6 Quick & Easy Slow Cooker Dinners for Busy Moms
Of all my kitchen tools, I use my Cuisinart Slow Cooker the most. Cooking for my family is something I truly enjoy. It helps me feel sane, and something I made a priority to get back to after I had my son.
The thing is, making dinner with a newborn and now with a toddler, is no easy feat!
Actively cooking dinner as I get him ready for bed does not work well for anyone, and is certainly not the enjoyable experience I’m going for. The time I do have to cook is before he gets up (often part of my morning routine) and during his nap.
This is when my slow cooker saves the day! I can throw things together in the timeframe that works for my schedule, and dinner is ready when my husband and I are ready to eat.
Here are 6 of my favorite easy slow cooker dinners that are also healthy:
I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve made this recipe, and now that my toddler enjoys it, I’ll be making it that much more. The great thing about this one is how forgiving it is. You can use whatever veggies you have on hand, with not much need to measure. I’ve used squash, kale, onion and tomatoes, spinach, etc.
I recently made two batches of this for 20 people at our lake house family reunion and not only was it easy to do, everyone LOVED it!
What I like about this recipe, is that you can personalize it with toppings as you serve, and if you don’t want to, it still tastes amazing! Avocados are a must if you have ripe ones sitting around, or plop on some guacamole. I don’t like sour cream, but my husband puts a healthy dose on his, and we both use hot sauce, just different amounts.
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But back to this amazing recipe, Lasagna Soup!
My husband loves a good corn chowder, but they are typically super rich and have more saturated fat than I’d like to feed my family. This recipe somehow maintains the flavor without loading us with excess fats.
This recipe packs a ton of delightful flavors and is a great introduction to Indian food for young kids. You can serve with Naan, brown rice, or – my favorite – cauliflower rice. Brown rice and cauliflower rice typically don’t make for a quick dinner, Birdseye makes it insanely easy with Steamable bags of Brown rice, and Green Giant now sells Cauliflower rice. I like to stock up since these are so versatile.
Cooking dinner doesn’t have to be a big production to be healthy and meaningful. Check out this post for more super easy Halfway to Homemade dinners to ease back into the swing of things.
Figuring out how to get back into cooking – or get started in the first place! – is something I help new moms do. If healthy cooking, and finding the time to do it, is a puzzle for you, let’s talk!. Shoot me an email at Samantha@simplywellcoaching.com to set up a quick 20 minute chat to see if health coaching is right for you right now!
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