Life gets so busy sometimes. Everyone is on a schedule, we’re running from school, to errands, to soccer practice, and back to school for that performance you don’t want to miss! Times like this are when my crock pot is my best friend because it means that I need not spend a moment more than necessary in the kitchen. The kids help me wash and prep the ingredients, and we each get to throw one things into the pot, someone presses “go”, and that’s it. When we come home from our adventures at the end of the day, dinner is all ready….with plenty leftover for the week ahead. Store what you don’t eat in dated single or multiple-serving containers in the freezer and all you have to do is defrost and reheat and your homemade meal is done within minutes. Make the most of your time during this busy season and spend as much as you can with your family! Here are 12 slow cooker recipes for any meal to inspire your mealtime needs! Tell me, what is your favorite slow cooker recipe?
Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal 1 of 12
By the time I finally get both kids off to dreamland, I'm pooped and ready to collapse in an fetal position on my bed. Yet like most moms, I usually find myself back in the kitchen, preparing the next day's school lunch as well as prepping the breakfast from my bedtime bargain. Thankfully, the breakfast my kids repeatedly ask for is Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal. It's a huge relief to hear those words because all I need to do is dump all of the ingredients in the crock pot (slow cooker), stir and go to bed. By the time we wake up, a creamy, piping hot breakfast is ready to fill our tummies.
Chicken Taco Chili 2 of 12
Recipe and Photo by Table For Two!
This Chicken Taco Chili is comforting, warm, and filling. Perfect for winter! As and added bonus, you probably have all these ingredients on hand already, so you don't even need to take a trip to the grocery!
Tri Tip Tacos 3 of 12
Recipe and Photo by Whats Gaby Cooking!
My daughter, Chloe, is a major steak lover and will accept it in just about any form imaginable! I love to offer Tri Tip Tacos to my family to satisfy everyone's cravings, and let them build their own tacos!
Honey Barbeque Brisket 4 of 12
Recipe and Photo by The Shiksa in the Kitchen!
If brisket wasn't made for the slow cooker then I don't know what was... or maybe slow cookers were invented to help you make the best brisket ever. Either way, these two are a perfect match. Honey Barbeque Brisket will have your kitchen smelling fantastic and everyone's mouths drooling while waiting to take that first succulent bite!
Tex Mex Chicken Lettuce Wraps 5 of 12
Recipe and Photo by Eat Live Run!
I don't know about you, but in my house when we can eat with our hands, dinner tastes that much better! Leave the utensils in the drawer, and make these fun and delicious Tex Mex Lettuce Wraps for your brood to get them involved in the kitchen with you!
Paprika Pork 6 of 12
Recipe and Photo by Bev Cooks!
Yes, your slow cooker can even prepare those "fancier" cuts of meat. Try out this Paprika Chicken over Parmesan Polenta to find out for yourself!
Meaty Pasta Sauce 7 of 12
Crock Pot Meaty Pasta Sauce is definitely one of those recipes that will quickly become a regular in your dinnertime rotation. You better double, or even triple, this recipe and freeze the leftovers so you always have a quick and hearty dinner on hand!
Lemon Pepper Roast Chicken 8 of 12
Recipe and Photo by The Little Kitchen!
You should know by now just how much your slow cooker can help you in the kitchen. You can even use it to roast a whole chicken! Forget about those rotisserie chickens in the grocery. Make your own Lemon Pepper Roast Chicken in your new favorite appliance!
Vanilla Spice Oatmeal 9 of 12
Recipe and Photo by Baked Bree!
Start your day off right by topping this creamy Vanilla Spiced Oatmeal with fresh berries for a nutrient rich breakfast that will soon become a family favorite!
Pulled Pork Sandwiches 10 of 12
Recipe and Photo by Daisy At Home!
Slow cooked Pulled Pork Sandwiches with homemade barbeque sauce? Yes please! Make sure to use organic, all natural ketchup so you know you're getting the good stuff!
Veggie Lasagna 11 of 12
This Veggie Lasagna is one of my biggest recent crock pot success stories and it only took me a few minutes to put the whole thing together. No sautÃ©ing or stove-watching required. Just chop your veggies, mix the cheeses and layer everything into the pot. By the time you get home from picking up the kids at school and an afternoon of errands, this delicious dinner will be waiting for you — just take the lid off and serve.
Coconut Rice Pudding 12 of 12
Recipe and Photo by With Style Grace!
Your slow cooker can help you with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert! Yes, dessert. You better make sure to have your whole team ready to help you enjoy this creamy Coconut Rice Pudding, because the risk of polishing off the entire batch in one sitting on your own is way too high!