Smart Meal Planning – How To Make A Delicious Dinner That’ll Be Ready For You When You Come Home From Work

Just think … no cooking to do when you’re tired – you don’t even need to warm anything up!

Here’s a smart meal planning tip you may not have thought of.

You’re tired and hungry. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a delicious healthy dinner all ready, just waiting for you?

All you have to do is to spoon it out of the pot and eat it. You don’t even have to warm it up. It’s already piping hot. Hmm … yummy.

Yes, you can create such a situation … all you need is a slow cooker.

Hey … don’t have a slow cooker? Stay with me.

Head over to this store and check them out.

They’re not expensive and will be a valuable investment in yourself. It won’t just give you a nice hot dinner to come back to. Imagine all that money you’ll save by not having to buy take-out food.

Just think how much belly fat you won’t gain (or even lose!) by not having to turn to unhealthy mass-produced food. Just because you’re too tired to cook after working the whole day, that’s no excuse!

Besides, you don’t have to worry about cooking when you’re too tired to do it. You do it while you’re still fresh in the morning.

Isn’t it a cool meal planning idea?

I bought my slow cooker a couple of years ago and it’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made for my health.

And it’s also amazingly easy to produce a meal that’s simply bursting with flavour and nutrients. Even a clumsy person like me made a very tasty chicken dish using the recipe below.

Now I must tell you this is one of the recipes I got from Beyond Diet Program website. I do like their recipes. They’re always full of nutrients and they’re so healthful. Perfect if you care about your shape as much as I do.

Now that’s got the credit out of the way, here’s the recipe itself. Enjoy.

Crock Pot Chicken Legs


8 chicken legs

  1. ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  2. ½ teaspoon chilli powder
  3. 3 tablespoons butter
  4. 16 ounces whole tomatoes
  5. 1 large onion
  6. chopped 4 ounces mushrooms – sliced & drained
  7. 1 clove garlic — minced
  8. 1½ teaspoon salt


  1. Rinse the chicken and pat dry.
  2. Melt the butter in a skillet.
  3. Place the chicken in the slow cooker.
  4. Combine all the other ingredients together. Mix well.
  5. Pour over the chicken.
  6. Cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours.
  7. Start the slow cooker in the morning before you set off for work. And it’ll be ready for you when you come back. 🙂
  8. Or if you’re going to be at home during the day, start it last thing the night before. And it’ll be ready for your lunch.

A very convenient way of meal planning.

OK, I took some liberties with the recipe …

The recipe doesn’t list water as one of the ingredients. But I put some water in anyway since I can’t imagine cooking a slow cooker dish without some water. (Maybe they forgot to list the water.) I added water to the point where it was nearly covering all the ingredients in the slow cooker pot.

Being the lazy girl I am, I didn’t bother weighing the amount of mushrooms I put in. I just threw in 2 packets of mushrooms (200g each).

Oh … I didn’t even chop the mushrooms either. I bought small mushrooms to avoid having to chop them up. (How lazy can a person get!)

I used a mixture of chicken thighs and drumsticks. And I didn’t wash them either. They looked clean enough to me. 🙂 (Well, I buy organic so they should be OK, right?)

I didn’t mince the garlic. I just crushed a couple of cloves with something blunt lying in the kitchen. (Can’t remember what it was though. I wondered why my friend had a headache this morning!)

Even with my reckless behaviour, the dish came out really yummy. I still have some left over which I’m going to demolish tomorrow. Yumm…