Me "How was it?"
Jim "Great" "Really good" "One of your bests", etc.
Me (provided the response is one of the above) - "Thanks - I totally rock, don't I". OK, I don't say that, but you get the point.
Sometimes Jim says "good" - When he says good, I follow up with this question
"Was it - I ate it because you made it and I shouldn't complain since you took the time to make good, or was it make it again good?"
You see, Jim knows better than to complain about a meal because, quite frankly - its just rude. Someone cooked for you, etc., etc. On the other hand, I don't want him to force down a meal every other week just to be polite. So the line of questioning above weeds out the icky meals.
For the record - I rate the new meals also - we each have a 50% stake in the verdict. I won't cook something one of us really doesn't like. Its part of the power of being adult - you can choose. When we have kids, I can throw out the, I don't care if you don't like it just eat it card (which btw...I am not sure that I agree with).
Wow - I really really rambled there. Sorry.
Sorry for the crock pot picture, but its the only one I took. I liked how colorful it all was.
Here it is - super easy:
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (or thighs)
- 2 zucchini squash (on the smaller side)
- 2 yellow squash
- 1/2 large red onion, or 1 whole small red onion
- 2 bell peppers (I used one red and one yellow)
- 1 whole head of garlic, peeled with bulbs in tact (peel your garlic, separate the bulbs and leave whole)
- 1/4 C balsamic vinegar
- 2t Worcestershire sauce
- salt and pepper
- Place chicken in crock pot. Sprinkle with salt and pepper
- Wash and cut all your vegetables and put into a mixing bowl.
- Peel the head of garlic, but keep the cloves intact.
- Toss the vegetables with balsamic vinegar and Worcestershire sauce.
- Pour the vegetables on top of the meat.
- Cook on high heat for 3 hours, then switch to low for 4 hours***
***If you are planning to put this together and leave for the day, I would suggest cooking on low for 8-9 hours. I did mine on high for 3 hours, switched to low for 4, and then placed on the warm setting for about 2 hours. The chicken was cooked through when I switched to warm (7 total hours).
I served this with whole wheat couscous.