Time-Saving Recipes for Teachers

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! We know that all teachers, especially this time of year, don’t have a lot of extra time… so we’ve compiled some of our favorite time-saving recipes to help you survive the end-of-the-year craziness!
This is Deniece from This Little Piggy Reads, sharing Crock-Pot Taco Soup. Perfect to set up before school when you want to come home to a ready dinner!
taco soup

Hello Literacy Land Readers!  This is Wendy from Read With Me ABC.  I'm here to share one of my go-to meals for busy days. 

Easy Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings

Preparation: 15 mins
Cooking time: 6 hrs
Ready in: 6 hrs 15 mins
Serves: 6-8

4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons butter
2 (10.75 ounce) cans of condensed cream of chicken soup
1 onion, finely diced
1 cup water
2 (10 ounce) packages refrigerated biscuit dough, cut into eighths
Salt and Pepper to taste

Place the chicken, butter, soup, onion, and water in a slow cooker.  Cover and cook for 6 hours on low. About 30 minutes before serving, turn the crock pot up to high, shred the chicken, and place the biscuit pieces on top of the chicken mixture.  Return the lid and finish cooking.  Serve and enjoy!

Now, a recipe from Cathy... Next time you make chicken for dinner cook 2 or 3 extras breast and you can make an Easy Chicken Salad.

4 ingredients, 20 minutes.

2-3 chicken breasts
2 cups of grapes cut in half OR 1/2 can of diced pineapple (drained and patted dry)
1/2 cup of chopped pecans
1/2 cup of mayo (more or less to your liking)

Mix.  I make it at night and it's perfect for lunch the next day.  If you want to add another ingredient, put it on lettuce for a lettuce wrap.

That's it.


This is Jenny from Luckeyfrog Learning. “Plantation Casserole” is one of my favorite recipes because it needs to sit at least overnight- which means you can make it ahead of time and then just pop it in the oven when you want to eat!
1 lb. sausage
1 sm. onion (if desired)
2 1/2 c. Rice Krispies
1 c. cooked rice (Minute Rice is fine!)
2 c. shredded sharp cheese
3 eggs
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/4 c. milk
1. Sauté sausage and onion. 
2. Cover the bottom of a 9 x 13 casserole dish with 2 cups of Rice Krispies.
3. Layer sausage and onion, cooked rice, and grated cheese over the Rice Krispies.
4. Mix eggs, cream of mushroom soup, and milk; pour over the layers. 
5. Use a fork to punch holes in the layers. 
6. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of Rice Krispies on top. 
7. Refrigerate overnight. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
My brothers and I still fight over this casserole at Mom’s- and I hope your family enjoys it just as much!

Just in case you’d like one easy download of these recipes, I’ve compiled them all here for easy shopping! (Plus, you can cut them apart and slide them into a recipe box.)
easy teacher recipes
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  1. Thanks for sharing these great recipes! I love the crockpot taco soup!

  2. Wendy, I make those Chicken & Dumplings every winter! I add chicken broth or water and they turn out just like my Mom made when I was little.


    1. Deniece, sometimes I substitute broth for the water, too. :) This recipe reminds me of my childhood too. I printed out the Taco Soup recipe...thanks! Wednesdays are always crock-pot meals in our house. :)

  3. I really want to try that taco soup.