I bought a slowcooker on Saturday. I wasn’t sure if I was going to buy another one since moving to Perth, but the heat wave we’ve been having (+40 degrees Celsius every day) changed my mind – and the fact that I’m 36 weeks pregnant. By 4pm I pretty much have no energy left to stand in a hot kitchen and cook something so I figured getting a slowcooker would be worth the investment (of $25…at Big W, aka Walmart). I’ve also missed making my yogurt and since we’ve been having smoothies all the time it’s nice to have plain yogurt to throw in it. Eden LOVES yogurt, it’s probably her snack of choice these days, so making it in the slowcooker is much more frugal.
That said the meals this week are centered on slowcooker recipes. Since Tim’s not going to be around for 10 days I need to be somewhat organized when it comes to meals so Eden and I don’t just end up eating pbj sandwiches, or bread and cheese all the time. I also want to make sure I don’t have a lot of work to do during the pre-supper time because Eden normally needs a lot of attention (when Daddy comes home and plays with her normally) and I want to make sure we’re eating veggies.
To be honest I’ve been finding this summer cooking thing difficult. Tim and I like salads and other cold meals but Eden doesn’t really eat raw veggies so I’m finding it difficult to think of meals that we can all eat and enjoy together. I’m also finding that making raw meals like salads takes more work at supper time and doesn’t last as long (normally we get 1 meal, maybe lunch the next day) before they go bad. If you have any summer recipes that contradict what I’ve said please share them in the comments!
That said, here is my meal plan for the next 9 days! For most of these recipes I can do the prep in the mornings when I have energy and Eden is happy.
Breakfasts: We normally eat breakfast cereal but I do plan on making Apple Pie Steel-Cut Oats for Saturday morning as a treat
Lunches: Quesadillas (beans, cheese, salsa, corn, peppers, baked), eggs, shaved ham with cheese and bread, leftovers, canned beans (these are all things Eden will eat usually)
S: Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Garden Salad
M: Leftover Pulled Pork (make yogurt over night)
T: Supper with friends
W: CrockPot Mac and Cheese with Frozen Peas (Eden loves frozen peas and corn, she’ll eat them when they’re still frozen for a snack!)
T: Supper with friends
F: Left over Mac and Cheese (make Apple Pie Steel-Cut Oats over night)
S: Homemade Pizza (clean out fridge meal)
S: CrockPot Pesto Fish, Rice, and Frozen Veg
Tim doesn’t return until Wednesday night but I think I’m going to leave the last 2 days for now because I’m not really sure what I’m going to have left in the fridge. I don’t want to waste food and we’ll definitely go through a lot less with him gone.
So there you have it, enough meals to feed us until Tim gets home Wednesday evening! Hopefully nothing unforeseen will happen, like me going into early labour while he’s away. I’m really nervous about him leaving for that long but I’ve been trying to stay positive about it. It’s definitely going to be a test for me, especially since I’ve been so tired lately with the whole pregnancy thing. Please keep us all in your thoughts and prayers this week. We would love to hear from you via comments or phone calls so feel free to touch base, but don’t forget about the 12 hour time difference if you’re calling from Canada’s East Coast… And please don’t feel offended if I can’t talk for long, life is unpredictable with a toddler and I like to nap when she does:)