Creating a meal from scratch is important to me but my life is busy so I rely on simple, easy meals more often than not. How do I do it?
I’m so glad you asked.
I Have a Secret Weapon
Keeping things simple can help you prepare great tasting, nourishing meals for your family without spending a lot of time if you use what I like to call my ‘secret weapon’ – my Crockpot®. A little advanced preparation will save you many hours over the year and a lot of stress over trying to decide what to cook for dinner.
If you have a knack for cooking you may be able to throw together a slow cooker full of wonderful foods you have on hand to make a delectable dinner. At my house, we call that delicious concoction, ‘Stuff in a Crockpot’.
If you need to follow some tried and true recipes to achieve that then no worries because I’ve compiled a list of delicious slow cooker dishes into a new collection along with weekly shopping lists to take the burden off of you to gather the ingredients.
Many people shy away from making some of the traditional comfort foods because it’s so time consuming and labor intensive. But I’ve got a surprise for you!
Here’s a slow cooker spaghetti for you to try (not included in my new book). You’ll be amazed at how easy this is!
Slow Cooker Spaghetti
- 2 lbs. ground beef
- 6 cups tomato juice
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 (29 oz.) can tomato sauce
- 1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 3 tsp. dried Italian seasonings
- 1 1/2 tsps. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1 (16 oz.) box angel hair pasta, broken
- Brown ground beef, drain and add to 4-6 quart slow cooker.
- Add all remaining ingredients except for the pasta. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or low 4-5 hours.
- During the last half hour of cooking stir in the broken pasta. It will cook to perfection right there in the slow cooker.
Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese and a little parsley before serving, if desired.
This recipe goes especially well with French bread and side salad. To make that easy I like to stop by the grocery store bakery and pick up a take and bake loaf so we have hot, fresh bread to go with dinner. If I’m short on time to make a salad I’ll pick up a bagged salad base and some fresh veggies to mix in.
The beauty of using the slow cooking method is there is no last minute rush to get dinner done because you started dinner at breakfast time.
Ready to learn how to get a homemade dinner on the table and still have time to tackle your busy day?
Slow Cooking Recipes for the Busy Mom by Tracy Roberts gives you 30 days of recipes for your crockpot plus shopping lists to make sure you have everything you need on hand for quick & easy stress-free meal planning. There’s even a private Facebook group where we’ll be challenging each other to create delicious meals (and share the recipes). Click now and order your copy of Slow Cooking Recipes for the Busy Mom: Quick & Easy, Stress-Free Meal Options today!
P.S. It’s never to let to join the Challenge so get your copy ordered today and let’s get started