As a homemaker, one of our duties is to make sure that we feed our family healthy foods. However we also know that we are not just a homemaker, we are also a housekeeper, bookkeeper, mom, wife, teacher and so on. Needless to say, time is not always on our side. But to eat healthy, means planning ahead of time. And planning means time dedication or time blocking to actually sit down and do it.
I don’t know about you, but I love eating! And eating healthy is something I try to implement in our home as much as I can. But we all know that it is easy to fall off the healthy eating wagon if we don’t have a plan in place.
So, what do I do during the busy homeschooling season coupled with activity commitments outside our home?
Well, first I want to make sure that I stay on top of my meal planning. I use a meal planning app called Plan To Eat that helps me with this task. If you have heard of it or already using it then you already know how amazing this app is. Seriously, I have been using it for maybe 3 years now! I love this app! 🙂
What it does is that it lets you save or import recipes you find online. No more forgetting where you saved that new recipe you found and have been wanting to try to make. Just save it on your Plan To Eat meal planner. And when you are ready to sit down to write a menu for the week, all you have to do is sign in to the planner. Drag and drop the recipes you want to make for the week and the planner will automatically generate your shopping list. Edit your shopping list and add whatever else you need and then you’re done! From here, you can either print your shopping list or use your phone at the grocery store, you decide.
You know there are times when my whole family goes shopping together. When we do my husband and I will “divide and conquer” with the app running on our phones. You can imagine how much easier and faster the shopping gets done. Even my husband is pleased with it! (That’s always a bonus, right?) However, you probably realized by now that because it’s such an awesome app it has to cost something. And you’re right! It is a paid subscription. You can choose monthly payments of $4.95 or pay 1 payment of $39 for the whole year. That is really nothing if you think how much easier your meal planning will be. But they do offer a free 30 days trial if you are on the fence about subscribing. I’m telling you though once that 30 days is up you will find yourself signing up for it! It’s that awesome!
Another tip that you might find helpful in meal planning is having a list of your family’s favorite dishes written down. You can save tons of time if you already shortlisted your meal choices instead of surfing the net for new recipes you want to make every time. Check this Meal Planning Master List from Homeschool Creations. I just recently printed a copy for myself. 😉 It’s something that might help you too!
And last but not the least, to help me shave some time off from the kitchen, I use my trusty, handy, dandy crockpot! And that brings me down to the real topic of this post! Lol! Below I share with you my family’s favorite crockpot recipes.
I wasn’t always a fan of crockpot dinners because I thought the food you cook in it ends up tasting bland. But that was before I found out how many great recipes you now can find just searching online! It is incredible! I don’t have a ton of crock pot recipes yet that my family loves but I am working on building on it because seriously, it’s a huge time saver!
Anyway, I thought I would do a round-up of crockpot recipes that have been on our menu rotation. It’s something that my family enjoys eating. So check it out and give it a try! You never know, it may become your family’s favorite too! ?
This is an easy dish to throw in your crockpot on a busy morning. The recipe calls for a whole chicken but I have used chicken breasts and chicken thighs as well. We eat this with a side of steamed broccoli and brown rice. And my boys especially the younger one loves this simple dish.
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If you want to try this one but didn’t want to deal with the splashing oil from the frying pan early in the morning. You have two options: 1) Prepare it at night so you can just pull it out of the fridge in the morning, throw in your crockpot and let it cook all day. Or 2) You can turn on your broiler. Broil each side for 3-5 minutes depending on how hot your broiler gets and you will still get the brown searing effect like the one from frying it on the pan minus the oil splash everywhere. Then throw it in your crockpot and let it do the rest of the work. This dish is good with a side of mashed sweet potato.
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Another favourite of my younger son. This is almost like a beef stew to me. It is simple and delicious! Now, our family eats brown or white rice depending on the dish I cook. And for this dish, we liked it best with white rice.
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We are not vegetarians obviously but we did try this dish in the past. The verdict? We liked the sauce but we’re not crazy about the tofu! Lol! Still, don’t let that stop you from trying this dish. I have made this dish many times substituting chicken for the tofu and it’s always delicious! I also want to add that because my 1st child has a peanut allergy, I have to substitute the peanut butter for tahini (sesame seeds paste) and it still tasted awesome! You could probably use almond butter too if you like and I’m pretty sure it will still taste amazing. Anyways, enough said! We usually pair this up with a regular white rice or basmati rice with naan bread for an East Indian cuisine!
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Yum!!! Lol! This dish places second among our favourite crockpot recipes! I make it a lot and if I’m not making it, my husband does! Can you tell we just love this dish? However we do a slight modification. The first time we ever made this dish, (actually my husband was the first one to make this) he couldn’t figure out how to cook the cabbage leaves just right to easily fill it with the meat stuffing. So what he ended up doing was chopped up the cabbage leaves and threw it in the crock pot along with the rest of the ingredients. Guess what? It turned out amazing! So we’ve been making it that way all the time and we even renamed it to “lazy cabbage rolls” Lol! Seriously, this is a “must” try!
Photo Source: by BJ from www.allrecipes.com
This is a very easy and simple dish but oh so good to eat! Try it on one of your busy mornings! You can even use frozen meat, you might just need to adjust the cooking settings and time. We eat it with a side of sautéed shredded sweet potato.
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I love brisket! Especially when it is cooked right! Just like this dish, very easy and very simple! You know what I noticed with a lot of simple recipes? They are usually the ones that ends up tasting good! Don’t you agree? Anyway, for this recipe I would suggest to prepare it at night if you know you are going to be tight for time in the morning. Because I think it is worth it to sear this baby in the pan and then cook your onions on the same pan afterwards. Ok, I have a little confession to make, my husband usually does the searing! He’s good with that! He’s even tried using his torch to sear it a couple of times. And it always turns out good! So I would plan this dish when he is going to be home. 😉
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Now this one is my family’s No. 1 favorite crockpot recipe! No kidding! I could include this in my weekly menu and everyone will still devour it every time! Lol! You can easily modify this dish to suit your family’s taste or preference. I have made this recipe using pork as well and even tried cooking it on stove top for those last-minute dinners. And both still turned out great! You can make it spicy or mild. I make ours mild for my kids. I also omitted the tortillas simply because my family doesn’t like it with this particular dish. We serve this with a sprinkle of shredded cheese on top and a dollop of sour cream and guacamole if you like with a side of tortilla chips. Ok, I know chips doesn’t count as healthy, but like I said you decide how you want to eat it.
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This is another easy, delicious and versatile dish. You can eat it on top of lettuce leaves, on a bun, with a rice or even taco shells! Your pick!
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I used to not be a fan of beans. I just find it tough to make it so it’s flavourful. But then I found this recipe and a few others that I actually enjoy. So now I’m hooked! I usually would plan a bean dish at least once a week. However my family is meat-eater! So I have to serve this dish with a side of some sort of meat. A grilled chicken goes great with it or pork chops. I think just any grilled meat would go good with it! Eat it with rice too if you like and a side of greens. You can never go wrong!
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There you have it! My family’s 10 favorite crockpot recipes! I hope you enjoy this post!
Now it’s your turn! What are your family’s favourite crockpot recipes? Share them below. I would love to hear! And who knows, your family’s favorite crockpot recipes might become one of my family’s favorite crockpot recipes as well! Until next time!
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