“What are you doing for dinner?” I asked her.
“That’s just it!” she said. “I’m trying to figure out what in the world we’re going to eat!”
I knew exactly what she was talking about. With sports practices and Cub Scouts (and those are just the kids’ activities), we’re often running around right until dinnertime, and then I experience the same panic: What in the world are we going to do for dinner?
We could eat out, sure, but that’s often not the healthiest and certainly not the most cost-effective way to go. And if I wait until we get home to throw something together, it’s often some form of chicken nugget from the freezer because we’re all already starving, and I’m too tired to put together anything more time-consuming or complicated.
We try our best to eat together as a family, which means that we often eat fairly late, after practices and after my husband gets home from work. But this time around the table is often the only time all day when we’re all together and sitting down, not rushing around or all doing our own thing. We say grace together; we talk about our highs and lows. We just talk. It’s a key part of our family life, and I’m not willing to let that go by the wayside for soccer practice. Besides, it’s right there in Proverbs 31: 15! The capable wife “provides food for her household.”
I actually really like providing food for the household—both experimenting with new recipes and making tried-and-true meals I know the boys love. Yet when we’re all walking in the door at 6:30, a home-cooked family dinner seems a bit daunting.
One way I often make dinner happen on these days is to throw something in the crockpot in the morning or right after school pickup.
One of our favorite recipes is so easy it takes only a few minutes to put together.
Crockpot Mexican Chicken
One package of chicken breast (fresh or frozen)
One can of black beans, rinsed and drained
One package frozen corn
One jar of salsa (I like Trader Joe’s brand)
Place the chicken breasts on the bottom of the crockpot, and pour everything else on top. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.
That’s it! Easiest crockpot recipe ever, right? If you’re ambitious you can make rice or guacamole or just serve some tortilla chips on the side like we usually do.
Enjoy your family dinner!