Being a parent can be challenging. Dropping your kids off at school, working an 8-hour shift at work, picking your little ones up from the local club, grocery shopping; it’s not so easy to keep your healthy lifestyle under control when there is so much to do. If you’re running out of time but craving a quality, family meal, then a slow cooker could be the answer for you. It’s cheap to buy, economical to run and great for making pocket-friendly healthy dinners. The question is, what one should you go for? Budget storage experts Safestore have road tested a plethora of different slow cookers so you don’t have to:
- The Meal-Prep Hero (perfect for a family of 3) – Cookworks 6.5L Slow Cooker
It’s time to say “stop” to boring salads and triangle sandwiches and “hello” to delicious, healthy lunches you can enjoy throughout the week. Thanks to Cookworks Slow Cooker you can easily prepare your meals ahead without worrying about your tight schedule, as it will do the job for you. Its 6.5L capacity will provide you with enough lunch to keep you going for a week.
Where to buy: Argos – Prices starting at £19.99
- The Space Saver – Cookworks Compact Slow Cooker
Available for as little as £11.99, this compact slow cooker will meet any busy parent needs. Its 1.5 litre capacity is perfect for a single serving or meal for two and will happily slot into compact spaces. All you need is to drop in some fresh ingredients before you head off to work in order to enjoy a hot, delicious meal at the end of the day. Isn’t it a perfect way to celebrate those long and chilly autumn evenings in an empty house because your kids are finally spending the weekend with their grandparents?
Where to buy: Argos – Prices starting at £11.99
- The ‘Write-on-me’ – Russell Hobbs Chalkboard Slow Cooker
This black and classy slow cooker is an easy and convenient answer to hassle-free healthy cooking with maximum taste. This 3.5 litre beauty has capacity to provide you and your family with a flavoursome dinner – whether it be a succulent, juicy stew
or a traditional chicken curry. Its modern matte black finish and chalkboard-style coating will also help you to avoid the questions on what’s for dinner. Simply write it down and celebrate the minute of silence.
Where to buy: John Lewis – Prices starting at £25
- The Multitasker – Bella Triple Slow Cooker
Struggling with the dinner ideas? Desperately trying to satisfy everyone’s taste buds? With three separately controlled cooking pots, you can make three separate meals at once. Fantastic if you want to cook a Sunday roast or are simply trying to find a hassle-free solution for plan-ahead meals. Buffet style serving will also keep your food warm for up to 4 hours.
Where to buy: Amazon – Prices starting at £44.99
- The “Suitable for Everyone” – Vonshef 30cm Round Multi Cooker
If you aren’t a huge fan of slow cookers but are still looking for a meal-prep solution that will save time during a busy week, then this low-cost multi cooker from Vonshef ticks all the boxes. Designed to fry, sauté, braise, brown and simmer, this little pot can save you from stress and deliver a quality meal to the table without hassle and mess. Your kids will love it too!
Where to buy: Tesco – Prices starting at £16.99