Then I pulled out my Crock Pot cookbook, and I immediately remembered why. Most of the meat-based recipes call for gravy or cream-based soups, things that would undoubtedly taste great on a cold night, but things that we nonetheless try to stay far, far away from. And the "vegetable recipes" are for little more than baked beans and creamed corn. (There's a problem with cooking veggies in a crock pot anyway, you I haven't come across a recipe that would get ridiculously overcooked if you left it in for 8 hrs.)
So my crock pot really only ever gets used around the holidays. Wanting to change that, I looked for less traditional recipes, and came up with a promising-looking one for Indonesian-style chicken. All I had to do was throw chicken in the crock pot with a little bit of water and soy sauce, garlic and ginger, and let it cook for the day. It worked! Less than ten minutes of prep time, and I got to come home to an almost finished product: in order to make the dipping sauce for the chicken, I simply mixed some peanut butter into the remaining water and soy sauce. It was great!
So here's to the first non-vegetarian meal I've made myself since I started this journey. I got to use my crock pot, I made a relatively inexpensive, healthy, and tasty Indonesian-style meal. I'm going to keep searching for new things to do with the crock pot: wish me luck!
Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Snow Peas