Sorry I’ve been so quiet here, but I’ve been swamped getting my kids ready for back-to-school and going back to school myself. Fall is always incredibly busy for me, as it is for most moms and families. I’m pulled in so many directions this time of year, that cooking at home is difficult.
The challenge is to stay green and healthy, while keeping my sanity. No small task. I have found one thing that helps me, if I plan ahead. Oh, planning, that is a challenge for me too. When it comes to meals, I often find myself in the category of “fly by the seat of my pants.”
If you can manage to plan ahead, just a little bit, slow cookers are an ideal way to stay on your healthy, green path. You can add all those glorious local ingredients in the morning and return home to a delicious, organic, local, home-cooked meal. It also uses less energy than turning on the oven.
One step greener is to use a solar oven. Unfortunately, my yard is too wooded and shady to take advantage of the free solar energy. When we tried it in our yard, we literally had to move the oven four times. That’s OK if you can be there all day, but it doesn’t work if you are gone.
The other night my family and I ate a delicious meal that was waiting for us when we came home. That morning I sliced an organic onion, and put it in the bottom of the crock, added browned organic chicken, fresh thyme, rosemary, minced garlic, organic chicken broth and some leftover green olives. I then set the slow cooker and went about my busy day. When we came home that night, Voila!
So, dust off your slow cooker or pick up a second-hand one at a thrift sale or a new one at the store, and make your crazy, busy life a little saner and greener.