As K and I start getting into far busier schedules, I decided to see what other things I could do with seitan — particularly something that could go for a few days and allow us some flexibility when it came to microwaving it. I was thinking about a stew and then I remembered I have a slow cooker/steamer/fryer contraption. Perfect! Stews are amongst the easiest to make — essentially you do the following:
– cut up veggies into bite sized chunks
– add broth
– slow cook for 6-8 hours
And that’s exactly what I did. Here’s what I created:
In the slow cooker I added:
1 package of sliced mushrooms
2 parsnips, diced
1 bag of frozen carrots, sliced
3 potatoes diced
3 celery stalks, sliced
1 onion sliced in large chunks (it’ll break up as it cooks)
1/3 of the seitan recipe, diced and sauteed in seitan broth
2 cups of seitan broth
4 cups of vegetable broth
1/4 of fresh parsley, loosely chopped
3 tablespoons of minced garlic
basil, sage, rosemary, salt and pepper to taste
Set the slower cooker to low and let bubble and cook for 6-8 hours. A slice of bread plain or with vegan butter adds to this. It’s incredibly tasty.
To me this just shows that you don’t need to order out to get quick meals. With this we now have meals for the week and we could easily freeze half for later. The best part of slow cooker cooking is that it’s relatively simple: prepare the ingredients, toss into the cooker and come back later in the day to it. I’m not the greatest cook and certainly can be the laziest but I also believe in being creative. Later today I may make some Pecan Chocolate Chip cookies. If I could find some vegan caramel, I’d add that to it and make the cookies I loved from Tim Horton’s when I used to cycle a lot. This is why I like it better when I’m in the NYC area to teach — I can relax more and enjoy life more.
I’ve been thinking about it and I don’t know if I could do this for 10 years. Then again, I’m hoping to transition to course development with a bit of either online teaching or on-the-road teaching on the side. Then I could limit my travel to maybe 20-30% and spend more time at home. This will be more critical as I get closer to the end of my visa. Year 1 is almost over and I only have 2 more years to go (unless I can get an extension for another 2 years after that). I worry a lot about whether my transitioning while on a visa will affect my ability to get that extension or get a green card. I listened to K’s DVD Off the Grid and I know I’d very much like to do that.
I have more thoughts on that but need to take off to see a movie with K. Back later! 🙂