This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Simply Potatoes for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
I'm not sure why dinner is such a struggle, but it is. Probably the relentlessness of it. I love cooking (love love love!), but oh my goodness, every single night? That will drive anyone a little crazy. And I'm going to admit to you that we eat out kind of a lot. Usually once or twice a week, and sometimes for lunch too. Nothing fancy, just small local places usually, but it's a good way for us to decompress and come together as a family. After homeschooling all day, writing recipes and working in the kitchen, spending one more minute in the house tending after my five little fireballs just seems like too much. I need to go somewhere that I'm not responsible for making everyone happy.
Unfortunately (or maybe it's a good thing!) we can't afford to go too crazy with the dining out - even at an inexpensive restaurant, feeding seven people gets pricey fast. To combat this, I like to rely on double cooking (making a double batch of something so I don't have to cook another night), and my slow cooker (also my husband, major props to him for making dinner many nights!). At least with these methods I don't feel like I'm playing chef and servant while the rest of the family is enjoying dinner. I'm able to sit down right along with them and have a nice meal. It's a good compromise and definitely helps me keep my sanity.
This Sausage Potato Soup for the Slow Cooker is a really simple and yummy recipe perfect for the crisp fall evenings coming our way. If you throw in some greens at the end, it's a full meal. Just grab a glass of wine (maybe milk for the kids), and you're set! And bonus, if you make a double batch this can totally go in the freezer for another day. If only every dinner was this easy, I'd be a happy mom!
Sausage Potato Soup for the Slow Cooker, Ingredients:
- 1 pound browned/crumbled sausage (I like to make a large batch ahead of time and freeze in 1lb portions)
- 4 cups shredded potato
- 4 cups chicken stock (here's how to make it yourself)
- 2 cups sweet corn kernels
- 2 cups heavy cream (whole milk or half & half will work too)
- optional: greens (My preference is mustard greens or kale, but a bag salad works just fine in a pinch!)
Sausage Potato Soup for the Slow Cooker, Directions:
- Add sausage, potato, corn, and stock to a slow cooker and stir. Cook high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
- Stir in cream and cook an additional 15 minutes until everything is heated through again (don't let it boil).
- Pour into bowls over greens and enjoy!
For the shredded potatoes, I made it easy on myself and used a bag of hash browns! Simply Potatoes is a line of refrigerated, prepared potatoes proudly made by the Crystal Farms Company. Simply Potatoes products are fresh, never frozen, located in the refrigerated dairy section, easy to prepare and have on hand – no peeling/shredding required, and they're made with real ingredients. You can find Simply Potatoes on Pinterest by clicking HERE and more Simply Potatoes Recipes by clicking HERE!
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