3 Easy Crock Pot Meals for Busy Teachers

By on January 26, 2014

Its 9:00 pm and feeling exhausted, you are locking up the studio. After a 10 hour day of performance planning, rehearsal scheduling, costume ordering, and teaching, you get in your car and begin to think “Yikes! What can I make for dinner?” Completely spent on energy and creativity, it seems like it will be another night of expensive takeout or preservative-charged frozen meals. I spent many evenings like this after a long day of teaching but I knew something had to change for my wallet and my health’s sake. And that is when I first started experimenting with my crock pot.LanaCrockpot_01-22-14_MAIN

I’ll be honest, I am a foodie who loves to dine and prepare gourmet meals. Braise, sauté, purée, bring it on! So at first, even entertaining the idea of crock pot cooking made me immediately have flashbacks of grandmas, doilies, and some mystery meat floating in cream of vegetable soup.

But dance teachers, crock pots, and their recipes have come a long way and they are perfect for our crazy work schedules. You can prepare everything in the morning before you go to the studio, set the crock pot on low, and come back 8 to 10 hours later to a tasty, healthy, home cooked meal.

I hope you enjoy these recipes and if you like them I definitely encourage you to search cookbooks and the internet for more. Say goodbye to costly takeout and unhealthy frozen meals and hello to healthy home cooked dinners.


Until then, teach, inspire, and grow.


BBQ Ribs

This recipe is so easy and tastes delicious paired with a crisp green salad. Be sure and buy the country style ribs because they stay more moist and tender in the crock pot than other varieties.


~ 2-3 lbs of country style boneless ribs, frozen or thawed

~ 1 jar of your favorite BBQ sauce


Place ribs in the crock pot and pour enough BBQ sauce over ribs to thoroughly coat them. Set crock pot on low and cook for 8-10 hours.

Pot Roast


Check your grocery store’s spice aisle for a tasty pot roast seasoning to add to your roast.

~ 2-3 lbs boneless chuck roast or beef shoulder, trimmed and cut into 2 inch
~ 15-20 baby carrots
~ 5 celery stalks chopped into 2 inch pieces
~ 1 lb baby red potatoes, halved
~ 2 cups beef broth
~ 1 pot roast seasoning packet (like Lawrys or McCormicks)


Layer meat in bottom of crock pot. Arrange vegetables on top of meat. In separate bowl, whisk seasoning packet into broth and pour over vegetables and meat. Set crock pot on low and cook for 8-10 hours.

Easy Baked Potatoes


~ 4 russet potatoes
~ Olive oil
~ Kosher salt


Rub potatoes with oil and generously sprinkle them with salt. Wrap each potatoes in a sheet of foil and place in crock pot. Cook on low for 8-10 hours. Unwrap and top with your favorite toppings.




About Lana

Lana Brooks is a mother of two and certified in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum. She is currently a ballet instructor at Southland Ballet Academy with over 10 years of professional performing experience and 10 years of teaching experience. Ms. Brooks' students have been finalists and semi-finalists in Youth American Grand Prix, LA Music Center Spotlight Awards, and the Orange County Performing Arts Center "Stars of Tomorrow" competitions and some have gone on to dance in ballet companies nationwide. She has received extensive training from the Orange County Performing Arts Center "From the Center" program for community and student outreach and has helped develop assembly programs that bring dance and arts education to Southern California schools.


  1. shoffman3572

    January 30, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Nice – any Vegan Crock pot meal ideas?

    • Dance Life Editor

      February 7, 2014 at 8:11 am

      Not yet, but great idea! Thanks a bunch!

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