Looking for a quick and easy way to create delicious meals for your entire family? A slow cooker might just be the answer to your prayers. If you don’t already have a slow cooker in your kitchen, I’d recommend investing in one. They’re reasonably priced and can be used to make virtually hundreds of meals ranging from tender pork loin to a delicious Thai dish.
And best of all, these slow cooker recipes are a great solution for a busy week. If you’re busy transporting the kids from school to soccer practice to piano lessons and feel like you don’t even have time to cook in between, try out a slow cooker to see just what it can do. Meals can be assembled in the morning before work or over your lunch break and can cook throughout the day. The result? A delicious evening meal that promises to satisfy all members of your family.
Take a look at my three favorite slow cooker recipes – and try them out today!
Slow-Cooker Chicken Curry
If you think creating a fabulous Indian curry in your own home is impossible, think again. This slow-cooker recipe combines tender chicken with a variety of spices for a dish your whole family will enjoy. Pro tip: If you’re feeling brave, slice and dice your favorite veggies and add them to the mix.
10 chicken thighs (2-3/4 lb.), skins removed
1 jar (16 oz.) salsa
1 onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. curry powder
1 cup fat free sour cream
Place chicken in slow cooker. Combine next 3 ingredients; pour over chicken. Cover with lid.
Cook on LOW 8 to 10 hours (or on HIGH 5 hours).
Transfer chicken to platter; cover to keep warm. Add sour cream to slow cooker; stir until well blended. Serve over chicken.
Refrigerate any leftovers.
Italian Beef Sandwiches
You don’t need to be in a big city to have a tender and juicy Italian beef sandwich. Simply combine beef chuck eye roast with your favorite veggies and a few secret ingredients for a taste that rivals some of the best sandwich places around.
1 jar (16 oz.) pepperocinis, undrained
1 boneless beef chuck eye roast (2 lb.)
½ cup Italian dressing
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
1 loaf French bread (24 inch), cut into 8 pieces, partially split
Drain pepporcinis, reserving 1/4 cup liquid.
Place meat in slow cooker; top with peppers, sliced onion, reserved liquid and dressing. Cover with lid.
Cook on LOW 6 to 8 hours (or on HIGH 4 to 6 hours).
Remove meat from slow cooker, reserving peppers and 1-1/2 cups liquid in cooker. Discard excess liquid. Shred meat with 2 forks; return to cooker. Stir in cheese.
Serve in bread.
Refrigerate any leftovers (separately from bread).
Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
Be the envy of your friends with this recipe – believe me, it’s so good they’ll think it’s been handed down for generations. Let the chicken simmer with a delicious blend of tomatoes, peppers, and spices for a true classic that you just can’t get enough of.
¼ cup Italian dressing
3 lb. mixed chicken thighs and drumsticks
½ lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
½ cup each red and green pepper strips
1 clove garlic, minced
1 can (14.5 oz.) crushed tomatoes
1 tsp. dried thyme leaves
4 cups hot, cooked long-grain white rice
Heat dressing in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken, in batches; cook 2 to 3 min. on each side or until evenly browned on all sides.
Place mushrooms, onions, peppers and garlic in slow cooker; top with chicken. Combine tomatoes and thyme; pour over ingredients in slow cooker. Cover with lid.
Cook on LOW 6 to 8 hours (or on HIGH 5 hours).
Serve chicken mixture over rice.
Refrigerate any leftovers.
About the Author:
While not working part-time as a bank teller, Jennifer fills her time with hiking, writing, time with her kids, and – of course – cooking. She looks forward to the weekends when all of her hobbies can finally come together.