Now that my little one is old enough to require her own activities, balancing her busy schedule with my preschooler's often makes getting dinner made seem virtually impossible.
Difficult as it is, however, I refuse to rely on convenience foods to make up the bulk of my family's diet…
Enter the cheap slow cooker that I bought for $15 or so in some drugstore about 10 years ago and just recently rediscovered in my cabinet. There are few things more satisfying than chopping up a bunch of vegetables in the morning, pouring in some broth and having a decent dinner cook itself by dinner time.
Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup
4 cups vegetable broth
1 bay leaf
14.5 ounce can of chopped tomatoes
1 zucchini, diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 medium/large Russet potato, peeled and diced
1 romaine heart, washed well and shredded
1 cup frozen/fresh corn kernels
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup shelled edamame
1/2 cup alphabet noodle, uncooked
Mix together all ingredients, aside from noodles, in slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours, or until all of your vegetables are soft enough to make you happy.
About 1/2 hour before serving, stir in uncooked alphabet noodles and continue to cook on low.