18 easy slow cooker recipes

Low and slow is the name of the game. With the help of the slow cooker, dinnertime doesn't have to be a challenge. Prep, set and enjoy.

By Today's Parent
18 easy slow cooker recipes

Photo: Erik Putz

Easy slow cooker recipes

Slow Cooker Split Pea and Ham Soup

Slow and steady wins the race with this hearty soup. 15 minutes of prep is all that's required of you. The reward is a bounty of freezer meals your future self will thank you for. Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Split Pea and Ham Soup


Bowl of soup with large chunks of veggies and hamPhoto: Erik Putz

Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Crunch French Toast

A decadent French toast breakfast that's basically effortless? This slow-cooker recipe is your new best friend. Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Crunch French Toast


plate of French toast with fresh fruitPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Saucy Short Ribs

Serve these saucy ribs over egg noodles and pair with your family’s favourite veggies for a simple and satisfying dinner. Get the recipe: Saucy Short Ribs


18 easy slow cooker recipes

Chana Masala

Don’t fuss with takeout, restaurant-worthy Indian food is within your grasp thanks to this oh-so-easy dish. Omit the jalapeno if your family likes things on the tamer side. Get the recipe: Chana Masala

plate of chickpea chana masala with naanPhoto: Erik Putz

Maple Bacon French Toast

French toast in the slow cooker? Yes you can. This recipe is perfect for setting up the night before, so you can wake up to a lazy weekend breakfast of the best kind of carbs. Get the recipe: Maple Bacon French Toast

plate of French toast with baconPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Hamburger Soup

Come home to a bowl of comfort in the form of barley, chunky veggies and lean ground beef in a tomato-y broth. Bonus: This soup freezes like a dream. Get the recipe: Hamburger Soup

bowl of beef soup with veggiesPhoto: Erik Putz

Pineapple Chicken

This sweet, sticky dish is great over rice. If you’re worried about chicken breasts getting dry, sub for juicy chicken thighs. Get the recipe: Pineapple Chicken

chicken with rice and veggiesPhoto: Erik Putz

Red-Cooked Pork Sandwiches

This tender pork dish is delicious over noodles (use some cooking liquid in the sauce). The cooking liquid can even be defatted, frozen and reused to braise pork another day—it only gets richer with use. Get the recipe: Red-Cooked Pork Sandwiches 

bun with shredded pork, green onion and red saucePhoto: Andrew Grinton


Herb and Spice Chicken withPpotatoes and Carrots

Make your main dish and two side dishes in one fell swoop. Get the recipe: Herb and Spice Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots

plate with chicken legs and potatoes and carrotsPhoto: Maya Visnyei

Almond and Cherry Granola

Forgo baking sheets in favour of your slow cooker. Here’s a handy tip: Granola will toast a little faster if you push it up agianst the side of the slow cooker, leaving a well in the middle. Get the recipe: Almond and Cherry Granola

bowl of granola and milkPhoto: Erik Putz

Ravioli Lasagna

Try a new spin on the classic Italian dish. The slow cooker does all the work for this simple ravioli. Get the recipe: Ravioli Lasagna

bowl of ravioli with cheese and tomatoesPhoto: Maya Visnyei


Cheeseburger Meatloaf

Nope, not a mistake, this cheeseburger meatloaf is made in the trusty slow cooker. Eat it between two slices of bread for an old school meatloaf sandwich. Get the recipe: Cheeseburger Meatloaf

plate of meatloaf with broccoli saladPhoto: Maya Visnyei

Saucy Pulled Pork

Slider buns are easier for small hands to hold. But this saucy standard tastes just as dandy by the forkful. Get the recipe: Saucy Pulled Pork

18 easy slow cooker recipesPhoto: Maya Visnyei

Slow Cooker Braised Brisket

Brisket is a humble cut of beef—inexpensive and easy to prep. All it asks for in return is a little time. Braised over hours, brisket comes out succulent and tender. Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Braised Brisket

Saucy braised beef and pickles on a sesame seed bunPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Overnight Barley Porridge

Oatmeal isn’t the only grain that makes for great porridge. Barley is a slightly chewy and nutty-tasting option, chock full of fibre. Get the recipe: Overnight Barley Porridge

bowl of porridge with berries on topPhoto: Maya Visnyea

Comforting Chicken Congee

Congee is a savoury rice porridge traditional to many Asian cultures and is often served for breakfast. Think of it as something like a soupy risotto—very tasty and easy to eat. Get the recipe: Comforting Chicken Congee

three mugs of thick soup with mushroom and chicken on topPhoto: Andrew Grinton

Slow Cooker Ribs

Use your favourite barbecue sauce to create the final glaze on these easy ribs. Forget going out to eat, the best BBQ in town is in your slow cooker. Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Ribs

slow cooker ribs recipe and salad on a platePhoto: Maya Visnyei


Hearty Vegetarian Chili

This chili is a great way to eat your veggies. It’s loaded with flavour and fun to top with chopped avocado and shredded cheese. Get the recipe: Hearty Vegetarian Chili

18 easy slow cooker recipesPhoto: Maya Visnyei

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This article was originally published on Sep 07, 2018

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