Does the cold weather and back-to-the-grind of the New Year have your slow cooker working overtime? Mine, too! In this Slow Cooker Recipe Round-Up, you’ll find a collection of great family-friendly, slow cooker recipes to help get you through this season from some of my FAVORITE recipe writers! Slow cooker meals are a perfect way to get dinner, which is the most important meal of our day, on the table quickly and stress-free so that you can better enjoy the time around the table with your family.
Slow Cooker Sides
Crock Pot Baked Potatoes from Skinnytaste
Who knew you could cook baked potatoes in a slow cooker? Game.Changer. A client of mine shared this secret with me recently and it has rocked my world. We love sweet potatoes in our family and this is FAR better than cooking them in the microwave.
Cooking Squash in the Slow Cooker from Super Healthy Kids
Similar to the baked potato recipe…how awesome is this? I love the idea of cooking the squash in bulk and using it for a ton of recipes. You could eat it on its own night one, but could also puree and freeze it for use in soups, pastas, and sauces. I’m always looking for quick and easy ways to add veggies to our meals, and this fits the bill. Love this!
Slow Cooker Soups
Lentil Soup (Instant Pot) from Kids Eat Vegetables
One day, my kids WILL eat lentils and, when they do, this is going on the menu. It is hearty, chock full of vegetables, and is so simple. Extra points for the option to cook in the Instant Pot.
Ranch Chicken Chili from Wildtree
O.M.G. This is my FAVORITE chili recipe. I’ve made it with and without the cream cheese and it’s ah-mazing either way. I’ve added more broth to it to make less thick and have made it as is, and used it as more of a dip. It’s a perfect game day food!
Slow Cooker Main Dishes
Crock Pot Chicken Parm from Super Healthy Kids
Love the idea of coming home to THIS waiting in the slow cooker. Cook some pasta ahead of time, grab a bagged salad and dinner is done!
Crock Pot Sesame Honey Chicken from Skinnytaste
I love a good rice bowl and this one is right up my alley. The ingredients are super common, so chances are, you’ll have everything you need on hand. I think it would be perfect in a lettuce wrap and served on a salad as a way to remix the leftovers.
Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs from Simply Sissom
This year, I have been making meatballs in the slow cooker and this recipe sounds wonderful. Meatballs are a perfect freezer-friendly food. You can prep the mixture ahead of time and freeze it, form into meatballs and freeze them, OR cook the meatballs and freeze the leftovers so you have a super-fast meal that you just need to warm up waiting in the freezer.
Best Ever Slow Cooker Pulled Pork from She Chose Health
My friend Kristie swears this pulled pork recipe is worth the title of ‘Best Ever’ and, because I heart her, I’m going to take her word for it. She recommends a pork loin, which is a leaner cut of meat than a traditional pork shoulder or Boston Butt that we tend to use here in Virginia, so it’s a bit healthier than other options. 🙂
Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken from Emily Bites
You had me at ‘Thai Peanut’, Emily. Seriously, this recipe has so many of the things I love: Hoisin, peanut butter, and coconut milk. This would also make a great salad topping and would definitely add some variety to boring old lunches.
Mojo Chicken Bowl from Wildtree
I love the Mojo Marinade from Wildtree. It’s my quick go-to to make tacos out of already cooked shredded chicken. This is the recipe I use when I am intentional about planning a twist on our traditional taco night. The marinade is citrusy and full of flavor.
Hopefully, you’ll find that some of the dishes in this Slow Cooker Recipe Round-Up will be winners in your home and will make the cut for your rotation of family favorites. Did I leave out your tried-and-true slow cooker recipe? Please share it in the comments and I’ll try hard to include it next time!
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