If you’ve ever waited impatiently for the BBQ to cool down so you could put the cover back on, you know that they retain their heat for a long time after turning off the burners. Tuesday Tip: harness that heat!
I try to cook at least 2 meals at a time whenever I fire up the BBQ – not only am I saving on energy costs, I only have to clean the grill and tools once! This meal consisting of chicken breast, broccoli, and sweet potato & onion slices used a total of 5 minutes of medium heat on one burner. That’s pennies, by my calculations!
The BBQ was already running at 500 for our evening meal of steak, potatoes and green peppers with onion. After that meal was lifted off, I added the (thawed) chicken breasts, put down the lid, and turned off the burners. After 7 minutes, I raised the lid to flip the chicken breasts, and added the tinfoil pouch with the broccoli (with a couple pats of butter and sprinkled with greek spices). The thermometer had only dropped 75 degrees by that point, but I lost another 25 with having the lid open for a few seconds. Remember, lid down quickly!
After another 7 minutes for the chicken, I lifted the lid for a second time and placed the yam and onion slices directly on the grill, basting them with soya sauce. I opened the lid 2 more times to flip and baste the slices. The broccoli pouch was still on the bottom burner; the chicken had been moved to the top rack. The yam slices were looking a little limp, so I fired up one burner on medium heat for 5 minutes and then crisped them right up. Burner off, everything into a baking dish to cool for a few minutes before popping on the lid and putting it in the fridge for tomorrow night.
The “I don’t feel like cooking” bug can really blow the budget on Friday nights when those Order-In menus are screaming our names!
I especially like to prep our Friday night meals ahead of time: that’s when the “I don’t feel like cooking” bug is most likely to strike and blow our budget! Ordering in, or even worse eating out simply because I’m not in the mood to cook for the family is a temptation that we don’t budget for now that I’m a Save-at-Home-Mom and we’re living on 1 and a half incomes. Conserving energy and cutting the clean-up in half are added perks!
If you don’t enjoy re-heats (it’s been a hard sell to Hubs over the years … 9 years later and he’s still not a huge fan!) think of other things that need heated … I’ve baked Pilsbury cookies for a daycare party, toasted bread for soup/salad croutons, and even heated the lasagna pan with soapy water to make the scraping easier! Do you reckon a kettle would boil if placed on the lid? Hmmmm ….
epilogue: this is a real scream, btw, blogging about food! I’m the world’s biggest “non-foodie” and am blown away by how nice my phone made our meal look! tee hee ~christa