One of my friends divorced in the spring of 2008. She is diabetic, but she doesn't go see Doctors because of a lack of insurance, so she controls it with diet and she appears to do a very good job. She currently eats mostly meat and vegetables, no sugars, bread, crackers or alcohol. About the time-frame, of her divorce, she landed a job in Downtown Atlanta three days a week, which means about an hour + commute to drive in and then pick up either a bus or MARTA (metro Atlanta rapid transit authority
) to downtown.
Point being: she doesn't have a lot of time to cook. Also, her teenage son graduated HS and has gone away to college, so she is home alone. This translates to: not much reason to cook.
For the Holiday Season this past year, I bought her a "crock pot". (also called a Slow Cooker
It had an insert inside the box with some recipies and I printed up a couple of my favorites and she is now a Crock Pot Queen! She can slap the ingredients together the night before, assemble them into the crockpot in the morning (or do it the night before and leave it in the fridge
) plug it all in and off to work she goes! The next evening, she can remove it from the fridge, plug it in and do all of her property chores (livestock feeding
) and when she comes in she can have a shower and then dinner is all warmed up and ready for her and she can eat and relax before going to bed instead of having to cook.
I love my Crock Pot. Many times my health problems prevent me from standing at a stove for any length of time and the crockpot turns out some great meals with very little effort. Most of the foods can be served in different ways (in a plate/bowl, in a tortilla, in a pita bread or shredded for sandwiches
) AND if it is too much food to eat too many times in a row...many of the recipe end-products are freezable into individual serving size ziplock bags for quick/easy meals later on!
Give it a try and see if it is something you may like...