I need help. Grad school is consuming all of my free time and energy (I always thought people were exaggerating about that, but I know better now!), and my lovely boyfriend manages to ruin cooking dry pasta. The result? We're eating out for at least 50% of our meals. It's expensive, and soon to be more expensive when we need to buy new, bigger pants.
We've just moved to a neighborhood with a pretty basic, albeit large, supermarket, and some decent hispanic markets, but grocery shopping is a once-a-week affair at the moment. In my single days, when I was still cooking regularly, I was used to being able to stop at the whole foods or trader joes in walking distance a few times a week, so having to plan ahead so much is new to me. We've got a CSA membership, but that's winding down for the season.
So, I need some very, very simply, healthy slow cooker recipes or weeknight meals that don't require much prep or many fancy ingredients. We're talking chop and dump. Browning seems ambitious right now! Six kinds of fresh herbs probably isn't happening either-- I'm still trying to convince my boyfriend not to boil carrots (really). The more simply I can make these things, the better. I'm hoping to be able to print some things out and stick them in a binder in the kitchen so whoever has the time can get a meal started.
Am I doomed to lots and lots of things that begin with opening cans of cream of mushroom soup? Or eating pasta and canned sauce the entire winter (again, leading to a need for new pants...)? Looking online at recipes, and even at cookbooks, there don't seem to be many good options. What did you all eat when you were young, first living together, and just starting out?
thank you thank you thank you!