25 Yummy Slow-Cooker Recipes To Help Dinner Go Smoother

We all know that often it is healthier for your body and for your bank account to eat at home. However, who really has the time? Even stay-at-home moms and dads struggle to find the time to cook a delicious and nutritious home-cooked meal everyday. Between work, kids, friends and family, cleaning, managing life, catching up on your favorite episodes, and maybe even a quick trip to the gym, dinnertime can rapidly appear without warning. Surprisingly, dinnertime occurs everyday around the same time, and we are still startled when it shows up. It’s like declaring a state of emergency when your kids grow out of their shoes. Why didn’t anyone tell us that they grow so fast?!

While we can’t help you with your kids’ growth rate, we can maybe help you, and ourselves, by providing you with these 25 Yummy Slow-Cooker Recipes To Help Dinner Go Smoother. Let’s pull out those crock pots, fill them up with good stuff, and get back to our regularly scheduled programs. After only about 20-30 minutes of prep time, we have about 6-8 hours to complete our to-do lists before dinnertime arrives; this time we will be prepared!

Note: There are a few meat-free recipes here; They are marked (MF) for all of our herbivores out there.

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Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

slow cooker beef stewSource & Image: foodnetwork.com

Most of what we think of when we think slow-cooker is stew and beef. Let’s start off this list with something to satisfy the cliche stereotype. After taking about 20 minutes to brown the meat and prep the gravy and veggies (testing the wine is optional), we can leave it alone for 8 hours. This is a hardy classic with savory veggies to compliment the beef.


Slow Cooked Cuban Sandwich

slow cooked cuban sandwichSource & Image: foodnetwork.com & Jeff Mauro

A Cuban sandwich from a slow-cooker? Unfortunately, our crock pots don’t currently have the capability to assemble sandwiches for us, but most of the prep work for you is just that: sandwich assembly. This slow cooked pork beats the ubiquitous PB&J, and it’s a huge improvement from your local sub shop. There’s even a video for this one.


Spicy Fajita Soup (MF if you substitute chicken broth)

Spicy-fajita-soup_Source & Image: Sandra Lee via foodnetwork.com

This delicious soup is sure to turn up the heat. For those of you who love fajitas and love soup, this is for you. The bonus? It’s on this list, so it’s something you can throw in the crock pot.



chicken and quinoa minestroneSource: countryliving.com; Image: Becky Stayner via countryliving.com

Quinoa is all the craze these days, and there’s no wonder with how healthy and easy it is to add to many meals. While rice and pasta have their place, this minestrone gives quinoa it’s due turn with a new take on a classic. Yummy and delicious; what else could you ask for?


Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

Slow-Cooker-Spaghetti-Squash-and-Meatballs-4Source & Image: alldayidreamaboutfood.com

Pasta is great. Pasta all the time is boring, not to mention that it’s not-so-great for our bodies. Spaghetti squash is an amazing magical veggie that takes the place of pasta and adds a lot more nutrition. Try this new way to serve up spaghetti and meatballs next time you just can’t take pasta anymore.

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