My friend Tracy Roberts has just released a new ebook on slow cooker recipes. When I told her that we’re always looking for quick meal ideas during our favorite times of the year (LOAD anyone?!), she offered to pull together a little blog post for us. Here’s Tracy!
In the midst of working from home, home schooling two kids and trying to keep the house in some semblance of order, I confess that sometimes dinner is the last thing on my mind.
Freezer and once –a-month cooking aren’t the easiest things for me to do and I’ll admit that I’m a little lazy, however, I am able to put home cooked meals on the table quickly & easily by using my secret weapon.
When I heard that you all were holding a month long humdinger of scrapbooking goodness and I’ve got an easy fix that will save you time cooking dinner so you can show up for that scrapbooking get together.
Use a slow cooker.
Your slow cooker just might be one of the most underused tools in your kitchen but once you get the hang of it you’ll pull it out often.
I like to experiment with what I have the pantry to come up with new meals to try out on my family. Most come out fantastic!
I suppose here is where I should admit I have a slow cooker addiction. Can you relate? I have at least 4 but a couple are on their last legs so it’s time to start shopping for another one.
Why do I have so many? Well, after dinner the other day I brought a second slow cooker to the table. Since we had just eaten they were a little confused until I took off the lid and showed them the chocolate slow cooker cake I had prepared.
Cake in a Crockpot
- a box of store bought cake mix,
- a package of instant chocolate pudding,
- a cup of chocolate chips,
- 4 eggs,
- an 8 oz. container of sour cream,
- 3/4 cup oil and
- a cup of water
Into my slow cooker, mixed it up well and cooked it on high for 3 hours.
My family was happy to top of a great dinner with warm chocolate cake with a dollop of vanilla ice cream to boot.
It’s hard to mess up a meal in the slow cooker but for those who need a little coaching I’ve got a new cookbook called Slow Cooking Recipes for the Busy Mom: Quick & Easy Stress-Free Meal Options. This is the perfect companion for you to use with your slow cooker to get full meal dinners on the table that will impress your family but take very little time to prepare.
Providing my family with great tasting, nutritional meals is important and I want to share my expertise with other busy moms to take the stress out of meal time and make more time for the things we want to do like attend ScrapHappy’s Layout A Day challenges! 😉