October 11 to 15, 2021: Five Meals Best Cooked Low and Slow

Yes, weeknights are busy and hectic, which is why you usually tend to seek out recipes that take 30 minutes or less to get to the dinner table. However, meals that take hours to simmer just come out tasting richer and cozier. So we’ve got a few meal ideas that you can make on the weekend and enjoy during the week ahead or, if you happen to work remotely, you can let cook while you sit at your desk.

Monday: Roast Chicken with Herbes Salées and Vegetable Couscous

A roast chicken is often a saviour when it comes to weeknight cooking. But instead of picking up a bird at the supermarket on a Monday evening, take the extra time and opt for roasting two birds on a Sunday. That way, you can enjoy it with a side of couscous and vegetables at the start of the week. And use any extras to make a chicken and rice soup or a Buffalo chicken salad.

Tuesday: Easy and Inexpensive Roast Beef

If you’re looking for an easy and inexpensive meal idea, try this aptly named roast beef. It takes a couple of hours to cook, but it is very much worth the wait! Simply start cooking dinner a bit earlier than you normally would if you can, or make it over the weekend and enjoy either with a side of mashed potatoes and veggies, or in a sandwich.

Wednesday: Sweet and Savoury Braised Pork

Got a busy day of remote work ahead? Let the slow cooker do the heavy lifting. Simply brown the pork and simmer the sauce in the morning, and then let your appliance do the rest. Your reward is the aroma of this Thai-inspired pork wafting throughout your home. Best of all? This recipe freezes well, too.

Thursday: Squash and Lentil Curry

Yes, the slow cooker continues to be the ultimate kitchen ally during the colder months. Craving a cozy, fragrant curry? Simply dump all your ingredients into the slow cooker, let it cook low and slow, and then simply forget it while you focus on your busy workload. Six hours later, dinner is served.

Friday: Spaghetti Sauce (The Best)

Friday night is pasta night! While you can always reach for a jar of pasta sauce to go with your noodles, enjoying a homemade version just feels different. Make this comforting meat sauce over the weekend, freeze it in zip-top bags and then thaw and reheat whenever the family is clamouring for a plate.