We love our slow cooker meals and they are a huge help on busy nights. When I sit down to do our planning each month I have a few go-to slow cooker meals my family really enjoys. They are simple, no frills, kid-friendly crockpot ideas and easy prep for us during the busy work week.
If you have not invested in a good slow cooker, such as a Crockpot, this is where you will need to begin. Trust me, there is nothing worse than prepping a good meal only to have an old device over cook the food. Do you still have that old 1980’s one that was passed down to you for use in college? Spend the money and upgrade! (You can thank me later.) We use this one for most our Crockpot meals.
So you’re probably thinking “Lentils? Really?! ” I assure you we make this at least once a week. They are fast, you can serve them different ways and the kids love them. They are high in protein and iron, inexpensive and super easy to make. My youngest daughter and I both like them with a little mustard. Serve them over rice, with crackers or bread and you have a meal. We use the Nature’s Earthly Choice Lentil Trio. Buy them here!
16 oz lentils
8 Cups of Water
Salt,Pepper, Garlic to taste
Optional: Serve over rice or add a few teaspoons of yellow mustard.
Cook on high 4 hours or low for 6.
Vitamix Tomato Soup
We love our Vitamix and use it almost daily for our smoothies. Did you know it can also make soup? An easy and quick idea the kids are sure to love is tomato soup! Serve with grilled cheese or bread and you have happy kiddos!
8 Roma Tomatoes
Garlic to taste
Basil to Taste
2 Tlbs Olive Oil
1 Sweet Onion
Blend well and heat on low for 4 hours
**You can also heat on the stove 10-15 min and serve immediately**
This recipe is actually my grandmother’s soup. It is super easy, healthy and I grew up eating it several times a month. I am not a big fan of consuming a lot of canned items but occasionally it won’t hurt and I still try to buy organic.
2 Cans of tomato sauce
2 cups of water
1 can of green beans
1 can of corn
1 can of kidney beans
1 can of ranch beans
2 tbsp of chili powder
1 small white onion
1/2lb of ground beef
Salt, pepper, fresh garlic to taste
Brown onions and garlic add thawed ground beef and cook. Drain grease and add to all remaining ingredients to beef mixture in Crockpot. Cook on Low for 2-4 hours.
Chicken Noodle Soup
My recipe for chicken noodle soup has evolved over the years but I’ve mastered how to make it in a flash. If you have any leftover chicken or shredded chicken this is a great way to use it for another meal.
1lb of cooked chicken
5 cups of water
Green onion chopped and added to taste
Salt, pepper and garlic to taste
Thin egg noodles or angel hair pasta
Cook all ingredients except noodles in the Crockpot on low for 4 hrs. Remove leek.
30 min before serving, boil noodles separately, drain, rinse and add to soup.
Crockpot Mac & Cheese
Who doesn’t love mac and cheese?! It isn’t the most nutritious meal but its great comfort food and much better for you when it is made from real food ingredients. I’ve tried a variety of mac and cheese recipes and this recipe from Pip & Ebby is the best.
Life is busy enough and dinners are meant to be enjoyed not stressed over. Hopefully these recipes inspire you to share more meals as a family even on the busiest of schedules. Here is to more time together and less dishes!