This vegetarian menu takes a bit of initial time in the chopping/dicing/slicing stage…but then, all of the ingredients simmer in a slow cooker for most of the day without any need for further attention. The cornbread muffins are simple to make from scratch in only 30 minutes. The cookies, start-to-finish, only take about an hour and if you plan ahead, these can be made as much as a week in advance. Speaking of the cookies—just follow your favorite oatmeal-raisin cookie recipe, but make the following changes: omit any spices called for, and replace the raisins with chopped, sweetened dried cherries.

Vegetable stew of carrots, onions, celery, potatoes, turnips, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and barley with bay leaf, and dried thyme
Iceberg lettuce wedge with blue cheese dressing
Cornbread muffins

Oatmeal-cherry-walnut cookies