10 Hearty Weekday-Friendly Slow Cooker Recipes

10 Hearty Weekday-Friendly Slow Cooker Recipes

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Kelli Foster
Aug 28, 2017
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I think we can all agree that no matter how you slice it, Mondays are tough. That's why earlier this year I followed Associate Editor Meghan's lead for reserving Monday night for slow cooker dinners. You guys, it's a game-changer! Having a night of nearly hands-off cooking helps me ease back into the week. Whether I want a recipe that leaves me with heaps of leftovers or I'm craving comfort food or something on the healthier side, there's a recipe that fits the bill. Here are 10 of my favorite Monday night slow cooker recipes.

1. Creamy Slow Cooker Peanut Chicken and Broccoli

This is a Monday favorite that makes it into my meal plan on a regular basis. It helps me use up some chicken thighs that I almost always have on hand, and who can resist starting the week with peanut sauce?

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2. Slow Cooker Curried Vegetable and Chickpea Stew

There's something that always feels really good about starting the week with a veggie-filled dinner (with lunches to follow; this recipe makes a lot). This stew is super versatile, so if you're missing an ingredient or want to make a substitution, make it anyway. I love swapping sweet potatoes for white potatoes.

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3. How To Make Easy Shredded Chicken in the Slow Cooker

Throw a few chicken breasts in the slow cooker and a few hours later you've got super-juicy shredded chicken. This is always a good pick for Monday because when you toss in a few extra pieces of chicken, there's enough for a couple dinners or a few days of lunch.

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4. How To Make Sloppy Joes in the Slow Cooker

My husband is always thrilled when sloppy Joes hit our meal plan. These sandwiches are comforting and nostalgic, but best of all I love that I can toss everything in the slow cooker and walk away until it's ready.

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5. How To Cook a Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker

Roast chicken on a Monday night feels like something of a treat, and I'm definitely into it. This approach does take longer than using the oven, but you are rewarded with the juiciest, more tender chicken.

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6. 10-Hour Slow Cooker Chana Masala

This recipe calls for a little bit of upfront work, which is potentially a tough ask for Monday morning, but the result is so well worth it. With a cook time of 10 hours on low, dinner cooks while I work and is ready when I get home.

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7. Slow Cooker Coconut and Green Curry Pork

Put in about 15 minutes of upfront work, then your slow cooker does all the heavy lifting, leaving you with a fragrant green coconut curry sauce and pork so tender it falls apart with the touch of your fork.

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8. Slow Cooker Vegan Lentil Chili

When I want a meatless meal that will bless me with plenty of leftovers for lunch, this ultra-hearty chili delivers every single time. The lentils and beans add a meatiness that make it really satisfying.

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9. Vegan Slow-Cooker Chickpea Tikka Masala

This dinner helps me hit two birds with one stone: a wholesome dinner for Meatless Monday and a meal that is total comfort food. This version of tikka masala skips the meat and cream, but I assure you that it hardly skimps on flavor.

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10. Slow Cooker Dal

The only thing I love more than tucking into a plate of fragrant spiced dal and basmati rice for my Monday night dinner is topping the leftovers with a fried egg for breakfast or lunch the next day.

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