Wherever you are in the country, it is no secret that the distinct chill of winter has settled across even some of the southernmost cities. You want something warm and filling for dinner, but between shorter days and busy schedules, it can be hard to fit in the time get a hot dinner on the table. Enter our old, trusty friend—the slow cooker. Easy to use and even easier to clean, slow cookers offer a break from the kitchen without sacrificing nutrition, volume, or flavor. So embrace that creeping feeling of self-imposed hibernation, flick on the Crock-Pot, and curl with the family for a movie while you let these tasty dinners finish themselves.
Meatball Sliders with Tomato Sauce
Bakery fresh rolls, zesty meatballs, and slow-simmered marinara!? Sign us up! This gourmet Crock-Pot recipe can be started in the morning and finished up while helping the kids with homework or in the time it takes to squeeze a workout in. Add some steamed veggies or a mixed salad to the side and you’ll have a mid-week meal that feels like a Sunday night dinner.
Four-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Pot Roast
With just four ingredients and minimal prep, this simple yet tasty Crock-Pot recipe is music to our ears. The carbonation from your favorite beer (or dark soda for a fun twist) slowly breaks down the toughness of chuck roast, while an envelope of Italian dressing mix adds that perfect hit of acid and salt to bring this meal together. Serve on a crusty roll with sandwich fixings or toss on a plate with some roasted potatoes and green vegetables. The best part? This recipe makes tons of leftovers—perfect for lunches.
Uncle Jack’s Mac-and-Cheese
A little bit of southern comfort in the dead of winter. This classic, cafeteria-style macaroni recipe is indulgent and the perfect dish for blustery snow storms and rainy days. Toss all the ingredients in the slow-cooker and cook for four hours for the perfect, crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside slice of mac and cheese to enjoy with a side of roasted vegetables. Homestyle goodness with minimal cooking is a win-win in our books.
If you put your mind to it, you can cook anything in a Crock-Pot—like this hearty, slow-cooked meatloaf. Using a few shortcuts like dry onion soup mix and shredded sharp cheddar cheese, this quick loaf comes together in a little under six hours. So head to work, run those errands, and come home to a ready to serve, crowd-pleasing main dish.
Whole 30 Creamy Taco Soup
Creamy and dairy free might seem like an oxymoron, but this filling, healthful soup is a match made in heaven. Coconut milk lends a decadent touch to this warm and savory soup that has all the flavor of tasty tacos, without the cheese or tortillas. Let the whole family enjoy dinner their own way, by offering a selection of toppings like jalapenos, green onion, cilantro, and avocado.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortellini Soup
Cozy chicken noodle soup meets savory cheese tortellini in this ingenious recipe that offers maximum flavor with minimal effort. Store-bought tortellini and premade chicken broth elevate humble chicken noodle soup ingredients in this one-pot recipe. Simmer during the workday and toss in the tortellini 15 minutes before serving. Perfect for when the household comes down with the flu.
Slow Cooker Ramen Noodles Recipe
Remember when ramen was reserved for penny-pinching college students? Well, this homemade version discards that sodium filled seasoning packet to bring you a trendy dish more reminiscent of an authentic Japanese dining experience than a 50 cent meal made with a kettle. Let the savory broth and boneless chicken breast simmer away for three hours while you catch up on a little me time, then stir in the noodles and add toppings like soft boiled eggs, fresh cilantro or a handful of spinach for a vitamin boost.
Crockpot Lasagna Soup
All the flavor of lasagna, no baked-on mess to deal with. This wonderfully messy and meaty soup breaks the rules and encourages you to go heavy on the noodles and cheese. A great way to hide those pesky vegetables, use peppers, tomatoes, and spinach to round out this decadent meal, so there’s no need for sides or plates, just a big bowl, and your appetite.
Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup
Take-out taste for a fraction of the price. Curry dishes can be daunting, but this set-it and forget-it soup takes the guesswork out of homemade Asian cuisine and offers a balanced flavor reminiscent of your favorite Thai spot. Cook up a side of fragrant jasmine rice, garnish with cilantro, and call it a night.
Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup
Thick. Rich. Stick-to-the-ribs. This slow-cooker dinner ticks all the boxes when looking for a cozy, warm soup that everyone will love. With almost zero prep work, this dish will have you in and out of the kitchen in under 10 minutes. Double and freeze the recipe to pull out during those busy weeks where even time spent chopping an onion is time you don’t have. Garnish with some cheese and crunchy tortilla chips, and wait for the yums to break the silence.
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