How to Save Time and Money Making Slow Cooker Meals
Do you hate getting home and needing something for dinner fast? Using the slow cooker can save you time and money. Having dinner ready when you get home from work is awesome. Not having to stand over a skillet or pan is a great time saver. When dinner is already ready, there is much less temptation to eat unhealthy fast food and blow your family’s budget.
Using your slow cooker to cook for your daycare kids is a great way to save time. It’s great to throw all the ingredients in the crock pot in the morning or the night before and not have to worry about it while you’re playing with the kids.
Slow cooker meals can save you time and money
The benefits are just as great for a family. When I worked a job outside the home, I loved coming home and the smell of a yummy dinner hitting me in the face when I walked in the door. I felt so great having planned ahead so I didn’t have to try to come up with an idea when I was dog tired after work.
I also love having a slow cooker meal going for dinner for my family that I don’t have to take time away from my kids to tend. The slow cooker is the greatest thing ever. I love it as a time saver. Some slow cookers even having timers on them so they turn on at a later time or turn off when the cooking time is done.
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Here are some of my stand by slow cooker meals.
Taco soup is one of my kid’s and my family’s all-time favorites. When our grown daughter comes home, she often asks for this meal if I ask her what she’s hungry for. Click here to see how I make it.
Pork roast is one of my favorite meals. I love to put the roast with some salt and pepper into the slow cooker and cooking it all day. Then it just shreds with a fork. It’s so delicious and you can do a million different things with it. One thing I love to do is add some homemade bbq rub and some tomato sauce, and make bbq sandwiches. Click here to see the recipe for that.
Another great pork roast idea is to leave it with just salt and pepper and you can shred it up for tacos, (my favorite), use it as plain pork sandwiches, or you can use it in casseroles, stir fry, or any other dish you’d like. Pork roast is amazing slow cooked. It’s inexpensive as well, so it won’t cost a fortune to have a ton of meat. Click here for 5 meals you can make with one pork roast!
Beef roast is really versatile in the slow cooker as well. I like to sear the roast on all sides at a high heat and then dump it in the slow cooker with some carrots, potatoes, and onions. Cook on high all day until it shreds with a fork. You can make bbq beef sandwiches, beef sandwiches, eat it sliced with the veggie on the side, or use it in dishes as well.
I love slow cooker beans. I don’t really care for ham and beans; my family likes our beans cooked with a packet of taco mix. Click here to see how I make my homemade packets. I soak the beans in water of 8-24 hours. Drain and rinse them. Then add water to cover again and the packet of taco mix. Cook on high around 8 hours and they are so yummy. I like to serve them on tortilla chips and top with cheese or with a side of corn bread. Delicious.
Another great time/money saver is to toss a whole chicken with some herbs and cut up onions into the slow cooker and cook it on high until the meat falls off the bone. It’s similar to rotisserie chicken. You can even use the same spices. I use salt, pepper, and some thyme for my flavorings and some onions and garlic. You can serve the meat cut up into pieces or shred it and use it in a ton of different ways. Quesadillas, tacos, casserole, stir fry, sandwiches plain, chicken salad sandwiches, top a lettuce salad with it, top a baked potato.
All of these meats can be used in hundreds of recipes and one roast or whole chicken can make multiple meals. It’s a great time saver, saves you money because the meat cuts are inexpensive AND it cuts down on the heat in your kitchen. Using the slow cooker is great for the environment too because it uses much less energy than your stove or oven. It’s a win- win.
Here are a ton of other great slow cooker recipes that use real, healthy foods from some of my blogging friends. I’m hungry from all this healthy, tasty crock pot talk!
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