For busy employees who struggle to maintain the balance between work and home, it's hard to find the time to prepare a full meal every night, much less prepare lunch for the next day. With slow-cookers, you can cut your time in half with recipes that require very little preparation and cut down on the highly expensive habit of eating out. Best of all, you can come home to a home-cooked meal at the end of the day, and take leftovers to the office the next day to be the envy of your coworkers.
BBQ Chicken: Good ol' BBQ can provide some much-needed comfort food in the middle of a long week! Go traditional and serve it as a sandwich, serve it with some creamy mashed potatoes or kick it up a notch by adding some sliced red onions, sliced jalapenos or sour cream once it's finished.
Beef Stew: While this meal is usually regarded as a winter meal, sometimes a hearty, protein-packed stew is just what you need at the end of a long week. It's simple to make, packed with flavor and is guaranteed to add some comfort to your day.
Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes: Who doesn't love delicious, cheesy potatoes? These provide some new texture and flavor if you're tired of regular old mashed potatoes, and make a fantastic meal option for any season of the year.
Tip: No peeking! Don't give in to the urge to lift the lid and check on your meal. Each time you open the lid of your slow cooker, it loses heat and takes up to 30 minutes to return to its original temperature. This can significantly lengthen the cooking time of your ingredients.
Stuffed Bell Peppers: This option is delicious, healthy and easy to prepare in the Crockpot! For vegetarians, this dish is just as good without the meat, and even kids will enjoy this colorful meal. Save yourself some time by getting everything ready the night before and stuffing the peppers in the morning.
Chicken Enchiladas: This recipe is so flavorful that you'd never guess it has less than 250 calories! To make this meal even simpler, bake the chicken breasts ahead of time and refrigerate them until you're ready to assemble the enchiladas.
Tip: Prepare beforehand to save yourself some time. If you need to start your slow cooker before you leave for work in the morning, prep your ingredients the night before and store them in separate containers in the refrigerator.
Sesame Chicken: Instead of spending your hard-earned money ordering take-out, try making a simple and home-cooked version yourself. Not only is this recipe less expensive, it's also healthier and yummy enough to be kid-approved.
Tropical Bananas Foster: Who says slow-cooker recipes must be limited to savory meals? This decadent dessert combines fresh fruit and a warm cinnamon sauce that will go perfectly with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Tip: Learn to readjust ingredient measurements: Many slow-cooker recipes are created for multiple portions to feed families, but it's easy to cut the recipe down to make your own portions. Most manufacturers suggest a maximum fill amount for slow-cookers, but in general it should be no more than three-quarters full. Additionally, make sure you use enough liquid (or vegetables like tomatoes that contain liquid) to equal about half a cup.
At J Williams Staffing, we want to make sure that our candidates and employees have plenty of time to explore their cooking skills at home. However, because some weeks are busier than others, it's always helpful to have some quick options set aside for when work starts to pile up. Try these delicious options to save yourself both cooking time and the expense of dining out!
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