I'm having a hard time lately preparing wholesome, nutritious, affordable meals for my family. DH often works late and if I wait for him to help me cook, we end up eating late. Plus, he's so tired by the time he gets home (mandatory overtime at his workplace) that he wants to take the easiest route (not always the healthiest). I'm 20 weeks pregnant with a 14 month old. He's been teething and fussy lately, wanting to be held near constantly. This can make cooking hard. Plus, a few months ago, my 11 1/2 year old DSD moved in with us full time, and it's really changed the afternoon routine in our home. Add to that the fact that I'm beginning to pack for a move in about 3 months (but I need to get most of the packing done within 2 months). I've been feeling overwhelmed in general and have been wasting a lot of money on takeout. I've also been feeding my family processed crap.
I really need ideas for wholesome, healthy vegan meals (some can be vegetarian or with vegetarian options) that are relatively easy to prepare. It's okay if they're not quick as long as they don't take a long time and require a ton of monitoring. For example, I'm fine with a pot of soup simmering for an hour or chili beans for half a day. Things that have multiple steps or require constant monitoring for a long period of time are more difficult. I don't really have a reliable crock pot. Ours works when it wants to. :-( I feel silly because I've been vegetarian, off and on vegan, for 8 years now and feel like I should have this stuff down. The difficulty is that most of the meals I like to prepare are time consuming and/or labor intensive (and some of my favorites aren't affordable enough).
Please offer advice or menu samples. Thanks so much!!