Best 1-Pot Meal For Busy Educators

It’s incredibly grounding to have a homemade meal to cozy up with after a long day with your students, but cooking up a fresh meal every night can be challenging.

We asked Megan at Happy Belly Nashville what her favorite meals were for busy days! This simple recipe requires only one dish - your slow cooker - and can sit on the counter all day slowly simmering, so you can return home from teaching to a perfectly cooked, homemade dinner.


Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore


4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

½ cup water

1 tablespoon flour (rice flour for gluten-free)

1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes

½ cup sliced mushrooms

½ cup pitted kalamata olives

¼ cup capers

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

2 ½ cups chicken broth

8 ounces spaghetti

2 cups packed baby spinach

12 ounces tomato paste

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to serve


Prep the night before:  Add water and flour to the slow cooker.  Whisk to combine. Arrange the chicken in a single layer, then top with the diced tomatoes, mushrooms, olives, capers, garlic, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning, and chicken broth.  Place slow cooker pot, covered, in the refrigerator. 

In the morning: Remove slow cooker pot from the refrigerator, place back into the slow cooker vessel, and turn to low heat.  Allow to cook while you’re at work, for at least 6 hours, up to 8 or 9 hours. You can also cook on high for 3-4 hours.

When you’re ready to serve: Uncover the slow cooker and add the spaghetti, spinach, and tomato paste.  Stir to combine. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes more, until pasta is cooked. Stir again and season to taste.

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Melissa Shah