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Slow Cooker Recipes for Your Busy Lifestyle

It’s no wonder why busy parents are fans of slow cookers. With minimal effort, quick prep time and very little to clean up, you can create meals the whole family will love!


  • Classic Chicken Soup

This recipe from Food Network is classic, simple, and delicious. Food Network’s website even categorizes their slow cooker recipes from easy to intermediate. Slow cooker chicken noodle soup is an easy, comforting meal for any situation.


  • Pizza Pasta

This might be even easier than ordering pizza for dinner- it’s definitely more fun! Get the kids involved with the toppings for this pasta pizza. It doesn’t have to be pretty, but it will taste good!


  • Gooey Macaroni and Cheese

Just as easy as instant mac n’ cheese, but much tastier! The great news is, you can make this slow cooker macaroni and cheese as cheesy as you want by adding more or less shredded cheese. No more mystery cheese powder!


  • Chicken Burrito Bowls

You can go the Tex-Mex route with these fun and easy burrito bowls. With simple ingredients like chicken, black beans, rice, and a few spices you can create a fun meal that is sure to be a hit with everyone. The contents of this “bowl” can also be wrapped up in a tortilla and eaten true burrito style. The possibilities are endless!


  • Chicken and Dumplings

Slow cookers make homemade comfort food easy! When the food tastes this good, no one will ever be able to guess how easy it was. Try out this chicken and dumplings recipe for a cozy dinner together with the whole family. Luckily, there are plenty of servings, because no one’s leaving the table without seconds.


  • Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal

This batch of overnight oatmeal can provide days of effortless breakfast. Everyone can top their bowl however they prefer, whether it’s with brown sugar, fruit, or nuts. Prepare the most important meal of the day the night before and wake up to perfectly cooked oatmeal!


  • Brownie Cake

Did you know that you can even make sweets in your slow cooker? These gooey brownies are a perfect sweet snack for when the sweet tooth strikes. Take a big scoop and serve with ice cream!


Slow cookers obviously aren’t as quick as fast food or microwaved meals – ‘slow’ is in the name! Just because it isn’t fast, however, doesn’t mean it isn’t easy. This crafty mom has some extra tips for cutting down tons of prep time with slow cooker meals and even shares some simple recipe ideas of her own! Break out the slow cooker, the possibilities are endless!

Photo Credit: By Yanping Soong from New York City, United States – Slow cooked stew tips, with daikon radish and browned onions, CC BY-SA 2.0,