Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

soup.jpgIf you love homemade chicken noodle soup, here’s a quick recipe for a busy day:

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup from The Employed Homeschool Mom

(Note, this recipe feeds my family of three with leftovers.  You could easily double for a larger family.)

1 carton chicken broth

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts   (Or you can use leftover chicken if you have it.)

3-4 carrots, pealed and chopped

2-3 celery stalks

Seasoned salt to taste

1 teaspoon parsley

1 teaspoon rosemary

Water if needed to cover chicken breasts completely

Noodles (to be added before serving)

Cook in the slow cooker all day on low, or high if you only have a few hours.  Once the chicken is done shred with a fork.  Cook your choice of noodles on the stove.  Drain and add to the slower cooker.  After I add the noodles to the slower cooker, I wait about 15 minutes to serve the soup to allow the flavor to blend.  (My family likes the Amish egg noodles.) We like this soup served with homemade garlic cheddar biscuits.



Easy Meatballs


I thought I would share my meatball recipe.  It’s very versatile.  You can freeze them, bake them or put them in the slow cooker.

What you will need:

1lb ground chuck (ground beef works too), 1 cup oats, 1 egg, 1/2 cup milk (you can used condensed milk too), 2 tablespoons dried onions (you can use fresh or you can add more to taste), 1 teaspoon garlic salt, 1 teaspoon chili powder, salt and pepper to taste.

1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup ketchup, dash garlic salt

Mix together meat, oats, eggs, milk and seasoning.  Form into balls.  Place the meatballs into either a crock pot or baking dish coated with non stick cooking spray.  (Additionally, you can put them in a freezer bag and freeze for later use.)

Mix together ketchup, brown sugar and garlic salt.  Coat the meatballs.  (You can also use regular BBQ sauce.)

Cook in a crock pot on low for 4-6 hours or in the over at 450 for 30-60 minutes.  (It depends on how thick you make the meatballs.)

Sometimes I make these up in the morning and put them in the crock pot in the refrigerator until I am hope in the afternoon if I know I’m going to be busy.  I also sometimes make these right before we leave for church on a Sunday morning and lunch is ready when we make it back home.

I have this in the crock pot to be served with baked potatoes (in a second crockpot) and plan to fix okra as well.


Slow Cooker Chicken

Time management is key to my being employed outside the home and homeschool.  As I mentioned before, one way I manage time is by using my slow cooker for dinner often.  Here’s one of my family’s favorite meals:

Slower Cooker Chicken

Purchase a whole chicken.  Place in slow cooker.  Add any seasonings you like.  (We often use seasoned salt, pepper, turmeric and a little parsley.)  Cook on low 10-12 hours.  It will be so tender it will fall off the bone.  You can also add a little water or chicken broth to the slower cooker if you like.

I usually finish the meal by preparing a quick veggie as a side.

So you work and homeschool- what do you eat?

This is another question I’m often asked.  You work outside the home, you homeschool, you often have evening commitments- what do you cook?  (Confession time, cooking is not my favorite activity.)

Sometimes, it’s carry out.  Truth be told, it’s often from the slow cooker at dinner.  I usually am up by 5 am each day, so that’s a great time to start the slow cooker with a soup or whole chicken.  Sometimes, I prepare something that I can start in the slow cooker when I get home in the afternoon so it does not over cook- things like meatballs and baked potatoes.  (I own four slow cookers, it not uncommon for me to have two on at the same time.

Today it’s Taco Soup.  I’ll fix up a quick salad to serve with it and that’s dinner.