When you are looking for ways to make your life easier, sometimes you need to look towards the tools in your home that you already have that you are under utilized. I love my slow cooker. I use it on a regular basis to cook delicious and hearty meals. With a little planning, it can help make meal time easier after a long day at work.
You can make one dish that you can stretch to make two or three dinners in a week saving you time and energy. For example, you could roast a chicken in the slow cooker and enjoy that on the first night. The next night, you could take the left over chicken, shred it and add some taco seasoning to have chicken tacos. If you have more chicken left over, you could stretch it a third night and add it to salad with egg, bacon, avocado, tomatoes and some cheese for Cobb salads.
The other nice thing to do with your slow cooker is to make a large batch of your favorite dish of chili, stew or soup and have it for dinner one night and freeze the rest to have in the future. That way when you are at a loss for what to have for dinner, you can just pull out a serving of your homemade slow cooker masterpiece and just add a salad or some rolls for a complete meal.
Another great use for the slow cooker is for parties. I often cook pulled pork in my slow cooker when having people over for a party. I serve it with buns and coleslaw and people love it. It cuts down on the amount I have to prepare before the party as I just put it all in the slow cooker and forget it.
A great website for slow cooker recipes is The Taste of Home Slow Cooker Recipes: http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Cooking-Style/Slow-Cooker-Recipes. I like these recipes because they have reviews and include nutritional information for each recipe.
I hope that you will take a moment to plan a meal to cook in your slow cooker. You will be glad you did when you come home from work and smell the delicious dinner that is hot and ready to eat.