Get a rice cooker. The biggest you can find. From spaghetti to stir fry to pot roast and veggies, (seafood steamer, for all the fresh catch!) in about 30 minutes.
A rice cooker cooks anything.
It does it super hot n fast for 30 minutes then shuts itself off to low warm when the liquid/water cooks down (about 30 minutes), without fail.
So low you can leave it on for a very very long time and not worry and it doesnt lose flavor like a crock pot.
i cut up beef,(chicken, fish
, crab, clams, toss it in there with fresh crushed garlic, veggies, pasta or BROWN RICE (whole grain extra bonus plus!!) and you have a super meal in minutes all in one pot and the cleanup is so easy you could just cry.
Steam that shoots out makes for a nice quick facial ladies... LOL
Also a rice cooker will boil water
super fast, tea, coffee whatever... soups...
broccoli keeps a long time, so do carrots and podded peas... fresh garlic keeps forever.
you can put meat in, any meat and the noodles and cause right in too with the water and come back in 30 and the whole thing is done... alfredo, italian, whatever...
then you can do deserts--all in same pot...
I rarely use anything else anymore.
its the weirdest thing because the meat cooks super fast which you would think would make beef very tough... its soo succulent...
I've recently cut up one pot roast and one bag of frozen chix breasts, tossed em in and put fajita seasoning on them, let them do their 30 in the rice cooker, then taken them out and sliced them up and had a crock pot full of fajitas chicken and beef, (even shrimp) and fed 32 people for Super Bowl... with such little hassle... and almost no cleanup!!!
Tuna casserole in minutes... i mean i cant rave enough about the darn thing.. I hate tuns casserole but Hub loves it so I am forced to make it (LOL) its cake in the rice cooker and oh soo good.
so make sure if you dont get anything else...
GET A RICE COOKER!!!
Oh yeah and one of those Presto elextric Griddles... I never did manage being talented on an electric
stove, but eggs turn out just angelic on a Presto griddle... whole breakfast one griddle and wipe away cleanup....
Ahhh who knew I might enjoy cooking again..