Lead photo credit: Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup via Foxes Love Lemons
~by Regan Jones, RD
How did that alarm clock treat you this morning?
That's my special way of saying "Welcome to Daylight Saving Time!!" (which btw: editorial bonus for you today. DYK that there's no "s" in Saving? Yep. Look it up).
Anyway, Daylight Saving Time is upon us. It's time to spring forward and complain all week about losing an hour of sleep... until we quickly get over it as we remember that longer nights are in store. As the days get longer, we gradually start to cram more and more activities into the increasing daylight hours. Simply put, we get busier. Without a little planning, this could easily cause our healthy eating habits to fall by the wayside. The drive-thrus are beckoning as we drive from activity to activity and as tempting as they are, we have a better solution!
The slow cooker (or Crock-Pot for you brandname folks).
One of the most versatile cooking appliances, we firmly believe this should be a mainstay in everyone's kitchen. It literally takes all of the guesswork out of making dinner. Simply place all the ingredients in the slow cooker, set the timer and go on about your busy day. When you get home, you'll be greeted by delicious smells and a dinner that's perfectly cooked and waiting to be devoured! No longer do you have to worry about finding time to make dinner in between taking one kid to soccer and picking another up from ballet!
To make things even easier, we've rounded up a week's worth of delicious crockpot meals for you to try. Check it out:
For the Meat Lovers
Crockpot Italian Meatloaf via iFoodReal
Crockpot Cilantro Lime Chicken via The Lean Green Bean
Gluten-Free Crockpot Clam Chowder via Serena Bakes
Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup via Foxes Love Lemons
Garlic Herb Crockpot Chicken via Joyful Healthy Eats
Crockpot Roast via Miso Ginger
Are you a vegetarian or simply looking to eat less meat? Have no fear! There are still plenty of crockpot options to get you through the week:
No Chop Wheat Berry Chili via Our Lady of Second Helpings
Crockpot Quinoa Fajitas via Chelsea's Messy Apron
Crockpot Sweet Potato Lentils via Pinch of Yum
Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese via Hidden Fruits & Veggies
Slow Cooker Vegetarian Bean Soup via Cook The Story
And don't get tricked into thinking that crockpots are only good for main dishes. You can use them to make breakfast, side dishes and even desserts and snacks!
Slow Cooker Apple Oatmeal via Brittany's Pantry
Crockpot Applesauce via Neighborhood Foodie
Homemade Greek Yogurt via A Side of Sweet
Mashed Potatoes in a Crcokpot via Jennifer's Kitchen
Crockpot Vegetable Broth via Living Well Kitchen
Slow Roasted Pear Crumble via My Whole Food Life
Slow Cooker Maple Glazed Walnuts via Vegan In The Freezer
Daylight Saving Time means longer days and busier nights. Let your slow cooker handle dinner with these recipes! Tweet this