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Slow Cooker Beef and Mushrooms

Slow cooker recipes are a great way to make a low stress dinner at home. It shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to put the ingredients for this flavorful dish into the slow cooker in the morning, and when you get home all you need to do is cook the egg noodles and heat up a side or throw a salad together for a full meal.

Vegetable Stromboli

I love recipes like this because they are so easily adapted to what you have on hand. There are so many combinations that would be good—mix it up by using leftover meat or spinach instead of the vegetables listed, or try swapping out different cheeses. Anytime you can reduce waste by using leftovers instead of throwing them away, you save money.

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Take advantage of your slow cooker to have this chicken chili waiting for you on a busy day when you don’t get home until late.

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Soup with a sandwich is often relegated to lunch fare, but it makes an easy and delicious supper when you are short on time. I’m a big fan of sandwich makers to make a quick meal, and I used mine to make grilled cheese sandwiches to serve with this creamy soup.

Sticky Chicken

Tender and delicious, Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken is easy to prepare and makes a delicious dinner while providing leftovers for use in a later meal. Prepare the chicken for marinating at night, then pop it in the slow cooker in the morning for a low stress dinner.

Cheddary Spirals with Broccoli

This stovetop dish can be easily adapted to use what you have on hand; the basic recipe can be used in any number of unique combinations. Substitute any pasta for fusilli, any vegetable or vegetable mix for broccoli, add chicken, or experiment with various cheeses. Omit the lemon juice if your combination of vegetables and cheese doesn’t work well with the citrus flavor, and adjust the cooking time of the pasta and vegetables as needed.

Homemade Pimento Cheese

Visiting my grandmother in the south when I was growing up, one of the highlights was her homemade pimento cheese. Born and raised in south Georgia, she was a frugal and organized homemaker. She made pretty much everything from scratch, but pimento cheese in particular is famous for its Georgia roots, and one does not just purchase pimento cheese from the grocery store in the pimento pepper capital of the world. By the time I was visiting her, she lived in Alabama, but I could still count on pimento cheese from scratch.

Asian Chicken Salad

Asian Chicken Salad is a perfect recipe for planned leftovers which reduce prep time and cut waste. The homemade dressing is full of rich flavors, but a prepared Asian dressing could be used to save even more time.

Vegetable Tortellini Alfredo

You can use a jar of prepared Alfredo sauce to save time making this fast stovetop recipe, but it’s hardly any work to prepare a quick homemade Alfredo sauce with just butter, cream, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. If fresh vegetables are in season, this is a good way to use them – just steam and add to the pasta instead of frozen vegetables.

Sesame Chicken

This recipe makes enough chicken to plan leftovers for a later meal. Any Asian-inspired recipe that calls for cooked chicken would be a good follow up meal using the leftovers.

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