The reason why I choose the HB is that it will allow me to get it to the exact temperature for the cooking time that I need. I also like the fact that I know what temperature it cooks at. I can get it to a very low temperature for a longer cooking time. A slow cooker doesn't brown foods but that is fine for me since that is one thing I'm trying to avoid.
I think what I will do is cook the main meal in the slow cooker all day on the lowest temperature I can. By that time the slow cooker will have automatically lowered down keeping the meal warm. When I get home I'll start off with a raw salad. While eating the salad I'll use the steamer and lightly steam vegetables and brown rice. When I'm done with the salad the rest of my courses will be ready to eat.
I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.