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12 Easy Recipes You Can Make in a Slow Cooker – Pinch of Yum

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Temperatures are dropping, days are getting shorter, and we’re hungry for all things cozy and warm, pretty sure it’s all just a scheme of the universe for us to bring out our slow cookers.

So today we’re going to dust off the slow cookers, cut whatever you want to call them and magically make us something delicious (and easy, always, always easy) for dinner. Magic + delicious + easy: this is how we move around here.

Let’s address this right away: there is absolutely a certain amount of food fantasy in the cooking world related to the use of slow cooker. Like, there are people in the world who are above him. 😭 I know, right? Does the slow cooker have a certain scruffy Midwestern vibe? Maybe a little. Maybe a lot. But does it make amazing meals that basically cook themselves? I repeat: AMAZING MEALS THAT COOK THEMSELVES? We are talking about a magic that changes life and saves time.

If you’re looking for a really good slow cooker, check out this one. It’s our tried and true favorite around here. However, really any brand will. Just get to make these crumbling, faint, cooked meals for yourself.

It’s slow cooking season, folks

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Why it’s great for slow cooker: The chicken is crushed so easily in the cooker, and the long cooking time allows all the flavors to blend into a really delicious flavor combo. Sausage also gives it a plentiful boost. YUM. It’s good!

2: Braised beef ragout

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Why it’s great for slow cooker: At the risk of sounding like a Midwestern slow-cooker, this is a classic “overturn and forget it” recipe. Slow cook meat is always incredibly moist and tender, and this did not disappoint. You should first seal the outside of the meat for best results, but if it’s Monday morning and you’re walking out the door, no. It’s not happening. This is an indulgent recipe that can work either way. It is really convenient and delicious with polenta or mashed potatoes or pasta.

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3: Skinny vegetarian lasagna

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Why it’s great for slow cooker: That’s right . Dough. In the cooking pot. It’s happening. So quick to put all the ingredients together, and then you can leave it all day until dinner. The easiest recipe on the list, for sure! (And a personal favorite of mine thanks to all those veggies and cheese!)

4: Carnitas

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Why it’s great for slow cooker: This is an option for me when we are entertained because I can leave it cooking all day and then put it in the oven at the end to brown it, just as our friends walk in the door. Also: due to the slow and long cooking time, the meat becomes very tender and tasty, and it is very easy to crush directly into the pot once it is cooked.

5: Whole

roast chicken

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Why it’s great for slow cooker: Maybe I’m starting to sound like a broken record here, but it’s easy! In addition, the chicken becomes very moist and tender from all the liquids that remain in the cooking pot. It will create some broth right in the cooking pot. Keep the vegetables, broth and some of the meat in the cooking pot and you will have your base for chicken noodle soup, just add the noodles! If you prefer to get a crispy skin at the end, you just need to put the chicken under the grill for a moment.

6: Granola

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Why it’s ideal for slow cooker: It’s a good alternative to making granola in the oven, especially if you don’t have access to an oven or just don’t want to use the oven and heat the kitchen (I’m looking at you, California). It will produce a different (but still delicious) type of granola, one with fewer bunches and a softer texture.

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7: Texas Chili Con Carne

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ideal for slow cooker

: This chili recipe is perfect for slow cooker because the meat becomes very tender and tasty during the long Cooking time. My friend Ang introduced us to this recipe and it’s been a favorite in our little circle of friends ever since: it’s a great kind of food to have people on top and put chili on anything.

8: The easiest garlic mashed

potatoes

Mashed potatoes in a slow cooker.

Why it’s ideal for slow cooker: This recipe=less practical time, and using the hand mixer saves a lot of time and energy in the maceration process. It’s not the same perfect fluffiness as rolling potatoes one at a time and crushing them by hand, but that’s how we have it every year on Thanksgiving with Bjork’s family and it’s really good.

9

: Peach shoemaker

Peach shoemaker in a slow cooker.

Why it’s great for slow cooker: This is a really easy recipe that produces delicious results! The peaches get some caramelization from the cooking pot (!!), and the topping is perfect. Talk great for when you have dinner guests – you can do it all ahead of time, but still serve a nice, warm shoemaker when it’s time for dinner.

10: Red Lentil Curry

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Why it’s great for slow cooker: First of all, because the red lentil curry has no meat and is AMAZING. Secondly, lentils are so perfect for the cooking pot because they get great texture and absorb all the flavors of the other ingredients during the long cooking time. Plus, easy!

11: Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

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Why it’s great for slow cooker: Let me start by saying that this one doesn’t seem like much, but it is EVERYTHING. The non-slow cooker version of this soup is what we make at Christmas, and the slow cooker version is for busy nights of the week throughout the winter. The chicken gets very tender and very easy to crush (saves time by boiling the chicken and then cutting it), wild rice can be cooked at its own super slow pace, and the creamy roux is added so that everything is delicious and velvety at the end.

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12: Pot Roast

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Why it’s ideal for slow cooker: The meat is kept tender and tasty, and the broth created in the cooking pot can be used to make a delicious homemade sauce. Sauce!!!

And that’s a wrap!

If you have other favorite slow cooker recipe ideas, leave them in the comments because we’re a champion slow cooking team together and every recipe counts!

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