Quick Fixes

The past two weeks have been pretty hectic for me at work, which means I have little to no motivation to shop for groceries, let alone cook any kind of complicated meal once I get home.  These are two of my favorite quick fix meals that taste like you spent a lot longer cooking than you really did (my kitchen motto).

These ribs actually take quite a long time to cook, but because all you have to do is put them in a slow cooker, it’s a fix-it-and-forget-it type of dish.  You will need

  • Slow cooker
  • Archer Farms (Target store brand) Korean-style barbeque slow cooker sauce (found in the condiment aisle)
  • 3 pounds beef short ribs (please consider using local grass fed beef)
  • Egg noodles or rice

Literally all you do is drop the ribs into the slow cooker, pour on the sauce, and let it go for 10 hours.  It’s ready and waiting when you walk in the door after work, and the meat is so tender it just falls right off the bones.  Serve over the pasta or rice.  I paired this dish with asparagus (which, if you remember this post, is also super easy to prepare).

This dish is just as easy as the first.  You will need:

  • Knorr pesto sauce mix
  • Vermicelli pasta (I used whole wheat)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Water
  • Broccoli
  • Pine nuts to taste (optional)

Cook pasta and broccoli.  In a small sauce pan, mix 1/4 cup olive oil, 3/4 cup water, and packet contents.  Bring to a boil.  Return pasta to pot and toss with pesto sauce, pine nuts, and broccoli.  Voila!  Deelish.

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