I’m going to start off by saying I am not a cook. (It’s totally ok if you read that in a Richard Nixon voice.) When I cook I need a recipe that is easy and contains just a couple ingredients or something I can make in 30 minutes or less. And recently I’ve been finding more recipes for something I can throw in the Crock Pot before work and let it cook all day.
So here is a roundup of recipes for busy working moms like me.
5 Ingredients or Fewer
I’m a big fan of recipes that call for just a couple ingredients. Five tends to be my max. Anything that contains more than five is usually too difficult for me to deal with especially when there’s a monster yelling at me from the other side of the baby gate.
I also don’t keep a lot of ingredients in my house because they’ll just go bad before I get to use them again. So I am on board with these easy recipes.
Sloppy Joe Bowls – This is one of our FAVORITES! You can also do this with cheeseburger fixings.
Meatball Sub Bubble Bake – Another one we love.
Crockpot Ranch Chicken Tacos – Ok so if you count toppings, there are more than 5 ingredients but I love this one.
Crockpot Orange Chicken – This one is super easy.
Corn Dog Nuggets – This is one of my go-to recipes during the week.
Baked Crispy Ranch Chicken – Do you sense a theme here? I love ranch and chicken.
Mini Deep Dish Pizzas – I also love things you can make in muffin pans.
30 Minutes or Less
Cooking fast is a requirement for me set forth by the tiny overlord. She demands that dinner is in her mouth in less than 30 seconds. Well, physics doesn’t work that way so she has to settle for less than 30 minutes. She can be distracted by The Wiggles long enough for me to make something quickly.
Spicy Cilantro Shrimp with Honey Lime Dipping Sauce – I’m drooling over this one.
Pepperoni Pizza Pull-Apart Bread – This looks so good. Toot loves pizza and bread so it’s perfect for her.
Easy Barbecue Chicken Pizza – I’m pretty sure BBQ Chicken Pizza is my favorite type of pizza (at the moment!)
Tortellini in Parmesan Cream Sauce with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes – I have a love affair with tortellini.
One Skillet Taco Chili Mac – There are three delicious words in this recipe Taco, Chili, and Mac. I love all of them!
One Pan Skinny Loaded Baked Potato Gnocchi – Gnocchi is amazing!
Throw In the Crockpot Before Work
I don’t do this often but I love doing it. I didn’t think I’d ever use the crockpot I got as a wedding gift, but here we are.
Yes, you do have to get up a little earlier to make dinner. It feels weird making dinner at 7:00 am, but it’s so worth it when you walk in the door and the house smells amazing. Dinner is ready right when you get home, and that’s a feeling that I just love. That’s when I like to thank past-me for taking care of present-me.
Crockpot Chicken and Noodles – This one reminds me of something my grandma used to make
Slow Cooker Nacho Chicken – I’m a big fan of Mexican and chicken (as you can tell)
Copycat Wendy’s Chili – I LOVE WENDY’S CHILI. Copycat recipes are my favorites!
What are some of your go-to recipes for busy working moms?
Let me know in the comments below!
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