When Michelle Ostroff went to work full time this past June as senior associate at the Center for Community Engagement and Leadership, an agency of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, it was important to her to be able to provide her family with at least one or two home-cooked meals a week. In cold weather, she relies on her slow cooker to get the job done.
This easy weeknight dish, chicken cacciatore, can be put together in the serving piece of a slow cooker the night before and then refrigerated overnight. In the morning, Ostroff turns her cooker on low before she leaves for the day. When she returns home, all she has to do is boil penne and reheat the chicken on the warm setting.
“My kids love garlic breadsticks for dipping, so I always have them in my freezer. They take 4 minutes to heat. Open a bag of prepared salad and dinner is served!” she says.