27 Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes for Extra-Busy Weeks

updated Oct 11, 2019
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When busy weeks are on the horizon, the very best thing you can do for yourself is to work a slow cooker dinner or two into your meal plan. This lineup of weeknight favorites calls for minimal upfront prep in the morning or the night before, then leans hard on the slow cooker to do the heavy lifting. Your future self will thank you.

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.

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 or school.

Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Meals

Some foods, like chicken breasts, 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.

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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