10 cozy slow cooker recipes to make dinnertime a breeze

It’s official. Fall is here. It seems like just yesterday we were traipsing around in shorts and flip-flops and grilling in the backyard. However, the temps have plummeted and gone are the days of eating al fresco on the patio. If you’re anything like us, the Crock-Pot is in full swing for the dinnertime shift thanks to these slow cooker recipes.

Lo Mein

Skip the delivery! Instead, try this protein and veggie-packed takeout favorite for a healthy dinnertime meal that is easy to make right in your slow cooker. If pork isn’t your thing, you can easily substitute beef or chicken.

Get the recipe at Damn Delicious.

Smoked Sausage, Kale and Potato Soup

This slow cooker soup is like a warm hug in a bowl. The savory sausage, the creamy potatoes and slightly salty broth make for a delicious soup. Serve it with warm rolls and you’re sure to get some smiles at dinnertime.

Get the recipe at Diethood.

Chicken Parmesan and Lasagna Casserole

It’s two of your Italian favorites in one: chicken parm and lasagna. Imagine tender and moist bites of chicken nestled inside a cheesy and melty pasta casserole. Mangia!

Get the recipe at 365 Days of Slow Cooking and Pressure Cooking.

Chicken Burrito Bowls

Chipotle, who? That’s right. Get your copycat burrito bowls right at home. Create your own toppings bar – melty queso or shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, peppers … the options are endless. And, no, the guac isn’t extra here.

Get the recipe at The Cookful.

Pumpkin Pecan Pudding Cake

No cozy evening is complete without a delicious dessert. This ooey-gooey pumpkin pecan pudding cake is super easy to whip up and the entire cake cooks up in the Crock-Pot in just under two hours. Underneath a layer of brown sugary goodness is a molten lava center. Dig in!

Get the recipe at Life Made Sweeter.

Four Cheese Macaroni

Yes, mac and cheese is an easy recipe to make on the fly, but can you imagine how creamy and rich it can taste after being in the slow cooker? Tip: Pour the macaroni in an oven-safe dish, top with bread crumbs and parmesan cheese, and put it under the broiler for a couple of minutes. You’ll thank us later. 

Get the recipe at Creme de la Crumb.

Turkey Chili

Fall isn’t complete without a cup of chili. Luckily, this chili recipe is super easy to whip up on a chilly fall day. Pair it with some warm cornbread and this will be a new family favorite.

Get the recipe at The Diary of a Real Housewife.

Coconut Chicken Curry

All of your favorite flavors of coconut chicken curry can be found in this slow cooker recipe. Don’t forget to serve it over some plain white rice to complete the meal. 

Get the recipe at Together as Family.

Apple Crisp

If you went apple picking this fall, then use your fresh apples for this yummy dessert. You’ll be obsessed as soon as you take a bite of the soft apple slices mixed in a sweet, spiced caramel sauce.

Get the recipe at Kristine’s Kitchen.

BBQ Chicken Quinoa Casserole

Looking for a healthier family dinner? This BBQ chicken quinoa casserole comes with some great healthy ingredients, but it’s still picked with flavor. 

Get the recipe at Food Faith Fitness.


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This article originally published on Oct. 22, 2018. It has been updated with the most recent information.

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