Meal Planning Monday ~ Changing Gears

This week’s post is by Leah Kelley.

When my husband started a new job two months ago, he went from working first shift to second shift. I was a little worried about the transition and how it would affect our eating arrangements. Ever since we’ve been together, my husband has worked first shift. I’ve always had dinner on the table when he gets home, so not having him home for dinner was a little sad. The kids didn’t seem too sad; as long as I feed them they seem to be happy. Since I would be the only one making dinner and cleaning up, I have made most of my meals in the crockpot. I wanted to share a few of my favorite crock pot recipes.

Chicken and Dumplings ~ I LOVE Cracker Barrel chicken and dumplings but don’t always have the budget to eat out. Making chicken and dumplings at home is not only inexpensive but delicious!

Black Bean Soup ~ My middle child (aka Picky Kid) isn’t too fond of this soup but my other two love it. With so many different ways to make this I suggest trying a few different recipes to see which one fits your taste the best.

Parmesan Honey Pork Roast ~ I was a little worried about this recipe but it turned out great!

Broccoli Cheese Soup ~ The recipe I use is totally unhealthy but absolutely delicious! Anything that uses Velveeta cheese is delicious in my book!

Beer Chicken ~ Whole Chicken, can of beer, garlic, salt pepper, and paprika is all you need to make a tasty dinner. I use the leftover chicken to make chicken enchiladas for dinner the next day.

Broccoli Cheese Soup

1/2 cup onion, chopped

2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons margarine

1 (10 ounce) can cream of chicken soup

1 1/2 cups milk

1 lb. Velveeta cheese, cubed

1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped broccoli


1. Sauté onion and green pepper in butter.

2. Combine all ingredients on low in crockpot for 3-4 hours. Do not add salt.