The weather has taken a slight turn to cooler, brisk mornings, and that is fine by me because I love slow cooker weather! Here are 10 of my family’s favourite slow cooker recipes, and a few on the ‘must-try’ list!
Many years ago, after my oldest daughter had just arrived, a friend invited my little family over to her house for dinner. It was a week night, and she was a full-time mama, and she warned us that dinner wasn’t going to be anything special but does that ever matter when someone else is cooking? She served this Slow Cooker Potato Soup and I always cried tears of joy. It was so rich and creamy, without the heavy cream, and the bacon had my husband convinced soups could be meals! Thanks again J!
In the fall and winter, Beef Stew is a staple in my slow cooker, but when a friend said he often makes Chicken Stew I was intrigued (and clearly living under a rock!). This Slow Cooker Chicken Stew recipe is highly rated, and it’s going to be on my menu plan this week! The ingredients are easily found in any grocery store, and the others who have made it offer tons of tweaks to make it a recipe you can truly call “your own”.
For my daughter’s 9th birthday, out of the blue, she chose Mandarine as the spot for her birthday dinner. Now, I can get both kids to eat any kind of stir fry – like this Pineapple Chicken – if I tell them it’s “just like the food at Mandarine”!
Are you seeing a pattern here? I love soups full of “stuff”, and this Creamy Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup is no exception. Plus, it’s so hearty, I serve it as a main course along with a small salad and some fresh bread on #MeatlessMonday and boom! Kicking off another week the delicious way!
I don’t consider myself a football fan – although I do love a good halftime show – but I do love tailgate food! This Buffalo Chicken Dip is a crowd-pleaser, and a great way to use up some cooked chicken. Too bad there’s never any left overs when I make it. My favourite part is the crumbled blue cheese, and that I can dial down the spicy by using a little less hot sauce. Bonus: it’s gluten free!
I went to a birthday dinner years ago where the entire meal consisted of the birthday girl’s favourite foods. Chicken Tortilla Soup was the second course, and I was hooked! This slow cooker recipe adds in squash and green beans, making it another easy way to sneak some veggies into your kids.
Beef Stroganoff was a meal from my childhood that I had long since forgotten about until – you guessed it – I went home again. My mom had a new trick up her sleeve this time, she made this formerly high maintenance meal in her slow cooker and saved her time for visiting with us instead of the kitchen!
Still feeling Italian? I haven’t tried this recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan yet but it looks soo delicious and too easy to pass up! I love that you can control the heat with chili pepper flakes, and my kids will love not having to cut up the chicken themselves!
Nothing makes me feel cozier than the smell of warm apples. And I can’t wait to debut this oh-so-easy Apple Cider recipe this fall after a long walk with the family. Want the warm deliciousness of apple cider with zero work? Simply fill your crock pot with your favourite store-bought cider before you hear out, and come home to a welcome treat!
I think my favourite part about slow cooker recipes is that they can cook while you’re using your oven to make the rest of your meal. I know when we have dinner guests, the oven is in high demand, so setting and forgetting this Gooey Brownie Cake is music to my ears. And it’s so easy to prep that the kids could do it, too!
Do you have any favourite slow cooker recipes? Please share it below in the comments so I (and other readers) can be inspired!