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Slow Cooker Recipes for Easy Weeknight Meals


When the kids are back in school, the days begin to get shorter, and the temperatures start cooling down, it’s time to dust off the slow cooker! This workhorse appliance is a gift to busy families, especially on weeknights when everyone’s tired and hungry after a long day at the office or in the classroom. Toss in a few ingredients with minimal prep and get ready to chow down! We’ve rounded up some tasty recipes to help get you started:  


Slow cooker chicken recipes

📷: Well Plated

Honey garlic chicken

It’s time for make-your-own-takeout, healthier edition. This dish features that wonderful combination of sweet, tang, and spice that is delish and addictive. Serve over rice, yakisoba noodles, or cauliflower rice with your favorite steamed veggies. Recipe HERE

Chicken soup

Nothing says fall like warm soup on a cool day. Tuck into a bowl or two of this classic chicken noodle soup, made even better because the flavors have a chance to develop in the slow cooker all day. You’ll never open up a can of Campbell’s again. Get the recipe HERE

Chicken alfredo

Even the pasta is prepared in the slow cooker, making this truly a one-pot dinner! Chicken alfredo is a kids’ favorite, so you’ll probably have this one on repeat all season. Recipe HERE


When you’re craving roasted chicken on a busy weeknight, forget the pre-made grocery store variety and make your own in the slow cooker! Recipe HERE.

Indian butter chicken

Enjoy this yummy classic Indian dish that’s full of flavor, no restaurant required. Serve with basmati rice and warm naan. Get the recipe HERE

Slow cooker beef recipes

📷: Food52

Mongolian beef

This popular restaurant dish features that fantastic Asian sweet/spicy combination we love. Bonus, you probably have most of these ingredients on hand. Recipe HERE

Roast beef

Come home to the mouthwatering aroma of roast beef that’s fit for company! Pop a few potatoes in the oven while you saute some veggies for the side enjoying a nice glass of red. Recipe HERE

Beef bourguignon

Tender beef and hearty veggies are the stars of the show in this classic French recipe. Don’t forget the mashed potatoes or crusty bread! Recipe HERE

Carne asada tacos

Come home to carne asada this week! Have the kids help chop up the fixings while you warm the tortillas, and you’ll be sitting down to a delicious dinner before you have a chance to kick off your shoes. Recipe HERE

Vegetarian and vegan slow cooker recipes


📷: Betty Crocker

Skinny spinach lasagna

Lasagna in the slow cooker? Yes, and it’s delish! It tastes so good the kids won’t even realize it’s full of veggies. Recipe HERE

Enchilada quinoa bake

Your family will love this hearty Mexican fare that’s full of flavor. It also makes great nachos, so serve it up with a side of tortilla chips! Recipe HERE

Chinese hot pot

Nourishing and hearty, this hot pot will keep you toasty warm on cooler fall evenings. Get the recipe HERE

Vegetarian chili

All you have to round up are the toppings when you get home for this fabulous chili. Freeze leftovers in single-serving containers or Ziploc bags for a perfect lunch. Recipe HERE.

Burrito bowls

Forget the long line at Chipotle and make your own burrito bowls! Let the kids pick out and prep their favorite toppings. Recipe HERE

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