We can think of few things better than walking through the door after a long day and knowing that a home-cooked meal awaits us. And since we don’t have our own personal live-in chefs, we’ll have to rely on our slow cookers to help us out.
1. Slow-cooked Brisket and Onions
This recipe is one of the examples of where the slow cooker really shines. How else could you serve brisket on a weeknight without your trusty slow cooker? Fix this for dinner and your family or dinner guests will thank you.
2. Slow cooker Curried Vegetable and Chickpea Stew
Made with coconut milk, this spicy stew is actually vegan. But the flavors are so bold and delicious that even the staunchest carnivores will line up for seconds.
3. Slow cooker Peppered Beef Shank in Red Wine
You’d never guess this meal came from a slow cooker by looking at it. That’s what makes it the perfect meal for a weeknight dinner party.
4. Slow cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls
This is the best kind of slow-cooker recipe. Not only is the cooking time hands-off, but the prep time is minimal as well. Oh, and the end result gets covered in cheese. Perfect.
5. Slow cooker Boeuf Bourguignon
This is more than just beef stew. The French classic is worth all the hype. And making it in the slow cooker makes it even more appealing for all the time you’ll save.
6. Slow-cooked French Onion Soup
You read that right. You can cook French onion soup using a slow-cooker. This kitchen appliance works wonders!
7. Slow cooker Hearty Chicken Minestrone
The key to making this minestrone is making the chicken stock in your slow cooker, and then adding the vegetables and pasta toward the end. It might seem strange to assemble the full soup at the end, but the stock is what makes this recipe a keeper.
8. Slow-cooked Pork Chops
Keep your pork chops juicy by giving them a dunk in brine for an extra flavor that also keeps them from drying out.
9. Slow cooker Tuna Noodle Casserole
Don’t relegate tuna noodle casserole to the kids’ table — or the oven. This grown-up version is sophisticated enough for adults, and will surely trigger plenty of nostalgia.
10. Slow cooker Cheesy Baked Spinach and Mozzarella Rigatoni
This is basically a baked pasta casserole, but minus the baking. It’s the easiest dinner to throw together in the morning and return to at the end of the workday. Now all you have to do for meal prep is assemble a salad and open a bottle of red wine.