A quick and easy slow-cooker recipe may sound like a total oxymoron, but hear us out: there really is such a thing! Here are some of our favorite, totally delicious, crazy-good easy slow cooker recipes. Trust…
Easy Slow Cooker Recipes with Chicken
There are a million different ways to cook a chicken, but here are some of our favorite easy-to-prepare slow cooker chicken recipes.
Slow Cooker Crack Chicken
This recipe couldn’t be any easier, and trust us when we say that your family will be begging for more of this slow-cooker crack chicken meal. Start by placing four frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts on the bottom of a slow cooker Then, sprinkle two ranch seasoning packets over the top. Place two blocks of cream cheese on top of the seasoning, cover the slow cooker and set to cook for eight hours on low heat. A few minutes before serving, shred the chicken with two forks and cook a few slices of microwaveable bacon. Crumble the bacon on top of the chicken and stir. Serve this insanely addicting easy crock pot chicken meal on top of steamed broccoli for an irresistible, low-carb, ketogenic weeknight meal!
Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings
This slow cooker chicken and dumplings recipe is total comfort food and will remind you of when grandma used to make it. (Shhh… don’t tell grandma it only took us ten minutes to make!). Start by placing four boneless skinless chicken breasts (boneless chicken thighs would also work), two tablespoons butter, diced onion, and two cans of cream of chicken soup in the bottom of a greased slow cooker. Fill with enough chicken broth to cover all of the ingredients and cover. Cook for five to six hours on high heat. In the last thirty minutes of cooking, roll pre-packaged biscuit dough in a little flour and drop into the slow cooker. Replace the lid and finish cooking. A delicious meal just like grandma used to make in less than half the time!
Quick Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes
From soups to stews to chilis, the slow cooker is king for making a flavorful and easy vegetarian meal!
Slow Cooker Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili
A twist on an old Mexican favorite, this sweet potato & black bean chili recipe will quickly become a simple and tasty weeknight favorite! Start by peeling and dicing one large or two small sweet potatoes. Then, add the diced sweet potatoes, canned tomatoes drained and rinsed black beans, ¾ cup water, and some chili powder and garlic powder to the crock pot. Cover and cook on high for three to four hours. After the chili is done cooking, use a potato masher to lightly mash about half of the chili – this will help to break apart the sweet potatoes and thicken the chili. Serve a hearty bowl topped with a dollop of sour cream or a sprinkling of shredded cheese. This chili freezes beautifully and can be reheated to enjoy again!
Slow Cooker Curried Vegan Lentils
This hearty and healthy meal will stick to your ribs…in the best way possible! Begin by rinsing one and ½ cups green lentils and adding to the slow cooker, along with four cups of vegetable broth, diced onion, diced sweet potatoes, and four tablespoons of green curry paste. Cover and cook on high for three and ½ hours, or until lentils are tender and most of the broth has been absorbed. Stir in two cups of fresh spinach and salt to taste. Serve and top with some coconut milk and a squeeze of fresh lime, and you have a quick and easy meal that will satisfy even the hungriest dinner guest!
Quick Slow Cooker Recipes with Pasta
Bet you didn’t know you could make a delicious pasta casserole in your slow cooker! Here are some standout quick and easy slow cooker recipes with pasta.
Slow Cooker Baked Ziti
Pasta cooked in a slow cooker has a bad reputation for being soggy and overdone – but not this Italian-inspired recipe! Start by coating the bottom of your slow cooker with cooking spray. Then, add dried ziti, jarred marinara, ricotta cheese, and shredded mozzarella cheese and stir to combine. Sprinkle the top of the mixture with a bit more shredded mozzarella and cover. Cook on low for three to four hours, or until the pasta is cooked through and the cheese is fully melted. Serve up this ooey-gooey ziti bake and garnish with fresh parsley or basil. Enjoy this flavorful and filling weeknight dinner winner – it will surely become a family favorite!
Slow Cooker Creamy Broccoli Mac and Cheese
Ultra-creamy and fuss-free, this slow cooker mac and cheese might be easier than a box of the orange stuff. (And we know it’s more delicious!). Start by placing dry medium pasta shells, one cup shredded cheddar cheese, and four ounces of cubed cream cheese into the slow cooker. Then, stir in two cups of whole milk, one can of evaporated milk, two teaspoons Dijon mustard, and ½ teaspoon each of onion powder and paprika; season with salt and pepper to taste. Make sure the pasta is submerged as much as possible, then cover and cook on low heat for ninety minutes, stirring every thirty minutes until noodles are tender. Uncover slow cooker, stir in two and ½ cups broccoli florets, and cook an additional thirty minutes. Uncover once more and stir in two cups of shredded cheddar cheese until cheese is fully melted. Serve immediately and let the “ahhh”-ing commence.
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