19 Slow Cooker Recipes for a Trouble-Free Dinner

I love to cook, but during this busy season of my life, I don’t often have much time for it. Fortunately, my slow cooker is a lifesaver when it comes to preparing healthy meals my family actually will eat – with minimal effort on my part. Here are some of my favorite easy, delicious, and healthy slow cooker meals from around the web:

  1. Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken. This Thai peanut chicken is great because it’s versatile – put it on bun, in a lettuce wrap (my personal favorite), or use it for a flatbread topping.
  2. Slow Cooker Beef Stew. Who doesn’t love warm, yummy beef stew when the weather turns cold? As an added bonus, this one’s healthy, too.
  3. Beef & Veggie Sloppy Joes. I’m always looking for ways to sneak more veggies into foods my kids will eat. These gooey sloppy joes have lots of hidden veggies and do the trick.
  4. Slow Cooker Hawaiian Sticky Chicken. This healthy and delicious recipe is easy to prep and is a fun reminder of our family’s vacation to Hawaii. Our whole family simply gobbles it up.
  5. Super Easy Skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna. I’ll confess that until I discovered this recipe, I did not realize that you could make lasagna in a slow cooker. I love eating lasagna but hate the work involved – this recipe solves the problem.
  6. Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Lo Mein Noodles. Why pay for pricey and unhealthy Chinese take-out when you can make something better at home? This easy slow cooker lo mein hits the spot when you’ve got a craving for Chinese food.
  7. Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs. If you love pasta but don’t want a ton of carbs, this easy recipe is a great option. Bonus: It’s another great way to sneak extra vegetables into a meal your kids already love.
  8. Slow Cooker Salmon Fillet. This recipe is proof that you really can cook anything in a slow cooker – even salmon. The slow-cooking process packs the fish with flavor. My family just eats this up.
  9. Creamy Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Kale Soup. Kale is the trendy new super food of the moment. I had a hard time loving it – let alone getting my kids to eat it – until I discovered this yummy soup, just in time for winter.
  10. Slow Cooker Chicken Chili. In fall and winter, I find that I’m making chili all the time, so I like to mix things up with a few different recipes. This one’s different, replacing ground beef with chicken and adding sweet potatoes.
  11. Slow Cooker Brisket Sandwiches. My husband is a meat-and-potatoes guy, so he loves to have brisket for dinner. You can eat sandwiches open-faced as the recipe suggests or cut out the carbs and eat the meat without the bun.
  12. Slow Cooker Mushroom Barley Risotto. I had always been afraid of making risotto for some reason – it somehow seemed out of my league. This recipe makes it easy, and is a great vegetarian dish that still has substance, thanks to the mushrooms.
  13. Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Mushrooms and Carrots. With a little bit of prep time in the morning, filling yet healthy dinner is ready in the evening. Pork chops are a favorite in our family, and this recipe makes it easy to serve them often.
  14. Mediterranean Roast Turkey. I’m a sucker for Thanksgiving dinner any time of year, but it’s so much work. I was thrilled to find a healthy and easy way to make roast turkey without slaving over the stove all day.
  15. Pesto Lasagna with Spinach and Mushrooms. This is another easy, healthy twist on lasagna. This recipe is packed with vegetables and so many other delicious flavors that your kids won’t realize they’re eating something that’s so good for them.
  16. Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice. You can enjoy the flavors of New Orleans without traveling to the Big Easy with this easy recipe. I like to mix this dish into my meal plans every so often to keep our dinners interesting.
  17. Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes. This is another recipe that convinced me that my slow cooker can do anything. Using low-fat ingredients helps lighten up this family-friendly side dish; it’s one my kids beg for often.
  18. Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli. This recipe is another healthy variation on a Chinese take-out favorite. The sauce is so full of flavor – I think it’s even better than our local Chinese restaurant’s version.
  19. Slow Cooker Apple Bacon BBQ Pulled Pork. Apples and pork are natural match, and when you add bacon in this recipe – yum! This pulled pork makes a great filling for sandwiches, or you can eat it on its own or over rice.

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