Is 4pm like this at your house?
As much as I love dinners, I would really rather not think about it at 4pm.
So, I think about it at 7am, with the help of my crockpot!
First, I get breakfast going, usually pancakes or waffles (from a giant batch I make on the weekends), or some fast eggs. Then, the boxed lunch. I kiss the older child goodbye, then (ideally) enlist the younger child to help toss dinner in the slow cooker. By this time, it's barely 8am, and dinner is happily making itself.
We've tried several oldie and goodie recipes, as well as some fun, new strange ones. Here's a recap:
Chicken and Rice (before)
(and after, with sweet potato chips). Note: no recipe should be allowed to call for 3 cans of cream of whatever soup.
Beef Stroganoff (before)
(and after, over egg noodles)
Mile High Enchilada Pie (see Comments for recipe below)
We enjoyed saying this more than eating it.
Mediterranean Stew (before, how fun to put a half-lemon into the middle of it!)
Stuffed Garden Peppers (before)
Moroccan Stew (I loved all the flavors here!) (see Comments for recipe below)
And some Spiced Apple Butter. (This was surprisingly too flavorful for me. Next time I'll stick with a traditional apple butter recipe.)
Not pictured, but enjoyed anyway: Cashew Curry Chicken, Ceci/Garbanzo Soup, Black Bean Soup, Shredded Chicken Tacos.
I still hope to try Beef Barley Soup, Sauerkraut, and an Indian Bean Stew.
If y'all have some really great crockpot recipes, I can assure you, I'll try it. Send it my way!