It’s that time of the year, when no matter how hard you try, you’re never caught up. Having some simple slow cooker recipes is a must, and today I bring you several of them to try. Who doesn’t love dinner that literally cooks itself?
Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook: 1400 Best Slow Cooker Recipes! There was a time when I didn’t understand people’s love of crockpots (just another name for slow cookers). I was a lot younger and had more time. And it seemed to me waiting several hours for my soup, when I could have it in an hour, was a waste of time.
Now, I learned that you can do so much more with a slow cooker.
For example, I LOVE making my oatmeal in the slow cooker and have it waiting for me in the morning. This gets my day started right: no rush, no worries, and waking up to the aroma of cinnamon (or other spices you love) in the morning is priceless.
Simple Slow Cooker Recipes
Here are some of my favorite slow cooker recipes that are simple to make. Make sure to use some of the veggies you harvested and put away from your garden.
1. Slow cooker Greek chicken pita pockets
I love Greek food, and this recipe won’t disappoint. Easy to make for a quick bite on the run, or for lunch at work, and even for dinner.
1 medium onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat
1½ teaspoons lemon pepper
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
4 pita pocket breads
½ cup plain yogurt
1 tomato, sliced
½ cup chopped cucumber
1 medium red bell pepper, sliced in thin strips
1. In slow-cooker, combine onion, garlic, chicken, lemon pepper, oregano, and allspice; mix to coat chicken with seasoning.
2. Cover and cook on LOW for 4–6 hours.
3. Heat pita bread as directed on package. Meanwhile, remove chicken from slow cooker; place on cutting board. Using two forks, shred chicken.
4. To serve, stir yogurt into onion mixture in slow-cooker. Spoon chicken onto warm pita bread. With a slotted spoon, transfer the onion mixture onto the chicken; top with tomato, cucumber, and red pepper strips.
2. Moroccan Coconut & Chick Pea Soup
Set this up before you go to work in the morning and come home to a delicious soup ready to eat. I love to add a spoon of sour cream: YUM!
3 cups light tasting vegetable broth
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 large yam or sweet potato, peeled, diced
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded, cored, diced
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, diced
1/2 cup chopped roasted green chiles- mild or hot, to taste
1 14-oz. can Muir Glen Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
1 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed, drained
1 14-oz. can coconut milk
1 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon Thai Kitchen curry paste (red or green), or to taste
Pinch cinnamon and cumin
Sea salt and pepper, to taste
3. Yummy crockpot baked potato soup
Baked potato soup: what a delicious way to eat potatoes! Add a few fixings and you got yourself the perfect comfort food ;)5 pounds russet potatoes, washed and peeled. Diced into ½ inch cubes
- 1 small/medium yellow onion, diced
- 5 cloves of garlic, minced (if you use jarred, it’s a 2½ teaspoon equivalent. Or more if you choose)
- 64 ounces (8 cups) chicken stock or broth
- 16 oz cream cheese, softened (I use low fat)
- 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
- Top with optional garnishes: crumbled turkey bacon, shredded cheese, green onions
4. Crockpot chicken and noodles
YUMMY! Kids will be all over this one! Creamy and delicious, it’ll be gone in no time.
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used frozen)
- 2 cans cream of chicken soup
- 1 stick of butter
- 2 15 oz cans chicken broth
- 24 oz. frozen egg noodles
- Cook chicken, soup, butter, and broth in crock-pot on low for 6-7 hours.
- Take chicken out and shred.
- Put chicken back in; add noodles and cook on low for 2 hours. Stir a few times while cooking.
It’s that easy!!
I hope I inspired you to get your slow cooker out and try some of these delicious meals for your family. They’ll get the nourishment they need, and you’ll get a bit of extra time for yourself 😉
If you like Asian cuisine, you’ll fall in love with this recipe. I’m hungry just looking at it. The combination of honey, blackberry jam, garlic, and a few other seasonings gives it a taste like no other.
With only 3 ingredients, this is a no-brainer. You can use it in a pita sandwich, with chips, in a salad, etc. Have fun with it. And if you like it spicy, add so kick to it with a bit of cayenne pepper or your favorite hot pepper.
This delicious, healthy slow cooker Mexican shredded chicken recipe is as easy as it is versatile. Flavor-packed, this chicken is perfect for burrito bowls, lettuce wraps, or over a bed of flavorful cilantro-lime rice. Oh, so delicious!
A family favorite, this crock pot ravioli casserole is a must-have in your rotation. It’s the kind of entree that leaves your palate asking for more 😉
Adriana Copaceanu is a passionate nature lover living in the country on her dream property where she grows vegetables, lavender, and wildflowers that she shares with the wildlife they attract. When she's not in the garden, she loves spending time with her chickens and planning her next nature project.