While back-to-school is an exciting time for families, the schedule adjustments can be challenging. We all want to feed them something hot & hearty but, between homework and earlier bedtimes, time is shorter than ever.
That's where those never-fail, ready-in-a-snap recipes come in handy...don't forget the slow-cooker favorites too! Whether you can make it ahead, simmer it while you're away or whip it up in a flash, we're looking for the dinnertime recipes you turn to at this time of year.
So, tell us...
What are YOUR favorite BACK TO SCHOOL recipes?
Share 'em all in today's Recipe Round-Up!
This recipe simmers all day while the kids are in school and it's easy to serve up between homework and bedtime! It appears in our cookbook, 101 Homestyle Favorites.
Slow-Cooker Sloppy Joes
This recipe comes from Denise Oravecz of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She writes, "Start this in the morning, then relax...dinner will be ready when you are!" Even if you don't have school-aged kids, everyone loves sloppy joes.
1-1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 c. onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 c. catsup
1/2 c. green pepper, chopped
1/2 c. celery, chopped
1/4 c. water
1 T. brown sugar, packed
2 T. mustard
2 T. vinegar
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
1-1/2 t. chili powder
6 to 8 hamburger buns, toasted
Optional: pickle slices
In a skillet over medium heat, brown beef, onion and garlic; drain and set aside. Combine remaining ingredients except buns and pickle slices in a slow cooker; stir in beef mixture. Cover; cook on low setting for 6 to 8 hours. Spoon onto buns; garnish with pickle slices, if desired. Serves 6 to 8.
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