When Hubs took on this new career, and the endless hours of training that went with it, as well as the endless hours we know he will put into the job, I knew it would be... different, challenging at times, but worth it in the end.
I took over the role of making dinner. Okay, get out your eyerolling, violin playing and laughs now. Okay, you've had your fun. Yes, he cooks, and he cooked dinner a lot. Especially the couple of nights a week when I work until 6 and then have to drive 35-40 minutes home. And sometimes other nights, too. I loved it. And I was spoiled. I fully admit it.
Don't get me wrong, I actually love to cook. I love to create in the kitchen. But not every day.
I started with enthusiasm. Stir-fry with 6, 7 or 8 different veggies and chicken or tofu and rice. Fajitas. Gorgonzola-turkey burgers. Tacos with all the fixings. Chicken enchilada casserole. Lasagne.
And now? I'm over it. Turns out, I don't really like to cool every day. I do cook the casseroles and lasagne on Sundays so they'll last through at least one of my late days on Monday.
No, now this mama needs to learn to love her crock pot.
And I need your help - what is your favorite thing to cook in the crock pot/slow cooker? For that matter, what's your favorite EASY thing to cook in ANY way that doesn't involve a box of cereal?
If it were just me and Hubs, I'd eat a big salad and call it good. Or a fruit & veggie smoothie with a light appetizer. But I have this teenager that inhabits my home, and I swear he's putting on a pound or two of muscle every week. The kid needs to eat, and eat well, so I don't want to shove junk food at him, or not feed him enough. (That sounds weird, but when they did their daily caloric needs in health class, he was one of the only ones that came up calorie deficient. Wouldn't that be nice.)
Let me have it. Ideas or recipes either one. You can leave them in the comments or email me direct at twonormalmoms at gmail dot com. I really, really need your help. Just simple ideas. Please? See, now I'm starting to beg. It only gets uglier from here on out.