Being a working mom and wife, who is always on the go, one of the most important things I like to maintain throughout our busy schedules, is dinner time together with the entire family. There are studies which show how meaningful dinner around the table is to a child’s upbringing. My husband & I want to create long lasting memories with our children as well as instill good values and traditions in them. We find catching up with one another and taking a breath from the day behind us is one of the best things we can do for our family. But, the questions arise, what are we going to eat? How do we eat healthy and yet find recipes which will work for our schedule and the time allotted in our days to cook? How do we make something that everyone will enjoy? It took me a long time to figure out all of the answers to these questions in addition to keeping everyone happy, full & satisfied.
For us, the answer came in the form of a slow cooker. If you ever tried cooking a meal with a toddler grabbing your legs to hug you or wanting to be picked up to see what you’re doing with that pot and spoon, which results in wanting to touch the stove (EEK!), well you get my drift, it’s not an easy task to accomplish. When I use the slow cooker, I prep the food as soon as my daughter is off to school and before I sit down to start my day of work. I choose recipes which have a short prep time (10-15 minutes plus clean up). Once all the ingredients are in the slow cooker, I head into the office. At the end of the work day, I finish the final instructions to complete the meal and in 5 minutes, we have dinner on the table. The best part of all? Making enough leftovers to serve the family for another day of the week. I cook slow cooker meals 2-3 times a week, depending on the volume the recipe makes. The other days, we do extra leftovers, take out (family pizza night!) or treat ourselves to dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants! The key here is, there is flexibility in making dinner and you have to figure out what works best for you.
We rounded up the best & simple healthy slow cooker recipes for your family here. Bon Appétit!
- Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes: A savory and packed with protein meal.
- Honey Garlic Chicken & Veggies: Packed with flavor & easy to add in extra veggies for variety.
- Thai Peanut Chicken with Rice: I added broccoli in the last hour to cook in for some added nutrients.
- White Chicken Chili: This recipe makes a ton. Freeze the extras for another day.
- Jambalaya: This recipe has a kick to it. Cut back on the spices for a more mild flavor.