I need new ideas

@savypat (20219)
United States
October 19, 2012 1:44pm CST
My Son is coming for a week to help us get the ranch ready for the winter. The problem I have is cooking for him. He is a 52 year old man who is very active in bike riding, so he is on a strict diet for the races he rides. He wants vegitables, meat and fruit. I need to be able to put things in the slow cooker in the morning and then serve on demand later in the day. We are all busy outside during the time he is with us. He wants no bread or other grain products. I have a couple of ideas but then I run out. Any help is welcome
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@mariaperalta (19086)
• Mexico
19 Oct 12
chicken soups are healthy and can be made in crock pot.
@HomeBase (1055)
• United States
19 Oct 12
Crock pot...one of the best things a busy cook can have in the kitchen.
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@GardenGerty (135117)
• United States
20 Oct 12
My crockpot is my friend.
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@HomeBase (1055)
• United States
19 Oct 12
Corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes, carrots. Ox tails and potatoes. Chicken in the crock pot during the day like you said, served with a simple salad of tomatoes and lettuce, with thousand island dressing. Good eating. Fruit salad. Different fruits cut up and put into a large bowl. Squeeze a bit of lemon juice over the top to keep the fruit from turning brown. Seran wrap top of the bowl until ready to serve. Salmon croquettes. Canned Tuna. Bar-B-Que chicken, sweet potatoes.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
20 Oct 12
Stew would be one. Soup would be another. Pot roast I've seen done on tv in a slow cooker with veggies, but it's almost a repeat of stew. I've seen commercials saying go online and there is a shrimp, veggies, pineapple and rice dish that's in a slow cooker. But by grains are you excluding rice, too?
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
20 Oct 12
Can he have seafood?
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@Thoroughrob (11746)
• United States
20 Oct 12
How about chicken pieces with cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots covered in cheese sauce. You can add rice if you like.
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@GemmaR (8520)
20 Oct 12
It is easy to do things in a slow cooker, because the only thing that you have to do is to get meat and some vegetables, put it in there in the morning and then you can easily have it ready by the time that it is time for dinner. You could make things like soup as well and just make sure that it only contains things that he is able to eat. Maybe ask him to make you a list of all of the foods that he is able to eat, as this means that you would be able to know what you could make for him and it might be easier for you to get some ideas this way.
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@zandi458 (28116)
• Malaysia
20 Oct 12
I like to make beef or chicken stews as it is the easiest and the most economical dish. Since I am alone now I don't have to worry of cooking other dishes. I usually cook a pot of stew and have rice with stew for lunch and dinner for a week. Or I have our traditional fish stew. Slices of fish are put in a pot add some turmeric and a kind of sour fruit, salt and little water. Cook on slow fire until the fish bones are soft.
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@GardenGerty (135117)
• United States
20 Oct 12
The total ban on breads and other grains makes this difficult. I see chili in the list, and that is good. Beans and ham is good, but I prefer cornbread with mine. I make egg casseroles, but not in the crock pot. It is basically a crustless quiche. I will use a 9x13 baking dish. Spread a good layer of chopped meat--ham, bacon or sausage or any combination, then I add a good layer of chopped or frozen veggies. Mushrooms, peppers, onions, garlic, fresh or frozen spinach or a combination. Then I put two cups of cheese over all of that. Mix a can of condensed milk and six to eight eggs, a little salt, pepper and about ten drops of hot sauce.Pour the egg mixture over the meat, veggies and cheese and bake it at 350 till firm. We cool and refrigerate this and then cut portions of it and microwave them for breakfast or brunch. It is great with a fruit salad. I cannot think of much that does not have at least some grains in it, except "top your taters"--baked or microwaved potatoes served with meat, broccoli, cheese, etc. on top. I guess traditional spaghetti sauce except use spaghetti squash instead of pasta.
@inertia4 (28192)
• United States
19 Oct 12
Well, the fruit should not be too much of a problem. But for cooking food, well, you could cook stews, roasts, maybe make a vegetable dinner without meat. I understand staying away from breads. Just remember this, with a high protein diet you do need to offset it with vegetable. You could always steam the vegetables in the microwave. Or have him sauté them in the pan with some garlic. For slow cookers, I would guess that any meat would do like chicken, beef, pork, etc... And you could add carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and so on. I am guessing he does not want potatoes, and if he does, add them as well.
@marguicha (173018)
• Chile
19 Oct 12
I like casseroles and stews. I don`t think that stews or casseroles must have potatoes, if it`s out of the diet. But a small cooked potato won`t do any harm either:in slow cooking you don`t have to fry anything. I like my stews with big chunks of carrots, sweet peppers, whole green beans (or frozen green peas), potatoes (he doesn`t have to eat them), eggplant and zuchinni in big chunks. The eggplant and zuchinni will help the meat provide the juicy flavour. I use cheap meats that are not too dry: they will become tender in a sloe cooker.
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@Shar19 (8235)
• United States
19 Oct 12
Hi Pat, I haven't been on in a long time. It's good to hear from you. One of the things you can do is chili in the crockpot. You could do either ground beef with kidney beans or ground turkey with white beans. Also pork chops with BBQ sauce or cream of mushroom soup. You can also do chicken pieces with cream of chicken soup or BBQ sauce, Sesame Ginger marinade. How about a cheese fondue, then you would just have to have pieces of fruit and vegetables on hand to dip into the cheese.
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@dragon54u (31623)
• United States
19 Oct 12
One of my family's favorites has always been when I cut up bratwurst (sometimes turkey sausage for lower fat) and put it in the crock pot with chopped onions and apples, some applesauce and cooked it all day. I would serve it over rice and it was delicious! You can also put pork chops in there with the same ingredients and it'll be yummy.
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@coffeebreak (17811)
• United States
19 Oct 12
Why not make things up in individual size portions and freeze them...then take out as needed for the day. I used to do this when I was a full time working mom of 3! I'd make a batch of chili or lasagna, pot pies, burittos, enchilladas, and then put them in meal size containers...and freeze them. Every night I'd put out a container for dinner the next day in the fridge and by the time I got home..I'd pop the dish into the oven and it was ready for dinner (This was before all the massive convenience foods nad microwaves!) I'd also make breakfast sandwiches with biscuits, sausage patty and cheese and make them...individually wrap and then freeze....60 sec in the microwave and they are done...and I used burger meat for mini burgers too. Kids love it, but just up it for a man. Soups and chili are also good this way. Make your own TV Dinners...you can buy containers with the sections...then just cook the food and fill and freeze. Good luck and happy cooking!
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@Anne18 (11034)
19 Oct 12
I put chicken casserole and sausage casseroles in my slow cooker. Turkey legs are also good cooked all day. Stew (beef) and dumplings. Lovely thick soups cook good in mine. Done a lovely poato and carrot soup. Hope that helps you out a bit. Good luck with the work on the ranch.
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@natliegleb (5180)
• India
25 Oct 12
well its just a matter of time,try chilling with some cool parties and stick to the basic diet plan only
@smtrsv (186)
• India
21 Oct 12
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@JenInTN (27536)
• United States
21 Oct 12
I would go with a good old fashioned roast in the crock pot. You might pull it apart and make BBQ or add it to veggies and make a stir fry too.