Fast Food for Slow Sundays

 Posted by on March 16, 2010  Add comments
Mar 162010

We all want peaceful Sundays, right? So, you’ve gotten into the habit of being ready a little at a time throughout the week. You’ve planned for the unexpected. Let’s say now that you’ve gotten your family to and from church. Everybody is all loaded back in the car, on the way home. “I’m huuun–greee! What’s for lunch?” You have choices. Let me offer a solution. One that has become habit.

We used to go out for lunch on Sunday. Fast food after church. Or even a nice restaurant. Before Dave Ramsey. Before we toted two epipens. Now, we still have fast food. We just cook it slow.

A little pre-planning it all it takes.

The ability to come face to face with a piece of raw meat at 7 a.m. on a Sunday morning is the hardest part. It’s worth it. Trust me on this. Because the goal is for Sunday to be the best day of the week – a day of worship and rest.

Quite by accident I settled into a routine of slow cooker favorites for Sunday lunch. You can group them into restaurant categories and rotate:

Assignments for the wait staff:

While you have a captive audience and stomachs are growling, hand out assignments. But do so in a tempting way.

  • “Youngest girl, you do the best job folding paper napkins and making the table so pretty. I‘d like for you to help your sister set the table as soon as we get home.”
  • “Eldest boy, how handy you are with the can opener. Would you pick us out your favorite canned veggie and get it ready for us, please? Can’t wait to see what you pick!”
  • You may also need an older sibling to entertain the youngest.
  • Ask for a volunteer drink handler for special water. Special water is very good for everyone with Sunday lunch. It’s the ice cube that makes it special.

Cost comparison:

$35 dining out for family of seven versus $5 to $10 eating at home and having enough for leftovers. Folks, that’s a savings of up to $100 a month and $1,200 a year. I’m all for fast food the slow way.

And guess what? Half the time we use paper plates.

Make Sunday the best day of the week. Save money while you’re at it.

13 -14If you watch your step on the Sabbath and don’t use my holy day for personal advantage, If you treat the Sabbath as a day of joy, God’s holy day as a celebration, If you honor it by refusing ‘business as usual,’ making money, running here and there— Then you’ll be free to enjoy God! Oh, I’ll make you ride high and soar above it all. I’ll make you feast on the inheritance of your ancestor Jacob.” Yes! God says so! ~ Isaiah 58:14 The Message

Even more to get you started:


Getting Ready for Sunday – Part Two of Fast Food for Slow Sundays – is a detailed explanation of being ready. I post easy Sunday meals and weekly meal plans on my personal Hodgepodge blog in I’m Writing My Own Cookbook.

I love the slow cooker so much I planned a month worth of crock pot meals: Month Long Slow Cooker Celebration. You can make slow cooker meals even easier with Big-Shop Cooking. Watch for future habits on family activities with the Sunday box.

What is your family’s Sunday lunch habit? How do you keep Sundays restful?

-Tricia homeschools five children from preschool to middle school. She’s forsaken life in the drive thru lane for the road home. She’s saving bucks and her sanity with the frugal recipes and sock it away strategies of her Southern roots. You can find her facing that daily dose of chaos at Hodgepodge. Tricia is a.k.a. Hodgepodgemom.

  15 Responses to “Fast Food for Slow Sundays”

  1. Love all these ideas for peaceful Sundays. I especially like this one. Everybody wants yummy food after church, but who wants to start cooking when you stroll in at 12:45? Not me! I’ll definitely be trying this one.

  2. Now tell us more about those plates! We do sandwhiches for Sunday lunch, most of the time the boys aren’t even hungry…don’t understand because they aren’t eating in the service with us. I make a good meal that night because it’s one of the few nights Allen is home during a week. As much as I want to like my crockpot, other than roast I can’t seem to get the flavor/texture I want. Still working on that meal list for ya!

    • Jenny – I wonder if the problem is your crock pot? Since I replaced mine with the crack in it 🙂 things have been better. My former one was boiling away our suppers. The new one I have I can set to time… then switch to warm. That’s made a big difference too.

      The plates in the first picture are some Nana got us probably six years ago. On sale after Valentines from Pottery Barn kids. We use them every day!

      I look forward to your list 🙂

  3. Wonderful!! I will be trying some if not all those special Sunday lunches you mentioned above!! Thanks!

  4. I have 6 little ones to feed and some are picky. I am going to look through your slowcooker recipes tonight after I get to relax from making homemade pizza. I love pizza, can you make that in a slow cooker? LOL. There will be new recipes on the menu for Sunday afternoons. Thank you.

  5. Ok, mouth is watering… but none of the links lead me to the actual recipe! Help?!?

  6. Can you please post the recipe for the spinach lasagna? …And probably any other ones you can think of that are from Menus for Moms… The archives are no longer available and I’d really like the recipe to make for my spinach loving fiance. Id appreciate it so much! Thank you too for all your great tips!

  7. Sunday is not the Sabbath.

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