If you’re a busy mom who needs a quick meal to make when you’re running errands all day, this slow cooker ham and beans recipe gets a thumbs up from us all.
As moms we have crazy busy lives right??!! We’re always thinking about where we need to go next, who needs to be picked up, what time school gets out, and somewhere in between it all we need to eat dinner. Preferably we’d all love to have family meals where we can all talk about our day, but that means we need an easy dinner that cooks by itself all day. That is where this slow cooker ham and beans recipe comes into play. You just throw it all in before you leave, and when you get home it’s ready to enjoy…..perfect right??!! It’s one of our favorite crockpot recipes. Let me show you how to make it and why we need to slow down a bit as women. Special thanks goes out to Michelin for sponsoring this post so we could share our recipe and experience with all of you.
This. Is. Me.
I have three girls who are all in school….THREE different schools this year might I add, and one who is driving herself (I know, scary right).
I work from home full time but in between the writing, social media, videos, and food photography I have to fit in a meal we can all eat together.
It’s not always easy, that’s why I love using my slow cooker and/or pressure cooker on busy days like these (let’s be honest, all days are busy right).
This year brought about a few new adventures as we moved 1,000 miles away AND my oldest daughter got her driver’s license!
Both bring excitement and a bit of anxiety as our focus went to the cars we were driving, what car we would have available for her to drive, and the safety of all of them especially since we were moving to an area where snow would be a factor which was different from where we came from.
So….top priority #1 = safety of our cars, here’s where we started:
- We created a road trip checklist to remind us of what we needed to double check before we left.
- With our teenage driver I created a teen driving contract so we were all on the same page about safety when she was behind the wheel by herself.
- I learned how to check the health of my tires to make sure they still had adequate tread and could stop quickly when I needed to.
- Did you know your tires are what actually stops your car…..therefore they’re one of the most important elements when it comes to car safety.
- Have you ever slid when you slammed on your brakes…..that would be a good sign that you need new tires.
- Did you know that not all used tires are the same….that some tires a few years old out perform others that are brand new, quality matters when it comes to choosing tires.
- I learned all too well the difference in new vs. tires that were a few years old when I was on the Michelin test track a while back, and boy was it eye opening!
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I will admit, I am a paranoid mom. To prepare my 17 year old with the responsibility of driving a car on her own I wanted her to be over prepared, and I wanted to ensure the car and tires we gave her were in the best shape possible before I gave her the keys. Making sure she could stop in time was on the top of the list because not only would she be in the car, but she may be driving her sisters around too.
I took what I learned about how important tire health is home and have never looked at a set of tires the same way again…..
My message……slow down for a moment, stop, take the time to focus on your family and safety today. Not just today, but on a regular basis and involve your children in the process because you too will have a driver in the house and the safety of your car it’s nothing to joke around about. It’s so important.
Something else we value in this house are family dinners!
When I married my husband we talked about making dinner together a priority. I will admit at the beginning when we had 3 girls with 2 under the age of 2 I was overwhelmed and it didn’t happen often. The older they got the easier it became, but the running around on a daily basis didn’t end.
I needed to find a way to cook a healthy delicious meal while I was gone all day long, that is when I really started to hug my slow cooker!
It. Was. A. Lifesaver!!
It made it possible for me to prepare the ingredients, throw everything in, turn it on, and know that when everyone was done with their homework and my husband was home from work that I didn’t have anything left to do but serve it up.
I needed that, we needed that, and I felt the difference the more often we had family dinner nights together.
Over the years dinners together would slip to the back of my mind and I have to be honest, we all felt the difference. Even my daughters would remind me that “we need to eat dinner together more often” and get me into gear again. It really bonded us and really was an easy thing to do when I keep it in mind.
Now that my oldest is almost out of the house and ready to start college next year I have tried to do it as often as possible.
If family dinners are important to you too but you aren’t sure how to get started, try this easy slow cooker ham and beans recipe out this week on a day when everyone will be home around dinner time. Aim for once a week and build from there. Go around the table and have everyone share their high and low for the day….that always gets the conversation started.
Another way we created a closer family bond was to go on road trips together! To get started with this just find somewhere about an hour away from your home that everyone would enjoy, we always focus on a nature spot. Once again, always start any road trip with checking the maintenance of your car and tires to ensure you can stop when you really need to. Especially if you’re taking a long drive through different terrains and/or weather, the health of your tires needs to be your top priority (see more about Michelin and tire safety on their website here).
What I am saying with all of this is as busy moms we need to put stopping (literally and figuratively) on our “list of to dos”, it’s a necessity and you won’t regret it.
Start with family dinner nights, here’s what you need to make slow cooker ham and beans
- Ham hock – or use leftover ham diced up after the holidays
- Pinto beans – dry, in the bag
- Broth – I used beef broth
And if you’re having a really busy day we also have instructions to make pressure cooker ham and beans here as well, both are winners.
Here’s a video showing you how easy this slow cooker ham and beans recipe is, especially great if you’re looking for a leftover ham recipe.
Slow Cooker Ham and Beans
- 1 ham hock pre cooked
- 2 c pinto beans or beans of your choice, dry
- 3.5 c broth we used beef broth
- 1 small onion sliced or diced
- 3/4 tsp cumin
- 3/4 tsp garlic salt
- 1 tbsp garlic minced
- If using dry beans put them in a bowl with 4 cups of water and leave them overnight to soak. (can use drained canned beans but I think dry turns out better)
- Slice or dice your onion.
- Put your ham hock in the center of your slow cooker. Drain your soaked beans and pour those around your ham hock.
- Separate pieces of cut onion and sprinkle around ham hock on top of beans.
- Sprinkle minced garlic and seasonings around, on top of onions. Then pour your broth into your crockpot and close your lid.
- Set on low for 6 hours for dry soaked beans or 2-3 hours for drained canned beans (depending on how soft you want them).
- After 6 hours (7 if you want beans softer), remove bones from ham hock and shred ham in pot (it will fall apart when you use tongs on it.
- Stir and serve!
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