Slow Cooker Recipes – Best Meals for Busy Weeknights

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 rely on our slow cookers to help us out.

These comforting recipes take just a little bit of prep work in the morning or the night before, and then the slow cooker does the heavy lifting. Your future self will thank you.

Meaty Meals That Cook All Day

Tough cuts of beef and pork, meatballs, and even some chicken recipes really benefit from a low, slow simmer all day in the slow cooker. You’ll need to do a little upfront prep, then the slow cooker manages the rest while you’re at work.

Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Meals

Some foods, like chicken breast, only need a few hours in the slow cooker. It can be tricky to pull these off during the week, but since they can be made in advance, I cook these dinners during my Sunday meal prep instead. Then all that’s left to do is reheat dinner after I get home.

All-Day Slow Cooker Soups

When you need a comforting recipe that can cook all day long in the slow cooker, soup is always a great place to start.

Slow Cooker Stews and Chili

Get a batch of stew or chili going in the slow cooker first thing in the morning, and not only does it mean you’ll come home to dinner, but also the house will smell amazing when you open the door.

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