Daryl sometimes jokes that I’m a crock pot.
Apparently when you go 10 days overdue with one baby and then five days overdue with the next, you get labeled a slow cooker.
The thing is though, I am in love with my crock pot, so I don’t care.
One of the easiest ways to simplify a crazy day is to make a crock pot meal. Toss in the ingredients and then go about your day.
I’m not unique in suggesting this, but it’s made a huge difference for our family’s soul space, especially on Sundays.
After being at church all morning the kids are usually in hunger meltdown city. After preaching or assisting in worship, Daryl and I are so tired we feel, as Eugene Peterson once wrote, that we don’t have “any skin on.”
Then we walk in the door and smell a beef roast, or carnitas, or chili, or vegetable soup. It’s hot. It’s ready. All we have to do is scoop it into bowls or ladle it onto plates.
Our latest favorite is salmon with red potatoes. Drizzle a little olive oil on the salmon, sprinkle on some salt, pepper, and garlic, and put each filet into a sealed aluminum foil packet (rip off a piece of foil, put the fish in the middle, crimp the edges, and voilà). Wash the red potatoes and poke each one a couple of times so it doesn’t explode, and put them on top of the foil salmon. Cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 6.
If you get home a little early, you can throw in some fresh green beans for half an hour, too. The fish steams to perfection inside the foil, and you only have one dish to wash. Win, win, win.
If you need some recipe ideas, check out Stephanie O’Dea’s A Year of Slow Cooking. Tons of free recipes, all gluten free, many can be pre-frozen, and I met her at a conference once and she’s just as nice as she looks in the header photo.
Do you have a favorite slow cooker recipe? Care to share?
6 thoughts on “Cook Slowly (Soul Space Thursdays)”
I will try your salmon recipe! My family is picky about crock pot recipes. The two favorites are from the Skinnytaste blog: Sante Fe Chicken (for rice bowls, tacos or salads) and Cuban Piccadilly (which we are eating tonight!). Both are GF:)
Cuban Picadillo** because autocorrect
Love this! Thank you, friend. I’ll have to try it. Anything with even a hint of southern spice makes Daryl so happy.
Oh funny- I was just gifted a king salmon by a fisherman friend- I will have to try this one. I LOOOOOOVE crockpot cooking. We actually do periodic ‘make ahead meal’ parties at church too, where we get together and assemble crockpot meals for the freezer (and maybe do an extra set for a family who can use it 🙂 )
It’s the best, isn’t it? A friend commented on my Facebook page that you could use parchment paper instead of aluminum foil for the salmon packets. I haven’t tried it yet, but let me know if you do! 🙂 Happy salmon dinner to you!
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Many thanks 🙂