Slow cooker recipes for dinner in a snap

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Slow cooker recipes for kids make dinner prep simple

Slow cooker recipes don’t have to be bland. As extracurricular activities start and dinner-prep time turns into driving time, these eleven slow cooker recipes for kids will find a place onto your weekly meal plans. With fresh ingredients and a little planning ahead, your slow cooker will help get a kid-friendly meal on the table no matter how busy your evening might seem. While you’re planning meals, check out these five fabulous freezer meals — easy and homemade is every mom’s favorite combination! Slow cooker recipes

Slow cooker comfort food

Macaroni and cheese is a perennial kid favorite, and the version found at Spicy Southern Kitchen adds a punch of flavor adults will love, too. The Slow Cooker Bacon Mac and Cheese is cheesy, delicious and comforting after a long, busy day. Breakfast for dinner is a quick way to put a healthy meal in front of your family, and making it in the slow cooker saves even more time. Your kids will love the Slow Cooker Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole from All Day I Dream About Food.

Super slow cooker soup recipes

If your family loves Mexican food, don’t miss the Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup from Your Cup of Cake. You can adjust spices and toppings to personalize this delicious recipe to your family’s tastes. Chili is a slow cooker favorite, but chili powder can often be too spicy for children’s tastes. The Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Soup from This Gal Cooks is a lot like chili, without the heat of chili powder, so it’s full of flavor instead of heat. Blue Crab Martini offers Fresh Tomato Soup in a Crock Pot, and it will make your kitchen smell amazing. Tomatoes are packed with antioxidants, and this soup is healthy as well as delicious. Try one of these ten — yes, ten! — amazing grilled cheese sandwich recipes to pair with the tomato soup. [scrollGallery ID=158]

Tried and true slow cooker favorites

Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken from The Magical Slow Cooker combines the sweetness of pineapple with just a bit of spiciness. You can serve alone or over rice for a complete meal. Using your slow cooker for sandwich fillings is a fantastic way to transition to fall dinners. The Slow Cooker French Dips from Dixie Chik Cooks are a rich, flavorful meal. Quinoa is a wonderful addition to any meal, with the protein-packed grain taking rice’s role in many recipes. The Slow Cooker Chicken, Broccoli, and Quinoa Casserole from A Zesty Bite is packed with nutrition and comfort flavors.

Add ethnic flavors to your slow cooker recipes

Tikka Masala is an Indian dish that tastes a little different depending on the cook. The Wanderlust Kitchen’s version uses fat-free yogurt to lighten up the recipe just a bit for an easy-prep and Healthy Slow Cooked Tikka Masala. Crock Pot Asian Chicken from Fit Foodie Finds is a tangy chicken recipe that provides a bunch of flavor in a simple recipe. The Stir Fried Sesame Pea Pods aren’t cooked in the crock pot, but they only take a few minutes and are the perfect way to add fresh vegetables to your meal. If taco night is a favorite in your home, add the Crock Pot Carnitas from Eat. Drink. Love. to your meal rotation. With minimal prep and maximum flavor, the carnitas can be used for tacos, nachos, or salads.

Kid-friendly slow cooker recipes

For even more ideas, follow these food bloggers on social media 1. Spicy Southern Kitchen 2. All Day I Dream About Food 3. Your Cup of Cake 4. This Gal Cooks 5. Blue Crab Martini 6. The Magical Slow Cooker 7. Dixie Chik Cooks 8. A Zesty Bite 9. The Wanderlust Kitchen 10. Fit Foodie Finds 11. Eat. Drink. Love. slow cooker meals for kids

Bonus tip for quick kids’ meals

One of the toughest parts about crafting a quick kids’ meal is getting it warm enough to eat without making it too hot for sensitive mouths. Slow cooker recipes are definitely warm when they come out of the pot, but even on the “warm” setting, kids might find the food too hot. Try the COOLIT bowl to make sure your pre-planned meal isn’t stalled while you’re waiting for your child’s serving to cool (The COOLIT, $10). Store the COOLIT bowl in the freezer, and the food will be ready to eat in less than a minute. Bonus for savvy moms: the bowl is BPA-free and phthalate-free.

Do you use your slow cooker for quick dinner prep?

Meet the Author | Angela Amman


Angela Amman is a short story and essay writer. Collecting her family's stories is a gift-in-progress for her daughter and son, and she blogs at Playing with Words, capturing the craziness and beauty that weave together to create something extraordinary. As the co-director of Listen To Your Mother Metro Detroit, Angela is thrilled to bring others' stories to the stage and to celebrate the magic of words, storytelling, and the courage to share that magic with an audience. When she should be sleeping, she works on her latest short story collection. Her writing has been featured on Mamalode, Peacock Journal, and Scary Mommy. Her personal essays and short stories have appeared in her collection, Nothing Goes Away, and various anthologies.

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  1. I love this post!! Great tips. Thank you, Angela. Bookmarking for meal planning next week 🙂

  2. This is a great list. I just recently made a Tex Mex soup, similar to the recipe featured in the article, but with chicken instead of beef. Still super tasty and for the most part easy to prepare!

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