4 DINNER HACKS TO TRY & DINNER INSPO | EMILY NORRIS


Hi guys, welcome back to my channel. In today’s
video, I’m going to be sharing with you four dinner hacks to try. You guys have seemed
to love my foodie videos lately. So today, I’m going to give you some dinner inspiration,
because let’s face it, I always need inspiration. I’m sure you guys get stuck in a rut as well.
So these tips are just little things you may not have thought of before as well as some
really good, really yummy recipes to try. So yeah, I hope you like this video. If you
do, give it a big thumbs up and if you’re new around here, I would love you to subscribe.
It’s completely free to subscribe and I post videos every Monday, Wednesday and Friday
at 7:00 PM. So, yes. Let’s get into my hacks. So, for my first hack I wanted to show you
slow cooker dump bags. These are a fantastic way to meal prep for your slow cooker or Crock-Pot.
I’ve had a slow cooker for so many years and it is a complete game changer if you’re a
busy working mom or just a busy person in general, and I feel like such a supermom when
I use it. I love that you can just chuck raw ingredients into it and then come home to
a delicious smelling house and have a nice home cooked meal. And I feel even more like
supermom if I pre-prepare all the raw ingredients. So you can put it into a bag or you can put
it into Tupperware, whatever you prefer. You can even get bags that can go into the slow
cooker and cook within that, which also saves all the mess as well. And there’s so many
recipes online. There’s loads on Pinterest, but today I thought I would share with you
a Thai red curry recipe that I made. This is also a great thing to do if you’re
heavily pregnant and you’re in your batch cooking, nesting phase. Anyone who’s looking
after you could chuck one of these into a slow cooker. So I basically write on a Ziploc
bag what I’m going to be putting into it and if anything needs to be added. So I’ve just
written Thai red curry and this needs to be put on high in the slow cooker for four hours.
Then I’ll add my chicken, I’ll add my red Thai curry paste as well. Then I’m going to
add in about a tablespoon of soy sauce, a teaspoon of fish sauce, as well as some ginger,
which I’m just going to grate straight into the bag.
Then I’m going to add in a tablespoon of maple syrup and then I normally massage the paste
and everything into the meat so that it can be marinating in the freezer as well. Then
I’m going to add in one chopped onion, a chopped butternut squash, and then a whole can of
coconut milk as well. And that is your cold dinner, which will feed about four people.
It’s all ready to go, so if you ever have a busy morning, you can just pull this out
of the freezer, chuck it into the slow cooker, and still feel super organized and have a
delicious, healthy dinner. Another hack that I’ve always done is to have
a recipe up your sleeve that only requires dry ingredients or things that you pretty
much always have. I make this tuna pasta, which you may have seen on this channel before,
but pretty much it’s just from cans. It has tuna in it, sweet corn, a tuna sachet, pasta,
and then milk and cheese, and I pretty much always have that in. So if we’re ever stuck
in traffic or late from swimming, I know that I can whip this pasta dish up in about 12
minutes and it’s a delicious home cooked meal that I know the kids will eat.
I’ve also recently become obsessed with one pot dinners. This is exactly as it sounds.
You just put everything into one pot and make a dinner. I love how all the flavors work
together when you do this and also you only actually dirty one pot and it’s just so simple.
There’s loads of recipes online as well, but the recipe that I’m going to show you today
I found in Women’s Health Magazine, and if you try any of the ones that I’m showing you
today, make it this one because it’s so yummy and it’s also a veggie one as well. So for
this recipe, we just chuck in three different types of peppers and then let that cook or
fry for about four minutes. Then, you just put in a bit of garlic paste or garlic if
you prefer and then some tomato puree right as well.
And then you just wack in your pasta into the dish like this. Loads of cherry tomatoes
whole, just like that, and then you cover all of that with vegetable stock. And that
is how the pasta cooks, and then those tomatoes really cook down as well and the peppers.
And I’ve never really thought of cooking pasta like this until I saw the one pot recipes,
but it makes it really, really delicious. Then you could season it and then add in some
parsley as well. And then I’m just going to add in some double cream, just a tiny bit
to make it a really creamy sauce. And then the last thing that I’m going to do is just
rip up some mozzarella into this dish. The recipe that I found in Women’s Health didn’t
actually go for this, but it makes it so yummy. All the cheese goes stringy. And again, yeah,
it takes minutes to make this and it’s so delicious.
And my last hack that I wanted to share with you is to always make double or triple a recipe.
So basically batch cook. So I made quite a big one of this, but then that’s great because
we can have it again tomorrow. So whenever you’re cooking a recipe, just think, “How
can I make this a doubled or tripled so that I can say that again for another day when
I need a quick dinner or even for lunch as well?”
Right. So that’s it for this video. I hope you liked these hacks. Let me know in the
comments which one was your favorite and I’ll see you in my next one. Bye, guys.

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  1. Thanks so much for watching guys- I'm so glad you like it. A few of you have asked about cooking frozen chicken in a slow cooker and now it's made me nervous as I don't know what make slow cooker you use. Chicken needs the internal temperature to get up to 165 degrees at some point during the cooking process. But I want to suggest either taking the dump bag out of the freezer the night before so it thaws – or making the dump bag without the chicken and adding that in at the last minute to be safe. I don't want anyone to get ill because of me xxx

  2. You will always be my favorite mommy YouTuber โค๏ธ
    Your videos are so organized and always have the best tips and inspiration!

  3. Bravo Emily! I am also a mom of 3 boys 5, 3.5 and 8 months old, you are such an inspiration! Big kiss from Montreal Canada

  4. Americans were obsessed with that tuna dish in the 90s, except they sprinkled crushed Layโ€™s potato chips (crisps) over the top, put it in the oven, and called it โ€œtuna casseroleโ€

  5. Hi Emily. Thanks for these. You should put your instructions of your version of that pasta with the peppers in the description! I did go to the link and I didnโ€™t like their instructions as they use a pan where you use a pot. I had to watch the video as I cooked which was sort of difficult. So I did your version except I added one onion and four garlic cloves. I also had mozzarella from homemade pizzas the other week so this was a great excuse to use it up! The pasta turned out soooo delicious and I hope it reheats nicely as I plan to serve for lunch tomorrow. Thanks again!

  6. Thanks for these recipes Emily. These are such great practical suggestions for busy mums๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป great video idea. Look forward to seeing some more dump bag and one pot recipes that are kid tested yummy.

  7. Love those recipes. I want to try that one pot pasta meal now… looks amazing.

    Do you ever watch Kimmy from โ€œSheโ€™s in her Apronโ€? I love her channel, and her meal inspiration especially. I feel like sheโ€™s a freezer meal queen. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  8. This is such a great idea! Iโ€™m pregnant with our third and this is going to be sooo helpful ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you for sharing xx

  9. Loved both ur receipes, veg one pot pasta and tuna pasta. Thinking it's a great way for my toddler to eat veggies. But more recipes please Emily xx

  10. Loved these recipes and not only do they look and sound yummy, they are kid friendly as well. I am having a bit of drama with my 3 year old who says my food is yukky until I make as if I am eating her food, then she will eat it. Story of our lives I tell you.

  11. Love these ideas. Could you maybe do some more slow cooker recipes in future videos as I have one but never know how to use it properly, or what all I can cook in it. x

  12. Love these Emily! Thanks for the inspiration. I find myself getting in cooking ruts a lot and as a busy mama I need all the help I can get. I think I'm going to try the Chicken curry and veggie pasta soon.

  13. Yay supermom Emily! I'm gonna try to make the freezer slow cooker meal. Before, I only make rice using the slow cooker. Thank you for the inspo โค

  14. Hi Emily
    I love your videos. Can you please share a video about your sons study routine. I always feel so confuse about how much time I should spend with my kids for their study.๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Some of those look delicious. I have an old vintage slow cooker that was my mums. I think the time has come to upgrade so I can set the timer!! I'm out for 9-10 hours straight and it's too long to leave the pot on for most simple dishes even on low. BTW Have you found the G7XIII has a much better mic than the Mark II? Your to-camera audio is a bit distorted. I have found mine (only done 2 vids on it so far) needs the sound bringing down in the edit as it's peaking yellow in places.

  16. Hi Emily Iโ€™m not to keen on slow cookers as they have been known to be toxic but I do use a cast iron pot. I will use your idea to put the ingredients in a bag and freeze it so simple but such s good idea ๐Ÿ˜€x

  17. Very off topic but can you please link the markers Jackson was using on your lake holiday pretty please?! They are genius. Love how they are all on a ring. And I canโ€™t find anything similar. Thank you.

  18. I clicked so fast also loved the dinner hacks thx love ya โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

  19. I swear I was going through my fridge 5 minutes before I stumbled on your new video, thinking โ€žI need to use up these peppers and tomatoes today. What am I goingt to do with them?โ€œ
    Well thank you so much! This sounds just perfect. โค๏ธ

  20. Such a great idea to make dump bags for slow cooker. Iโ€™m going to do this for a weekend meal, I want to spend more time with the kids not cooking. Thanks Emily x

  21. Make ahead slow cooker bags – such a good idea, I don't know how I've never thought of this! Today I used my slow cooker to make a massive batch of bolognese. 5 family bags of bolognese i.e. 5 weeks worth. Winning! โ˜บ๏ธ Would love to see more dinner/recipe or food shopping videos, love how you present ๐Ÿ’›

  22. Great recipes. Was there freezer inside the cabinet with drawers where you pulled the bag out from? Thatโ€™s such a neat idea

  23. Am going to rewatch this, note the ingreds & actually buy what I need to make at least the crockpot recipe. I have a beautiful new fridge feeezer so the ready bags appeal big time :)) ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’š

  24. Your lamb recipe it's one of the best thing I ever eat…we make it often at home. Thanks!! …I'm going to try now the Thai recipe, but I'm sure will be excellent ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. The slow cooker dump bags are genius! I would love to see more recipes like that – fellow busy mum here โ˜๏ธ keep doing what you are doing, your content is fantastic ๐Ÿ’– with love from Belfast x

  26. Oh my gosh. That all looks soooo yummy. My mouth is watering so i will definitely be trying all those reciepes ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹ keep them coming please ๐Ÿ˜Š

  27. Love this! So helpful! Iโ€™m also a mommy vlogger and would love it if you checked out my channel and subscribed! ๐Ÿงก

  28. Yum! Love the slow cooker dump bag hack! If you have more of these Emily, Iโ€™d love to see a video ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿปโ˜บ๏ธ

  29. This is great Emilie! Just wondering with the first recipe do you defrost the bag first or does it just go straight in? Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Šxx

  30. Hi Emily, u can try the Magic Cooker, which the food cooks on its own without any electric connection or stove required. U merely put the raw food into the Magic Cooker pot, brings the dish to a boil, and store it in the thermal magic cooker. The food will be cooked on its own and the food will still be warm. We always use this for our stews and soupy stuff. Not sure if this brand is available in your UK, but we have been using this Japanese brand, Tiger, for more than a decade.

  31. One of my favourite videos! Any chance you could share how much the red paste pot holds? Trying to find a substitute ingredient in New Zealand ๐Ÿง

  32. I so need this video today! ๐ŸคฃPlease make more videos like this Emily. I love your channel you are such an inspiration xxx

  33. Such helpful hacks! This will help lots of busy families from all over. Thankyou for sharing yet another great bundle of hacks with us.

  34. Definitely trying it Emily! And Iโ€™m really gonna need all of it in couple of months when preparing for arrival of our baby โค๏ธ

  35. Wow! I was just thinking I need to sort dinner ideas, this is actually groundbreaking!!!!๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

  36. Hi Emily! Love your videos. Have you thought about using reusable bags to store your cooking in? Amazon sell silicone ones and they have seriously reduced my single use plastic waste ๐Ÿ˜Š

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