Slow cooker / Crockpot meals

Slow cooker / Crockpot meals

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.

pumpkin-white-bean-lasagna This is the photo of the lasagna 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.

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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.

Do you have any favorite crockpot recipes?

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