I have perused at least a half dozen cookbooks devoted solely to crock pot (or slow cooker) cooking, but unfortunately, I have rather strict criteria for the recipes I'm looking for. So I'm asking fellow forum members for tried-and-true recipes that will work in my situation.
BACKGROUND: The reason I am looking for specific types of recipes is that I recently took on a second job (part time) which begins right after my regular job ends. Main job hours are from 2 a.m. to 10 a.m., part time from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. two or three times a week. That means, including drive time, I'm out of the house for up to 18 hours on those days. DH is gone from home at 6 a.m. and doesn't get home until 7 or 8 weeknights and our son is starting college and has classes that run from 1 p.m. until 6 or 10 (depending on what night it is.)
What I need are recipes I can put together the night before, leave the stoneware crock or insert in the fridge overnight and instruct my son to put it in the heating element and turn it on before he leaves for his afternoon college classes. What I need are recipes that require at least 6-8 hours of cook time in the crockpot or slow cooker and do not require adding any cooked ingredients just prior to starting the crockpot or an hour before the cooking time is up. Maybe cooking up some Minute Rice at the last minute, but we're hungry when we get home and don't want to have to put off dinner for another hour!
This is only for a couple of nights a week--thankfully I'm home most evenings, but I don't want to have to resort to picking up a bucket of chicken on the way home every week or relying on two-day-old leftovers either.
Any ideas will be appreciated!