When you’re getting home from school at 5:30 or 6:00 at night, there’s no time to cook dinner. Why not put your slow cooker to work? Turn it on in the morning, and dinner will be ready when you get home. These are some of my favorite slow cooker meals for busy teachers.
Slow Cooker Meals for Busy Teachers
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On busy school nights, my slow cooker is my best friend. I throw the ingredients into it in the morning before rushing out the door to school. When I get home, dinner is ready.
This year, my slow cooker is getting used more often than it ever has before. My husband stopped teaching 5th grade this year and is home during the day. Since he doesn’t cook, I throw the ingredients in the slow cooker, and he turns it on around 9 or 10, so dinner is ready when I get home.
This solves the main problem I had with slow cooker meals in the past – overcooked, dry food. When I started the slow cooker at 6 in the morning when I leave for school the food cooked for 11 to 12 hours, when it was only supposed to cook about 8 hours. Many meals were ruined this way.
Another way to solve this problem is to purchase a slow cooker with a built-in timer, like the Hamilton Beach Programmable Slow Cooker. Then, you can choose when it starts to avoid overcooking.
These are some of my family’s favorite slow cooker meals.
Teriyaki Chicken from Dinner at the Zoo
Honey Garlic Chicken from Tip Buzz
Lemon Garlic Chicken from Magic Skillet
Cheesy Chicken and Potatoes from White Lights on Wednesday
Chicken Marsala from Moms with Crockpots
Mississippi Pot Roast from The Country Cook
Beef Tips and Gravy from Carlsbad Cravings
Chili-Lime Shredded Beef from The Stay at Home Chef
Korean Beef from Jodeze Home and Garden
Pot Roast from Don’t Waste the Crumbs
Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches from Six Sisters’ Stuff
Pulled Pork from Lauren Greutman
French Dip Sandwiches from Chef Savvy
Meatball Subs from Rick on the Rocks
Creamy Bacon Corn Chowder from Spend With Pennies
Chicken Rice Soup from Fav Family Recipes
Vegetable Beef Soup from Cincy Shopper
Slow Cooker Chili with Black Beans and Corn from Amy at Chew Out Loud
Pierogi Casserole with Kielbasa from Daily DIY Life
Easy Meal and Easy Clean-Up
Slow cooker meals are definitely some of the easiest meals you can make. Just dump everything in and let it cook. However, when I first started using my slow cooker, I remember spending so much time scrubbing it after the meal was done. The sauces would get stuck to the inside of it.
Then, I discovered Slow Cooker Liners, and now clean-up is even easier than making the meal. Just pull the bag out and throw it in the garbage. The inside of your slow cooker is spotless. These are definitely one of my favorite kitchen products!
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