If you’re looking for a combo of culinary convenience and dinnertime deliciousness, slow cooker recipes have the edge. With a bit of prep, you can save time in the kitchen as well as produce meals rich in flavor and goodness. If you don’t have a Crock Pot, these recipes might just persuade you it’s time to invest. Keep reading to see them all.
1. Crock Pot Chicken
A good chicken recipe can be a weeknight savior, and this recipe will give you some leftovers for the week ahead as well as a broth that can be used as a gravy or soup base. The lemon and rosemary seasoning infuses the meat with a delicate citrus flavor producing a meal that's sure to become a family favorite.
2. Easy Crock Pot Italian Meatballs
For the ultimate comfort food, try this egg and meatball dish from Plated Cravings. The meal comes together easily in a crock pot. Simmered in a smooth marinara sauce, this high protein meal works for hungry hoards any time of day.
3. Hearty Beef Stew
A good beef stew is hard to beat, and this crock pot version provides the best of both worlds—it can be thrown together in the morning and will be a tasty feast by the evening. Double the recipe, and you can even create leftovers to freeze for later.
4. Crock Pot Minestrone
The list of ingredients in a Minestrone can be off-putting, but you won't regret making this crock pot version. The kids will get a healthy dose of veggies while the cook will get a break from the kitchen—win, win! Serve it with grated cheese and a slice of bread.
5. Hawaiian Chicken
Need a reminder that summer's on its way? This Hawaiian chicken recipe should do the trick. Kids will love the blend of sweet, tangy, and savory flavors and parents will love that it's an easy crock pot cook up! Head over to Averie Cooks for the recipe.
6. Crock Pot Lasagne
Lasagne gets a slow cooker makeover with this recipe from Phyllis Good's cookbook, Stock the Crock. This version can be adapted by substituting hot Italian sausage meat for plain turkey or ground beef. The recipe involves adding the more delicate items like spinach and noodles towards the end of the cook time. Want a veggie version? We have you covered, just click here.
7. Creamy Chicken Spaghetti
Ricotta cheese gives this kid-approved Crock Pot chicken recipe its extra creaminess. The chicken cooks up in your favorite spaghetti sauce with the pasta and broccoli added to the pot at the end of the cook time. Head to Aggie's Kitchen for the recipe.
8. Wild Rice Chicken Soup
This is a seasonal comfort food you'll return to again and again. The recipe from Pinch of Yum will feed an army so you'll have plenty of leftovers to keep the family well-fed for the week.
9. Moroccan Chicken Tagine
This tagine is a great dish to make ahead for the weekend. There's protein and veggie goodness in every bite, and you can adjust the seasoning to accommodate tiny taste buds. Head to Feed Me Phoebe for the how-to.
10. Vegetarian Crock Pot Chili
This vegetarian chili is a healthy comfort food, and it is so simple to make in a Crock Pot. Including three kinds of beans, this recipe from Show Me The Yummy is gluten and dairy-free.
11. Carrot Cake Overnight Oatmeal
Carrot cake for breakfast? Yes, please! This recipe from Foxes Love Lemons will revolutionize your morning routine—just prep before bedtime and by dawn you'll have a bowl of sweet creamy, carrot and coconut flavored oatmeal to set the kids up for the day.
12. Slow Cooked Pulled Pork
A slow cooker pulled pork recipe can keep the family well fed for a week. This recipe from Plated Pixels is super simple and is sure to be a favorite with the kids. Put the shredded meat into a bun, tortilla or serve with rice or pasta.
13. Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli
Five-minutes of prep is all this recipe demands. Add the cornstarch, and steam the broccoli towards the end of the cook time and you've got a no fuss, nutritious meal for the family. Check out the how-to and video at My Fussy Eater.
14. Pumpkin and Lentil Soup
This pumpkin and lentil soup from Scrummy Lane is thick and creamy and packed with nutrition. Prep in the morning and you'll have a healthy dinner ready for the evening. Bonus: this is a soup that tastes just as good reheated the next day.
15. Best Tomato Soup
Tomatoes really benefit from slow cooking, and this rich, low-calorie tomato soup does double duty as a pasta sauce if you need one during the week. Get the fool-proof recipe from Erin Clarke at Well Plated.
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