Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Perfect, Stress-free Sunday Dinner

Sunday, which is supposed to be a "day of rest," is often the most hectic and exhausting day for a mother.  Sunday mornings are always Busy, with trying to get everyone bathed and dressed in their best clothes and out the door on time!  Add to that the challenge of trying to get something on to cook for the noon meal . . . and Sunday morning is easily the most stressful day of the week!

Plus, it never fails that your family will be hungrier on Sunday than any other day!  In fact, you may hear tummies rumbling down-pew if the pastor gets a bit long-winded, and for sure, everyone will tumble in the door from church "starving" and asking, "When will dinner be ready!?"

I don't have a magic cure for those Sunday morning challenges, and as my church family will tell you, I'm no expert at getting the family to church on time!  ;)  But, I can help you with the Sunday dinner dilemma!

The ideal solution is to have a few favorite Crockpot meals, which you rotate for Sunday dinners.  It is just so easy to throw a few ingredients in the crock pot on Sunday morning before church (or on Saturday night), and come home to a house that greets you with the aromatic announcement, "Dinner is Ready!"  It also helps you focus on your pastor's message as your mind won't be wandering to that ever-popular Sunday morning sermon distractor, "What on earth am I going to make for dinner??"

I've relied on various recipes for easy Sunday Crock pot meals over the years, but my current favorite is "Rotisserie Chicken in the Crock Pot."

I discovered this delicious recipe a few weeks ago, and found it to be an Easy and Delicious Sunday dinner.  It can be rounded out by adding some potatoes and carrots to the crockpot, or by pairing with mashed potatoes (or rice), steamed broccoli, buttered carrots, and maybe a tossed salad when you get home.  Then, just throw the carcass right back into the crockpot after dinner, and follow this recipe, and you are well on your way to some delicious and nutritious chicken stock for use during the week!

Based on how much I loved this concept, I tried a variation today -- I made a Lemon Pepper Rotisserie Chicken in the crockpot.  I took two whole chickens, rinsed them well, and stuffed the cavities with chunks of sweet Georgia Vidalia Onions, and sprinkled the outsides with plenty of Lemon Pepper seasoning.  Then I topped with butter slices and cooked on high for 3 1/2 hours. 

This is what it looked like before we left for church:

And this is what it looked like when we got home from church:

And currently, what's left of this yummy meal is back in the crock pot, simmering into a rich chicken stock.  Plus, I will take the pieces I pick from the bones and make some chicken salad for tomorrow's lunch. 

Do you have a favorite crockpot recipe that is nutritious, delilcious, and well suited to a stress-free Sunday dinner?  If so, please share!


Sam said...

I love the crock pot as well!

Rachel E. said...

It's been a few weeks since I used mine, but I don't think it could hold that much chicken. :-) I used to have two, but got rid of one.

I like to make crock pot BBQ chicken. So easy...chicken pieces, one bottle bbq sauce, 1 can cola, 1 lemon sliced, 1 onion sliced. Place chicken in pot, cover with sliced lemon and onion, pour liquid mixture over top and cook on low all day. It falls from the bone.

Rebecca's Refining said...

Looks great! You have really become such a great cook! :)

I will have to try to do more crock pot cooking for Sundays...that is a great idea! Today, we enjoyed grilled sirloin, salad, and fettuccine - I tried the recipe from the purposed heart - it was excellent!! But, like you were saying, it was very hectic getting it ready and on the table! Plus, I had children going through cabinets looking for something to eat while waiting!

missusmechanic said...

Mmmmm! What crockpot do you have? I love crockpots!

Jules said...

I often do just a plain chicken in the crockpot on days when I know I'll not have enough time at the end of the day to cook dinner. (You can even throw the chicken in frozen - just allow more time). But I need to experiment with adding different spices and such and I never thought of doing it on Sunday as a way of dealing with that Sunday lunch dilemma. Now I'll have no excuse not to concentrate in church (and why is it that the family is always super hungry on a day they've not been doing anything).

pat said...


Did you use a oven roaster or frying chicken?

busymomof10 said...

My crockpot is a Rival 6 quart.

I have no idea what kind of chickens I used -- they were the chickens from Costco -- two in a bag! :)

If you don't have a large enough crockpot to squish in two chickens, just use two crockpots. They are easily found at yard sales . . . .

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