Pizza night is easy but slow cooker recipes for kids can be almost as easy, and twice as nutritious! With a few ingredients and a bit of pre-planning, you can let the simmering happen while you are away and then have dinner on the table in minutes. It’s a weeknight lifesaver! Click through the gallery below to check out our favorite slow cooker recipes for kids and grown-ups alike.
Crock Pot Lasagna in a Soup Bowl
We warned you we were obsessed, right? This variation of crock pot lasagna from Phyllis Good's book, Stock the Crock, is even more delicious in person, and in spite of the complex flavors, it is very easy to make. Click here to get your ingredient list and get cooking.
Crock Pot Sloppy Joes
Mango Chicken Stuffed Peppers
This tasty recipe from Worth Cooking makes use of your crock pot to cook a combo of chicken, mango, and spices. Then, after the chicken’s done, just pop the mixture in some red bell peppers and bake for a few minutes.
Chicken gets zesty in this lightened-up recipe from Crockpot Gourmet. It’s easy to throw together in the morning, too, thanks to a simple ingredient list featuring frozen limeade.
Homemade meatballs may seem daunting, but this recipe from Kristen Lindsay couldn’t be easier. Just form the meatballs, layer them with pasta sauce in the slow cooker, and let them do their thing for a few hours. Get all the details by clicking here.
Healthy Apple Sauce
Sally of Good Dinner Mom food blog tells us that her family requests she make this recipe almost every week. The best part? You can control the amount of sugar (or no sugar) and it's incredibly simple to make. Grab the full recipe by clicking here.
Forget Panda Express—this orange chicken recipe from Kirbie’s Cravings is off-the-charts delicious, and way healthier than anything you’d get in a restaurant. It’s the best way to brighten up your plate on a dreary weeknight. To snag the recipe, click here.
Sweet Potato Chili
As a kid food blogger Kari of GI365 disdained chili, but she decided to revisit this hearty winter dish as an adult. By adding sweet potatoes and taking out the beans, Kari realized she created a stellar recipe for those who wanted to a dish beyond the traditional chili. Check out the recipe from G1365 by clicking here.
Chicken Tikka Masala
This delish chicken recipe from One Lovely Life is bound to become a weekday staple. The rich, flavorful sauce and tender chicken pairs perfectly with rice and veggies. Snag the recipe by clicking here.
Warm your whole house up with this tasty soup from Homemade Hooplah. The hearty mix of veggies and beans means that it’s the perfect meatless meal that will still fill you up. Click here to grab the recipe.
Blueberry Apple Cobbler
This cobbler from Spiced is as comforting as homemade pie but way easier to make—sign us up! Topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it’s a guaranteed win with kids and adults alike. To get the recipe, click here.
Tortellini, Sausage and Kale Soup
If you’ve got a spare 10 minutes in the morning, you’ve got enough time to make this hearty soup from Chef Savvy. Simmer the sausage, tomatoes and broth all day long, then just throw in the pasta and kale when you’re almost ready to eat. Click here to get the recipe.
Ranch Chex Mix
The slow cooker isn’t just for main dishes—try out this awesome party mix from Oh, Sweet Basil. You can customize it by adding your favorite crunchy snacks, and the tangy ranch coating is super addictive. Grab the recipe by clicking here.
We would have never thought to make mashed potatoes in the slow cooker, but this recipe from Life Is But a Dish works like a charm. And since nobody likes cold ‘taters, the cooker keeps them warm until you’re ready to eat. Snag the recipe by clicking here.
For a hearty side, try making these yummy scalloped potatoes from Well Plated. They’re made using a mix of Yukon Gold and sweet potatoes, and the cheesy sauce makes them an instant kid favorite. Click here to get the recipe.
Spinach Bacon Dip
This genius recipe from Slow Cooker Gourmet is perfect for feeding a crowd, whether it’s game day or a family gathering. Serve it with warm crusty bread and tortilla chips for an appetizer that will disappear in a flash. To get the recipe, click here.
Chicken and Vegetable Soup
Since this delicious recipe takes eight hours in the slow cooker, prep your meal in the morning and by the time evening rolls around your dinner is ready. Visit the Food Network clicking here for the full how-to and to discover what secret ingredient really makes this recipe stand out.
Reason #1 to fall in love with this dish? It only takes 10 minutes to prep! These slow cooker chicken enchiladas are simple to make and taste delicious topped with cheddar cheese, enchilada sauce, sour cream or salsa. Click on over to Urban Cookery for the full how-to.
Vegan Quinoa Chili
No fussy steps in this recipe from Janssen of food blog Everyday Reading. With two types of beans and a handful of spices this recipe is vegan, but if you want to deviate from the vegan recipe add sour cream, cheese or any toppings of your choice. Click over to Everyday Reading for the ingredients and directions.
Mac and Cheese
Ditch the boxed mac and cheese and opt instead of this recipe from Khit of A Bountiful Love food blog. Not only is this recipe easy but it's budget-friendly. Hop on over to Khit's blog for the full how-to.
Lentil Sausage Soup
Food blogger, Diane of Homemade Food Junkie tells us that this recipe makes her life so easy and it will make yours easy too! This recipe is high-fiber, low-fat, dairy- and gluten-free. Visit Homemade Food Junkie for the entire recipe by clicking here.
Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Ditch the carbs with this easy slow cooker recipe from food blogger, Allyson of Domestic Superhero. With only eight ingredients total, your dinner could not be easier. Visit Allyson's blog for the entire recipe by clicking here.
Hearty White Bean Soup
After trying this recipe you'll never want to make soup on your stovetop again. Simply prep your veggies and then let the slow cooker do the work. Visit My Whole Food Life food blog for the entire recipe.
Honey Ginger Chicken
This Asian-inspired dish from The Skinny Fork incorporates tastes that kids love, from savory soy sauce to sweet honey. The juicy chicken pairs perfectly with broccoli and steamed rice.
Apple and Maple Pulled Pork
While the first things that pops to mind when we say, maple syrup is likely pancakes, waffles and french toast, food blogger, Jen of How to: Simplify thought, pulled pork. She uses maple syrup in this recipe that'll soon make you think of maple syrup in a whole new light. For the full recipe, hop over to How to: Simplify by clicking here.
Italian Beef Sandwiches
A sandwich full of juicy beef, melty cheese, and tangy marinara sauce? Sign us up! Thanks to the slow cooker, when you're ready for dinner, all you'll have to do is assemble the sammies—talk about instant gratification.
Chicken Wild Rice Soup
This hearty soup from food blogger, Linda of Rotin Rice is so beloved she cooks it year round. For convenience Linda used leftover chicken but you can sub in fresh cubed chicken. Check out the full recipe by visiting Rotin Rice here.
This just might be the easiest dinner recipe ever—only three ingredients needed! Brown sugar and salsa come together to create a tasty sweet-but-spicy (depending on what kind of salsa you choose) glaze for the pork.
Korean Chicken Sliders
This recipe has become a staple in food blogger Chris's house. Since all of the work is done by the slow cooker over four hours it's a recipe fit for entertaining. With toppings like aioli, bean sprouts and avocado, your guests (and kids!) won't be able to resist these sliders. Hop over to Shared Appetite for the full recipe.
Black-Eyed Pea and Pork Chili
This unique chili is the perfect simple Sunday dinner recipe. With nutritious black-eyed peas and tasty lean pork tenderloin, your kids won't even realize they're eating their daily dose of veggies.
Chicken Pot Pie Stew
Chicken pot pie is the ultimate comfort food, but who has time to roll out a pie crust and bake it to perfection? That's why we can't resist this stew, which incorporates all our favorite elements of chicken pot pie without the hassle.
Bacon-Wrapped Apple Barbecue Chicken
Bacon-wrapped anything is enough to get any kid excited, which is why we love this recipe. It's surprisingly simple, too, with just five ingredients to pop in the crock pot.
French Dip Sandwiches
Talk about getting your hands dirty—kids will love dunking their sandwiches in a super tasty beef jus. Plus, these French dip sandwiches are definitely a unique twist on your usual beef roast.
Chicken with Balsamic and Tomatoes
This flavorful, Italian-inspired chicken recipe incorporates fresh greens, juicy tomatoes, and tangy balsamic vinegar to make the perfect dish to serve over pasta.
Nutella Bread Pudding
Dessert in the crock pot? Who knew! Little ones will happily gobble up this comforting Nutella bread pudding after a long day at school.
Get adventurous with your slow cooker with this fun recipe for Mongolian beef. The little ones will love the delicious combination of sweet, tangy, and slightly spicy flavors.
Mexican Corn and Bean Soup
The kids won't mind eating their veggies when they're part of this fun, colorful Mexican-inspired soup. Top with some melty grated cheese, and they'll gobble it up in no time.
Pulled Pork Tacos
Pulled pork isn't just for barbecue—this pulled pork taco recipe is super simple and fun for kids to customize with their own toppings. Add some veggies, cheese, and guac, and you've got a complete meal.
This mushroom chicken recipe couldn't be any simpler. Believe it or not, the kid-friendly dish only calls for four ingredients. We're sold!
Glazed Corned Beef
Corned beef may not be a traditional kid-friendly dish, but this slow cooker recipe is sure to make a corned beef lover out of your kiddos.
This slow cooker chicken taco recipe is a favorite of Red Tricycle’s editorial intern, Lauren. One bite of this delicious dish and you’ll begin to understand why!
Chicken and Dumplings
There are a ton of chicken and dumplings recipes out there, but none so healthy (or fast!) as this one that includes fresh, whole ingredients.
Why slave away in the kitchen for hours trying to layer the perfect lasagna when you can easily make it with your handy slow cooker?
Chicken with Grapes
Seasoned chicken is cooked over a bed of simmering tomatoes, butternut squash and chickpeas. Stir in sliced grapes before serving for a sweet, bright crunch.
While everyone loves barbecue ribs, not everyone loves the prep time involved with this favorite meal. Nix the hassle and opt for the slow cooker. You won't be disappointed.
Arroz Con Queso
A perfect dish for the picky eater in your family. This super easy and basic recipe is a great alternative to mac ‘n cheese.
Soy Sauce Chicken
This recipe comes courtesy of a new stay-at-home dad. He admittedly is not a wiz in the kitchen, which is why he loves this recipe. It can be made by amateur chefs or more seasoned cooks. Either way, you’ll love the final result: yummy chicken thighs and glaze.
Crock Pot Breakfast
Slow cooker recipes aren’t just for dinner! The mornings are often as hectic (if not more) than the evenings. Try prepping your breakfast the night before with this crock pot breakfast recipe.
Slow Cooker Braised Pulled Pork & Apple Cabbage Slaw
Bust out your slow cooker for this recipe from from Katie Sullivan Morford of Mom's Kitchen Handbook. The fresh apple cabbage slaw counters the braised pork perfectly to make a delicious and healthy meal. To get the recipe, click here.
Turkey Breast with Gravy
Who says turkey is just for Thanksgiving? This delicious recipe from Skinny Taste helps keep the turkey moist by cooking it in the gravy mixture.
A three ingredient recipe that’s oh-so-yummy? Sign us up! While this recipe may not satisfy chicken parm traditionalists, we love how easy it is. And, the outcome is just as good as the real (non-crock pot) thing.
Forget oven roasting the chicken. Check out this recipe for throwing the entire chicken in the crock pot instead. The result is a delicious fall-off-the-bone dinner.
What is your #1 favorite crock pot recipe? Share the love and let us know in the comment section below!
— Erin Lem