10 Slow Cooker Meals Perfect for the Work From Home Family
When it comes to the family, food is always a major concern. Do we have everything we need in the pantry? What is everyone going to grab for lunch this week. Oh, and what does dinner look like?
Delicious snacks are great to have, but those sit-down meals need to be shopped and prepared for. And if you’re like a lot of others right now, you may already be at home and utilizing your slow cooker just got even more appealing (am I right?). Working from home isn’t always as relaxing or convenient as it may seem.
In fact, sometimes it can feel like even more work and a lot more stressful. Calm yourselves though, because we’ve compiled 10 slow cooker meals perfect for the work from home family. There’s minimal worry and labor involved here – but there’s a lot of deliciousness that will be had within every bite.
Thai Peanut Chicken from The Recipe Critic
You would be surprised at how quickly this easy, breezy bowl of goodness can come together in a pinch. All of the ingredients are simple to find and family-friendly too. Do you want to know the best part?
This is such an easy dish to sneak extra veggies into without the little ones at the table catching wind of it (lots of zucchini and red pepper can be involved without any worry of fall-out at dinnertime). It’s such a flavorful meal with peanut and garlicky accents, but it’s made with chicken so there’s no apprehension or intimidation for the pickiest of eaters to try.
Here’s another chicken dish that you can try for the fam – but don’t worry there’s another source of protein involved here. And it’s got a lovely kick! Pour in the alfredo, everyone will want seconds of this pasta favorite.
Sausage, penne, and a low simmer, bookmark this recipe as we are sure that it will save plenty of week nights in the meal planning department.
Parmesan & Honey Pork Tenderloin from Closet Cooking
Even your pork tenderloin can find a place in your slow cooker. This honey and parmesan creation brings savory and sweet pairings to new heights. Toss a salad, through in some dinner rolls, and roast some green fingerling potatoes as the best side companions.
And that sauce is a delicious combination of garlic, thyme, and … mustard (which pairs so nicely with the honey, of course).
Did you know that classics like spaghetti can be thrown in your crockpot too? Make your day of working go by smoothly and without any worry of dinner with this simple and easy-pleasing recipe for the entire family.
This particular recipe is topped off with a delicious meat sauce and made with a healthy twist by adding in extra servings of vegetables (without anyone ever guessing that they’re there).
Mongolian beef is a favorite among take-out orders but why not learn how to make it at home. This is another stress-free meal that will delight the bellies of everyone at the dinner table tonight.
Garlic, brown sugar, ginger, and soy makes the most scrumptious of toppings and it’s so much healthier to make at home (than with the to-go specials that are packed with sodium). Note: you’ll need flank steak and it should be sliced after it’s been slightly frozen (original recipe trick!).
Chicken Cacciatore with Potatoes from Cafe Delites
Goodness, there is just so much flavor packed into this crockpot creation. Chicken cacciatore combines two family favorites: Italian flavors and chicken! Neither intimidate picky eaters and both delight everyone’s tummies.
The added potatoes give it a heartier touch and a more satisfying weight for a weeknight dinner. Just toss a salad for a side or throw some garlic bread in the oven as a pairing.
Maybe you are looking for ways to jazz up simpler dinners. Instead of beef stew, use lamb instead. This dish has a flavorful, Middle Eastern flair and it is packed full of fresh veggies. It feels like a comfort food type of dish as well and would be the perfect meal to feed the fam on a cold fall or winter night. Hop on over now and check out the video!
Everyone needs a good chili recipe up their sleeve. And this one can easily become your go to. Just throw the ingredients in your slow cooker and then serve with some fresh grilled cheeses later in the evening.
And don’t forget your toppings: cheese, sour cream, chives, and even some jalapenos could kick these bowls up a few notches.
Sweet Italian sausage, cabbage, carrots, onions, and add in some potatoes too, this hearty dish will be complete after six hours in your trusty slow cooker. You’ll be able to sit it all in the pot and work your day away without worrying about dinnertime coming to call.
It’s a satisfying meal that has all of its accompaniments right inside – no extra prep or additional dishes are needed.
And finally, we have another comforting, family-favorite that you can whip up in your crockpot. Chicken parmesan can, in fact, come to life without any need from your oven. How you ask? With this recipe, that’s how!
You will immediately need to bookmark as it will easily become one that the kids will ask for over and over again. But this isn’t your average chicken parm. Instead, you’re getting chicken parmesan meatballs that you can pour over spaghetti or slide into a bun for a savory hoagie.