,” I included with his Programmable Slow Cooker a few of my favorite easy peasy slow cooker recipes to get him started cooking with it. Like this one!
EASY PEASY TACO SOUP RECIPE
- 1 lb hamburger meat
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 cans Ranch Style beans
- 1 can whole kernel corn (drained)
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 2 cans tomato sauce
- 2 cans tomato sauce cans of water
- 1 can Rotel
- 1 pkg taco seasoning
- 1 pkg ranch dressing mix
Brown meat and onions. Add all ingredients to slow cooker. Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours. Serve with cheese and tortilla chips or cornbread.
A Programmable Slow Cooker makes a great gift for birthdays, Christmas, housewarming parties, weddings and graduations.
The smells of slow cooking spread around the house and impart a unique warmth matched only by the flavor of the food. – Yotam Ottolenghi