Thursday, February 25, 2016

Prior proper preparation prevents piss-poor performance...

I learned the 7 P's from a dear friend...actually I learned to practice them from my parents, but I learned the alliterative adage from my friend...who learned it in his career as a U.S. Army officer.  I always think of him when I find myself putting special effort into planning and preparation, because those 7 P's always pop into my head.

Today the planning and prep called for putting a couple of my favorite tools into action.

A roast went into the Ninja slow cooker.  I LOVE my Ninja.  I know I've said that before, but it bears repeating.  The insert is metal, and the Ninja has stove-top (and oven) settings in addition to low and high slow-cook settings, so when a recipe calls for browning meat before putting in the slow cooker, I can do it all in just the one.  Tonight I wanted dumplings, so after the roast was cooked, I removed it, turned the settings back to stove top, and cooked the dumplings.  One pan.  One.  

And, no, I have not been compensated in any way by Ninja, I just love it.  :)

Once I got the roast started, I put together and vacuum sealed:
2 Secret-Ingredient Meatloaves
2 pounds browned and seasoned ground beef, and
1 roast (a second one, not the one from the slow cooker)

Now they are all resting in my freezer, awaiting easy starts to future meals.  My future me will be SO grateful that I did this.  :)

And when the roast for tonight was done, this is the beautiful dinner we had:
Roast (with horseradish), Dumplings, Green Beans

I'll be putting the recipe up over at What's Cookin' 4 Miles North of Nowhere.


  1. Where did you get your Ninja? I have never heard of it before. My husband has been known to grill (burger, hot dogs, brats, pork steak and chicken) all at the same time so we can freeze all the meat and then just thaw and warm up for our weeknight meals. Makes it so much easier for us and we are not spending money on eating out when we are to tired (lazy:) to cook. We also make double batches of certain foods to put in the freezer so we can just heat it up on busy days.

    1. Hi Renea!

      I got mine from but I’ve seen them in stores as well, and I just checked Amazon and found it also:

      They are expensive, but truly an investment that I LOVE.

      My husband is not a cook. I did teach him to do a roast in the slow cooker, but he doesn’t see the need for things like why browning the meat first might enhance the finished product. He is a master at cleaning up the kitchen after dinner though, so I think I’ll keep him. :)

  2. Replies
    1. It is the most frequently used tool in my kitchen! Love it a LOT!

  3. I've never heard of the Ninja either but I love the sound of it. Heading over to the Amazon link to check it out.

    1. It has spoiled me to all others! :) I forgot to mention the insert is also non-stick, so easy clean up. I sound like a commercial!


Related Posts with Thumbnails