Monday, December 14, 2015

Crock-pot and the Legend of Dinner

For the first 3 months of Addy's life I continued in my attempt to juggle, but let's be honest it looked more like a flail and most of the things up in the air landed on the ground in a splat.  I began to grasp at straws desperate to complete a task or just do something right.  Then like an answer from the universe to my silent screams, I inadvertently glanced at the bottom shelf in my kitchen; and there it was, like a glowing beacon of success, the crock-pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.  It's possible I heard angels sing at the moment I realized, I could do something!! I could do something NORMAL, something I knew how to do that might just have an amazing end result.  But how?  How could I get everything prepared?  She hardly gave me more than 5 minutes at a time unless she was sleeping and I needed all her sleep time for work.  It became clear very quickly, that all I would need at any given time was about 5 minutes to prepare things.  I could do it in 5 minute increments and many things could also be done while I had her in the the sling or baby carrier.

Grate Cheese - Done
Change a diaper
Slice a few vegetables - Done
Mat and Tummy time
Boil chicken - Done
Kiss and Chew on her feet maybe some cuddles and giggles
Open Cans - Done

I also realized that at some point my husband would come home, and I might even have 20 minutes all at once to prepare.  Dinner could be prepared the night before and put in the crock-pot the next morning all while holding my child.  I COULD DO THIS WITH ONE HAND!! Oh, crock-pot, you magical, wonderful, unicorn of dinner.

With this realization, these are the recipes I tried and made with great success.  They were not only pretty simple to do but turned out amazingly delicious.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup was a huge hit with my husband and was great with leftovers for his lunches the next few days.  Below you will find my edits to make this with the "Infant in the House" time constraints.

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