Little effort, big taste – slow cookers make dinner a snap
School is back in session and everyone is settling into their new routines, so now is a great time to shift your focus to evening family time. It’s important to focus on getting healthy meals on the table as often as possible during the week and when it comes down to it, the less time you have to spend preparing dinner, the more time you’ll have to enjoy time with family.Spend less time cooking and more time enjoying your family. Easy midweek meal #recipes from @cabotcheese Click To Tweet
The slow cooker is one our favorite kitchen tools. With very little effort, you can have a warm, healthy meal waiting for you when you get home! Slow cookers are often used to make dinners but don’t forget that you can also use them to make breakfasts, side dishes and even desserts!
Here are a few tips for using your slow cooker:
- Prep ahead of time. There are lots of meals that let you gather the ingredients in a Ziploc bag and freeze. When it’s time to cook, just add the contents to your slow cooker and turn it on. Or, put everything in the crock the night before and stick it in the fridge. Before you head out the door in the morning, let the crock come to room temp, place it in the slow cooker and turn it on!
- Think beyond dinner. You can easily make things like oatmeal in the slow cooker. Just add the ingredients before you go to bed, turn it on and breakfast will be waiting when you wake up!
- Make extra. Slow cookers are great for prepping large quantities of meat to be used later in tacos, quesadillas, salads and more.
- Make a big batch of pulled pork (see below) or chicken to use throughout the week, or cook, shred and freeze it so your freezer is stocked with pre-cooked meat for easy dinners.
Follow these tips to help make your evenings as healthy and stress-free as possible!
Keep dinner quick and simple by using your slow cooker during the week! Try these recipes to get started:
Whitney Bond, whitneybond.com
One of my favorite things to make in the slow cooker is pulled pork tenderloin. Most people use pork shoulder or pork butt to make pulled pork, but pork tenderloin works just as well and is much healthier! Pork tenderloin is the most tender cut of pork, and ounce for ounce it’s as lean as a skinless chicken breast!
Now that you have a list of delicious recipes, dig out that slow cooker and get ready for hearty (and easy) meals, all fall season long.
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