When my sister-in-law had her baby 6 months ago we were all stunned by her quick return to cooking and cleaning for her husband. She was cooking dinner every night from about 3 weeks post-partum. That wasn’t my story. I was lumbering around feeling defeated for a long time after birth and still, 2 months later, struggle to complete a meal. I get the onions sautéing and the baby freaks her freak and I have to turn the flame off and go tend to her.
Enter: slow cooker. I have always loved my slow cooker, especially in the winter months when I could come home from school to the smell of soul warming root vegetable stews and roasts. But now it helps me put on a good mom and wife facade by allowing me to slowly prep the ingredients when the baby is chill, and then have a perfectly timed dinner ready for whenever my wife makes it home. And we don’t have a dishwasher so one-crock-pot meals are the only way to go if we want to see the surface of the counter.
Recently I made broccoli, kale, and cheese soup, apple butter pork loin with root veg, and next in the pot will be a bourbon chicken recipe from Pinterest. Now I need a second slow cooker so I can make dessert and dinner in the same night!