Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Dinners

Since school has started for the kids of Maine, my work schedule has shifted so that I mainly work in the afternoons and evenings now. I do in-home therapy and it's hard to do that when the kids aren't actually at home. Gone are the days of summer when they could meet anytime. It's kind of a pain working these hours because I don't get home until about 7:30-8ish most nights. Once I'm home, I'm hungry. I don't want to spend another hour making dinner. Enter the slow cooker. It has become a great friend of mine these past three weeks. At least once a week I've been making something in it so dinner's done by the time I get home and Jeremy and I can eat right away. Most of the meals have turned out decently thus far, but last night's veggie stew was a little lacking. I didn't follow a recipe - I just emptied the vegetable bins in the fridge and added some seasonings. I guess I didn't add enough seasonings because it was a bit bland. Live and learn. At least we used up most of the rest of last week's CSA veggies.

The upside to working mostly afternoons and evenings is that I have a lot of free time in the mornings which allows me to do most of my food prep then. This way, when I get home dinner is mostly ready - just has to be popped in the oven or heated up on the stove. Jeremy has also been a big help with heating up the food so it's ready when I get home.

I really don't see how people with school age kids can do this job. You're never home when they are! I also get why people eat out so often. If you don't like to cook and you get home at 8pm, it makes sense to just go through the drive thru I guess. Thankfully, I like to cook so I'm not going to resort to that. I hope.

2 comments:

Evelyn said...

I got a slow cooker at a garage sale, but I haven't used it yet. Do you have any go-to vegetarian slow cooker recipes or guidelines. Most of what I see involves meat, which I think is why I haven't used it.

Golda said...

I've mainly been making bean and soup recipes in mine so far. http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/ has some vegetarian recipes or recipes you can easily make without the meat. I've made the moroccan lentil soup and the honey lentils from there. I'm hoping to try the vegan sweet potato chili recipe from there tomorrow.