Sundays have been crazy lately. Since we share our church building with two other congregations, we switched in January to the 11:00-2:00 time block. Not good for lunchtime or naptime for little ones (or me!).
After church, we come home, scramble to make our traditional Sunday spaghetti as quickly as possible, then get Red Chief down for a nap--at 3:15 if we were lucky. Then we had to wake him at 4:00 to be back at church for choir. Ack.
Last week, I tried something new. On Thursday, I made up Sunday's lunch and dinner. On Sunday, all I had to do was turn on the slow cooker, and we had cabbage roll casserole waiting for us when we got home. When we got hungry for dinner, we threw a dish of spinach dip in the oven, and we had a fun evening snack with no work at all.
It took a little planning, but simply having our meals ready ahead of time changed Sunday from a frenzied marathon to a true day of rest. It was definitely worth it!
For my family: don't worry. We'll still be eating our weekly spaghetti--just on Mondays.
Oh, and does anyone have any great make-ahead slow cooker or casserole recipes that don't involve large hunks of meat? I haven't used the slow cooker much, so I don't have a very good repertoire of recipes that we like, and I'm having a hard time finding vegetable-oriented recipes.