The Best Crock-Pot Recipes for Busy Teachers (5 Minutes of Prep or Less)

Eat well when school is throwing everything at you!

I had a playdate with a teacher friend of mine recently. We talked about what she looks for in a dinner recipe and here’s what she had to say: “I don’t want it to take more than five minutes. And forget chopping. I love Crock-Pot recipes if, again, I can throw it all together in under five minutes before I go to work.”

I see you nodding your head in agreement there, so I’ve come up with a school week’s worth of slow-cooker (Crock-Pot) recipes that with only about five minutes of night and/or morning prep and five minutes of assembly, you can have dinner on the table every night of the week. Minimal chopping. Minimal time. Optimal taste.

Meatless Monday: Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

Night before: Soak beans (some reviewers just rinsed them in the morning and had good results).
Morning of: Put all ingredients in slow cooker, cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
Dinnertime: Serve topped with sliced avocado.

Side Suggestions:

  • Warm French bread for dipping.
  • Roasted butternut squash. (Peel and cut into small squares, toss in olive oil and salt, bake at 400 until brown on the outside and soft in the center.)
  • Jicama peeled and chopped into small sticks and sprinkled with lime and just a touch of cayenne.

More Crock-Pot soup recipes we love: Corn Chowder, Creamy White Chicken Chili


Taco Tuesday: Crock-Pot Chicken Tacos

Best Crockpot Recipes for Busy Teachers

SOURCE: Paleoaholic

Night before: Put the seasonings in the slow cooker. (You can thaw frozen chicken in the refrigerator, but it is optional.)
Morning of: Stir in broth, add chicken.
Dinnertime: Shred chicken, warm tortillas, assemble tacos and top with cheese (and any other desired toppings).

Side Suggestions:

  • Takeout beans and rice (or leftover black-bean soup).
  • Chips and salsa.
  • Chopped romaine lettuce with shredded cheese, tomatoes, crushed tortilla chips and Catalina dressing.
  • Diced cantaloupe with lime juice, honey and Tajin seasoning.

More Crock-Pot taco recipes we love: Korean Beef Tacos, Mexican Quinoa Tacos


“Wake Up the Flavors” Wednesday: Applesauce Barbecued Chicken

Night before: Mix applesauce and barbecue sauce and seasoning. Optional: thaw chicken if frozen.
Morning of: Put all ingredients in slow cooker.
Dinnertime: Serve!

Side Suggestions:

  • Fluffy white or brown rice (takeout from Chinese or make the night before).
  • Asparagus, quickly sautéed on the stove in olive oil with salt and pepper.
  • Fresh peach slices.

More Crock-Pot chicken recipes we love: Sesame Chicken, Rotisserie-Style Chicken


Three-Ingredient Thursday: Easiest Pork Chops

Best Crock Pot Recipes for Teachers

SOURCE: The Spruce

Morning of: Brown pork chops (optional), put in slow cooker with onion soup mix and chicken broth.
Dinnertime: Serve on bread or with a suggested side.

Side Suggestions:

More Crock-Pot pork recipes we love: Apple Bourbon Pork Chops, Balsamic Pork Roast


French Dip Friday: French Dip Sandwiches

Best Crock Pot Recipes for Teachers

SOURCE: All Recipes

Night before: Trim fat from rump roast.
Morning of: Put the four ingredients in slow cooker.
Dinnertime: Bake rolls, slice or shred meat, and serve.

Side suggestions:

  • Potato salad
  • Coleslaw
  • French fries or baked potato rounds

More Crock-Pot beef recipes we love: Barbecued Beef Sandwiches, Mongolian Beef


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