With the threat of coronavirus putting everyone’s life on hold for the foreseeable future, many of us are spending more time at home. But even though more time is being spent in the house, that doesn’t mean we have time to cook every night, and restaurant and drive-through options are becoming less and less by the day. 

Due to that, it’s time to get that trusty friend known as the slow cooker out and working for you.

Martine Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing has four tried-and-true recipes for quality, home-cooked meals without having to slave over the stove all day.

  • Chicken Noodle Soup

Try making this in the slow cooker instead of on a pot over the stove. You can even freeze it, so if you or a family member starts to get under the weather, it only needs to be thawed and microwaved to be enjoyed.

  • Pork Shoulder

Pork shoulder is high in protein and can be served in a variety of ways: on its own with barbeque sauce, in a low-carb tortilla as a taco option, or in a bowl with salsa, brown rice, black beans, and avocado.

  • Beef and Beer

This dish, called carbonnade, has roots in Belgium. It involves beef and onions, braised in beer. Check here for the full recipe that’s under 350 calories per serving.

  • Beef Ragu

Skip spaghetti-and-meatballs night and opt for this Italian dish instead. Take beef stock (or substitute with a cup of red wine), ground beef, crushed tomatoes and other ingredients and when it’s dinner time, add to noodles and you’re all set. This is another solid option to freeze a batch and save it for when you need a quick meal. 

To learn more about Martine Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing and all of the services they offer, visit https://martine-center.facilities.centershealthcare.org/