If you are the type that packed away the Slow-cooker for summer it is definitely time to pull it back out again. Between getting into the school routine and back to after school activities the Slow-cooker is priceless for the time it saves. So this week is all about Slow-cooker Meal Planning for Fall or Autumn if you are in my part of the world.
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Meal Planning is all about saving time and money and with my Plain Printables you can make a Meal Plan perfect for your family, or you can use my suggestions below.
My Slow-cooker Meal Planning for Fall
How to stick to your meal plan and keep costs down
- Never Shopping when Hungry – this one Vital
- Write a List and Stick to it.
- Avoid packaged meals – cooking from scratch doesn’t always take time.
- Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit
- Try to add a Meat-free meal to you diet
- Shop in budget stores Aldi and Lidl which keep their prices low.
Get your Free Budget Meal Planning Printables below
Here is your downloadable Free Meal Planning Printables so you can make your own budget using local stores to you and I have included a Freezer Inventory to help you shop from your freeze.
5 Handy Slow-cooker Tips
- Brown the meat first – stewing beef, lamb, and mince all do better if browned first
- Don’t remove the lid unless you have to every time you sneak a peek the cooking time will increase. That’s not ideal for a 4-8 hour cook!
- Always try to err on the side of “less is more” when it comes to adding food into the slow cooker, aiming to fill it around two-thirds full.
- Using slow-cooker Liners help greatly in clean up
- Add dairy and herbs at the end as they cook quickest
Slow-cooker Meal Planning for Fall recipes
Beef mince is on special everywhere this week it seems. The great thing about this Slow cooker chili is pop it on earlier in the day and it will be full of flavor. I use a timer plug so it will come on while I am in work so when we all get home the Chili is ready.
TIP: You can make this meat free with meat-free Mince
The great thing about slow-cooking is you can use cheaper cuts of meat like stewing beef. This tasty Amazing Slow Cooker Catalan Beef Casserole is lovely and can be served over rice instead of pasta.
Tip: Cheap cuts of meat work great in the slow-cooker as the long cooking time breaks them down
Wednesday is always Pizza night you can even get Gluten-free Pizza for only €2.49 We make ours Gluten Free as my daughter is gluten intolerant but loves LOADS of cheese. Serve it with a Large salad and top with tasty vegetables.
Tip – You can cheat once during the week and you can always make it healthier with low-fat mozzerella topping and lots of healthy veg on top.
This Amazing Lemon Pepper chicken recipe from The Magical Slow-cooker is divine and so good . You do have to finish it in the oven for ten minutes but it is totally worth it !!
TIP: Browing meat before or after cooking can help add to the taste in a slow-cooker.
Seafood can be cooked in a slow-cooker but it is quicker than other meats – this tasty Amazing Spanish Tapas Prawns – Slow-cooker recipe is so good on Friday night.
Beef Marsala Curry in the Slowcooker is a perfect instead of Takeaway from the Indian. Saving you money and the smell is killer. Add some Naan Bread and mango chutney for a special meal.
TIP: Slow-cooker dishes on the weekend free up more time for fun
For Sunday Dinner I usually cook a roast dinner with Free- range chicken and lots of veggies from the garden.
And for dessert, I am making this amazing Gluten-Free Apple Crisp in the Slowcooker and I will share the recipe with you on Friday 🙂
You don’t have to use a slow-cooker every day pick a choose your recipes and slow-cooking days. Remember Meal planning saves you time and money.
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