Being a great dad is all about balance. You have to provide for your family, take care of your kids, and make time for yourself to relax and recharge. And, even if your partner makes it look easy, doing all that while keeping up with cleaning, cooking and your daily to-do list can be a major challenge.
Things like cooking and cleaning can be the last thing you have time for when you’re home alone with kids, and it can be really stressful to try to do everything at once. But next time you are in charge of getting dinner on the table, try out one tried-and-true trick that all the moms know about: the slow cooker!
Read on for a list of slow cooker recipes that are good enough to serve on football Sunday, but require no fuss and even fewer ingredients.
This will make a basic pot roast meat in a snap, with absolutely no effort. If you want to add some chopped carrots or potatoes, they will cook along with the meat. Or just serve it with a bagged salad and some baked (or microwaved) potatoes.
- 2 cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
- 1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 5 1/2 pounds pot roast
Just throw the canned soup, soup mix and water into the slow cooker and stir. Add the meat and coat it with the liquid. Leave it on high for 3-4 hours or low for 8-9 hours.
This is the perfect barbeque recipe if you want some no-fuss barbeque meat. You can get some buns and use it for barbeque sandwiches. Serve it for lunch with a pickle and some chips. Or use it as a topping for a baked potato dinner.
- 1 (3 pound) boneless chuck roast
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 (18 ounce) bottle barbeque sauce
Put the meat into the slow cooker first. Sprinkle it with the garlic and onion powders and salt and pepper. Next, pout the barbeque sauce over everything. Let it cook on low for 6-8 hours. Before it’s done, shred it and cook for one more hour.
This sounds fancy, but it’s super easy to make and absolutely delicious for tacos, nachos or any other Mexican-style dish. To make tacos, just buy some tortillas, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese or sour cream.
- 1 (16 ounce) jar salsa
- 1 (1.25 ounce) package dry taco seasoning mix
- 1 lime, juiced
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 3 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
Rinse and chop the cilantro. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just get it in pieces. Put the salsa, lime juice, taco seasoning and cilantro into the slow cooker and stir. Put in the chicken and sitr it all to get the juice covered. Cook 4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low. Shred the chicken when it’s done and serve.
This taco soup has a long ingredient list, but most of it is canned so you only need to throw it into the slow cooker. This soup is so good. The kids will love it, and it’s grown up enough to serve to friends.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 (16 ounce) can chili beans, with liquid
- 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans with liquid
- 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, with liquid
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 2 cups water
- 2 (14.5 ounce) cans peeled and diced tomatoes
- 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chile peppers
- 1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
Cook the beef in a skillet until it’s brown. Drain it and put it in the slow cooker. Add the onion, chili beans, kidney beans, corn, tomato sauce, water, diced tomatoes, green chile peppers and taco seasoning mix. Stir. Cook on low for 8 hours.
If you don’t already have the ingredients at home, this recipe might rack you up a few dollars at the store. But, after that, you can make these wings over and over. Simply add everything to the slow cooker and you have wings for the kids’ lunch and tomorrow’s game all in one!
- 5 1/2 pounds chicken wings, split and tips discarded
- 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle chile sauce
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 3 drops hot pepper sauce
- 1 tablespoon salsa
- 2 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
Put the chicken in the slow cooker. In a separate bowl mix together the chile sauce, lemon juice, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, salsa, chili powder, garlic powder and salt. Pour the mixture over the chicken and cook on low for 5 hours.