Here’s the scoop: the school year is approaching, your kids are gearing up for long days, and you are gearing up for the school-year cooking routine.
What to do to make life easier? My answer is the slow-cooker. I get that baby fired up the minute the school days begin and focus on making the kids’ favorites a few days a week. The slow-cooker can be your answer to so many school night cooking conundrums.
It is also possible to flip the switch early in the day, leave the house, and return to a nearly complete dinner that both the kids AND parents will love. It makes the school nights so much more manageable and delicious for everyone.
Here are a few of our personal favorites to start you off on the right foot!
1. Slow Cooker Ham and Black Bean Soup
A gorgeous soup for fall is the ham and black bean soup that is studded with vegetables. Start the cooking when you leave the house and it is all ready for dinner when you get home!
2. Slow Cooker Spicy Peanut Curry
Just because it is a weeknight doesn’t mean you can’t fake-out take-out. Make this delicate and delicious spicy Indian curry in the slow-cooker while you are out all day. Then serve it over rice for dinner!
3. Slow Cooker Pork Chops
Slow cookers aren’t just for soups. Make a simple pork chop dinner for the family on a weeknight. It is so easy and there is no stove top needed once you run in the door. Simply serve it straight out of the pot!
4. Slow Cooker Root Beer Brisket
A long slow braise it was makes a brisket amazing. Make this super simple brisket with root beer as the main braising ingredient! The family will love the flavor and you will love how easy it is to make!
5. Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup
This delicious soup is completely vegan! It is also very inexpensive and very easy to make. Let it simmer away all day while you are out and you’ll enjoy a healthy dinner when you get home!
6. Slow Cooker Leg of Lamb
Leg of lamb may be a little fancy for a weeknight, but you can make it so easily with this simple recipe. Even the potatoes are included in the pot making it one of the easiest recipes ever!
7. Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Thighs
Your slow cooker can be used to make so many different cuisines! Take your family to Thailand with this easy chicken thighs recipe. It is so simple and the flavors will blow your mind!
8. Slow Cooker Vegetable Leek Beef and Barley Soup
A hearty soup is great for fall weeknights. This vegetable packed beef soup will be ideal for hungry nights when you don’t have time to cook. You can just let it simmer in the slow cooker all day!