There’s nothing worse than a toddler skipping their nap and then being overtired whilst you’re trying to cook dinner. If you’ve already got a toddler then you can probably relate to the screaming and crying and constant attention seeking of an overtired child. That’s why I now try and prepare as much as possible beforehand.
A slow cooker is a godsend for this. With a slow cooker you can put your ingredients in in the morning, put it on and then leave it alone for the rest of the day. Whilst mainly known for stews and casseroles you can make just about anything in a slow cooker from soups, curries and pastas to sticky toffee pudding and other desserts. The food often tastes nicer too as it has had more time to blend all the flavours together.
Not only is it a great way to have better tasting food and to avoid pre-dinner tantrums it also works out cheaper. Having a slow cooker on for 8 hours costs about 11p whilst having an oven on for 1 hour costs about 30p.
I can really recommend using one and we tend to use ours at least 2 or 3 times a week and also do batch cooking in it. This means that on a lot of the days we don’t actually use it we are actually eating slow cooked meals from the fridge or freezer.