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When Bradley and I arrived home from work Friday afternoon, we were both extremely exhausted. We barely had enough energy to scrape together a dinner, and then I ended up falling asleep on the couch almost immediately afterward.
Sabbath morning I threw the ingredients of one of my favorite recipes (White Bean and Pumpkin Lasagna) into the crockpot. I turned it on low right before leaving for church, and it was ready by the time we arrived home about two thirty.
The photo of the lasagna above is from the official recipe on Vibrant Life. Mine never turns out this pretty – perhaps it is the gluten-free lasagna noodles or the fact that it all becomes mush.
Mine may not be picture perfect, but it is so yummy! I’ve made it for a few Sabbath afternoon luncheons with guests and friends from church, and always get compliments (and the guests often take seconds).
So we were able to enjoy a relaxing and delicious meal around the dining table, and then we were off to see my sister and brother-in-law’s vespers concert at the Paradise Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church. (Check out Cyiza Music!)
It was a beautiful concert with a powerful message.
After the success of the lasagna on Sabbath, I think I’m going to try doing a crockpot dish most Sabbaths either for Sabbath dinner on Friday evenings or Sabbath lunch on Saturdays. I think I would also like to do a crockpot dish maybe once or twice during the week, too. Anything to cut down on the amount of cooking and then cleaning by hand that I have to do.
You see, the dishwasher in our rental house scares me after it almost caught fire. Seriously, there were sparks flying from the outlet under the sink. A leaky faucet was dripping water right onto the outlet. The ancient and terrifying machine has been unplugged ever since.
Unfortunately, no dishwasher means tons of dishes to hand clean and I don’t have the time or energy right now to keep up on all the dishes. I will spend half an hour in the morning washing all the dishes and by lunch time there will be a mountain of new dishes. I just cannot keep up, because I’m too exhausted or sick.
I think crockpot meals might help, even a little bit. I have three crockpot recipes: the pumpkin lasagna, lentil soup, and quinoa/sweet potato chili. But I need to find more recipes that are vegan and gluten-free or I can easily convert to being vegan and gluten-free. Then I have to make sure we get all of the ingredients ahead of time during our biweekly grocery trips. I would like to try Vegan Jambalaya and Aloo Gobi (spiced cauliflower and potatoes) sometime soon.
If you need a new slow cooker, I highly recommend the classic Cook ‘N Carry by Crock-Pot. I use mine a lot and particularly like that the lid locks down so you can take the slow cooker with you to family functions, church potlucks, etc. without worrying about the lid moving or the food inside spilling. The small Food Warmer, also by Crock-Pot, holds 20 ounces and is perfect for taking leftovers to work or keeping small amounts of food warm on roadtrips. We received two as wedding gifts four years ago, and I use them all of the time!
Do you have any favorite crockpot recipes?
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