10 Low-Effort Slow Cooker Meals for the Busy Parent

"What's for dinner?"

It's a simple enough question, but after a long, hectic day, planning and preparing a meal can seem downright exhausting. Before you reach for the phone and dial the nearest pizza place, check out our roundup of delicious and easy meals that any parent can create in a pinch. 

But first, a few tools in your arsenal will help make meal planning a breeze:Slow cooker

  • A slow cooker/crockpot:  Pour your ingredients in the morning, and at the end of the day you have a hot, delicious meal. 
  • A rice cooker: Cooking rice isn't very difficult, but with a rice cooker, you simply fill it, press start and walk away. It will keep rice warm until the rest of your meal is ready. 
  • Freezer bags or tupperware: Essential tools for storing pre-made meals. 
  • An inventory of your pantry: Keeping a pantry inventory is a great way to reduce waste, avoid trips to the store, and plan meals with what you have on hand. If you have a smartphone, an inventory of your pantry is easy to with the My Pantry app, which allows you to scan the barcode on all of your food purchases and tracks what food you have and expiration dates. There are also free printable inventory pages you can use. 
  • You can convert almost any recipe into a slow cooker meal with a few simple adjustments. 

Featured in our roundup:

Soda-licious Shredded Pork

Ooh La La Lentil Soup

Simple Salsa Chicken

Creamy Potato Chowder Bliss

Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Scrumptious Cinnamon Raisin Apple Oatmeal

Tasty Tortellini Soup

Nacho' Average Queso

Natalie's Mellow-Yellow Split-Pea Soup

Decadent Hot-Lava Cake

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