I had a similar experience on Friday - not that I was driving around with nicely charred zucchini, but that the rice and beans I'd made for dinner were cooking as I walked in the door at 6pm- a combination of my slow cooker and my rice cooker and some work earlier in the day made all the difference. All I had to do was chop cilantro to go on the beans, take the cabbage slaw out of the refrigerator and cube some jicama to nibble on. Full recipes for the menu here, courtesy of January's Meatless Monday class.
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