It’s dinner time again. And once again I’m too tired to want to work very hard in the kitchen.
We went to a museum today on a field trip to an Ancient Egypt exhibit. We had a great time, and I was blown away by how much fun we had, AND how much learning we did. But the museum was an hour and a half from our house, and by the time we got home around 4:00, I was too tired to do much thinking about dinner.
Last night I had the brilliant idea to make a double batch of dinner (calzones) and feed us the extra tonight. Then, a mishap in leftover storage left us with no dinner.
Fast forward to this afternoon. I’m scanning Facebook, because, really, isn’t that the best way to decompress?. I notice several of my friends have “liked” a page: Crock Pot Girls.
The crock pot is clearly in fashion (again). The Crock Pot Girls Facebook page has over 800,000 “likes”. Recipes are getting posted so quickly they recommend taking a screen shot of it if you want to make it in case you can’t find it again.
I get it. The crock pot makes dinner a snap. You stick everything in, turn it on, then come back to a (hopefully) delicious dinner. In theory the crock pot is brilliant. Dinner is easy and most the time tasty. Why don’t I use it every night?
Clean up is a nightmare.
Imagine every baked on, greasy, pan you’ve ever had to scrub. Cleaning the crock pot is a chore.
I read on Crock Pot Girls Facebook page Reynolds makes a crock pot liner, similar to their oven bags. Fans swear it makes clean up a breeze. But I hesitate. It’s more plastic in the landfill, and I question the safety of cooking my food in plastic. We don’t even microwave in plastic containers, yet I’m supposed to cook food for 6-8 hours in plastic?
It’s a dilemma, and one to which I will give more thought (and welcome suggestions from any of you). The prospect of an easy dinner sure does make me hungry.