SLOW COOKER MEAL PLAN FOR AN ENTIRE MONTH!
School is back in session, and apparently your kids still want to eat. It’s the worst. With everything that’s going on, some nights it’s hard to find the energy and motivation to fix dinner. Trust me, you’re not alone.
Make it easy on yourself and use your slow cooker. Better yet, use this slow cooker meal plan to schedule out a month of meals that are easy to make and help you get dinner on the table without adding extra stress to your life and schedule.
I’ve given each day of the week a theme. For example:
- Sunday = Comfort Foods
- Monday = Meatless
- Tuesday = Taco Night
- Wednesday = Salads or Sandwiches
- Thursday = Soup Night
- Friday = Pasta Night
- Saturday = Asian Night
Here is an example of what your month might look like (to print: right click on the image and press Copy Image… Then paste it into a word document and print):
Obviously, you may want to switch things up a bit…add in a leftovers night, or even go out to eat. This just gives you a sample of what your month may look like. (If you want you can look through other slow cooker recipes here.)
Your slow cooker can simplify more than just dinner time. With everything from baking bread to making play doh, these 18 Slow Cooker Hacks to Simplify Your Life will deliver every time.
Comfort Food Night
Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken and Peppers with Orzo
You don't see a lot of dishes that use orzo, but I'm a fan! It is shaped like rice, but absorbs sauces and flavors the same way a pasta does. This yummy dish is full of flavor you'll love.
Slow Cooker Porcupine Meatballs
If you've never heard of porcupine meatballs, you're not alone, but you're definitely missing out. These tasty meatballs have rice cooked into them. They are easy, filling, and delicious!
Slow Cooker Beef and Mushrooms
The secret ingredient in these Slow Cooker Beef and Mushrooms will make your meat tender enough to cut with a fork.
Slow Cooker Honey Dijon Chicken and Mushrooms
If you're a fan of mushrooms, you've got to try this Honey Dijon Chicken and Mushroom recipe. Not only do you get the earthy taste of mushrooms, but the mustard gives it a unique and tangy flavor.
Slow Cooker Perfect Turkey Breast
Nobody wants to eat dry turkey. There's a secret to getting a perfectly moist turkey breast, and this recipe teaches you how.
Looking for more? Nothing says "comfort food" like mac and cheese, and this slow cooker mac'n'cheese would make a great addition to the meal schedule.
Slow Cooker Mexican Quinoa and Black Beans
Who says quinoa is boring? You won't even miss the meat in this healthy take on traditional rice and beans.
Slow Cooker Vegan Fiesta Baked Beans
You can use these baked beans as a main dish one night, and use the leftovers as a side dish another night or for another meal.
Slow Cooker Mexican Tortilla Pie
If a bean burrito, an enchilada, and a 7 layer dip had a baby, it would look and taste like this Mexican Tortilla Pie.
Slow Cooker Vegetable Lasagna
All the vegetables in this lasagna give it so much flavor, you won't even remember that it's meatless.
Slow Cooker Rice Lasagna
Because this lasagna recipe uses rice instead of pasta, it's not just meatless, it's gluten free too!
Slow Cooker Spicy Beef Taco Filling
Taco night has never been this easy. Take a couple of minutes to throw the ingredients into your slow cooker and walk away. When you come back, you'll have tasty beef taco filling you can use in tacos, burritos, nachos, or any other Mexican feast.
Slow Cooker Beef Gyros (Greek Tacos)
Even the Greeks love taco night. Sure, their tacos are called gyros, but you won't be able to resist this tender beef in a warm pita.
5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
Everyone can top their chicken taco however they want, which is why this is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
Slow Cooker Tomatillo Beef Tacos
Taco night take...2? 3? 4? You'll wish every night was taco night when you switch it up with these tomatillo beef tacos.
Slow Cooker Cuban Pork Tacos
This is another fun take on taco night, but with these Cuban Pork Tacos, you can make the entire meal in the slow cooker.
Slow Cooker Cobb Salad
When it's time to lighten things up a bit, you'll love this salad. Cooking the chicken is the most time consuming part, but with the slow cooker, it's a cinch.
Slow Cooker Southwestern Pork Sliders
You cook the pork and beans at the same time for these Southwestern Pork Sliders. It's one step with mouthwatering results.
Slow Cooker Beef Enchilada Salad
This is one salad that has something for everyone. Fresh veggies, tortilla chips, and beef chuck roast make it a filling dinner option.
Ground Turkey Taco Salad
You may never brown meat on the stovetop again. While this Ground Turkey Taco Salad has fewer calories than its beef counterpart, it has just as much flavor.
Chicken Caesar Sandwiches
Using two types of chicken is the secret to this juicy summer sandwich.
Slow Cooker Wheat Chili
You won't find any beans in this chili. Instead, the recipe calls for uncooked wheat. Throw the ingredients in in the morning and let this one cook all day. At dinner time, you'll have a tasty meal for a crowd.
Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
Another great orzo recipe! The lemon is the unique ingredient in this Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup. It gives it a refreshing and light taste that you don't normally get in a soup.
Slow Cooker Turkey and Black Bean Chili
Turkey and Black Bean Chili is a healthier take on a traditional favorite. You can even switch the black beans out for refried beans if you want an even creamier option. If you feel like being a dinner superstar, take 15 minutes to prep this Homemade Sweet Cornbread to serve as a side dish.
Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Pasta Soup
The addition of pasta and croutons to this tomato soup take it to the next level and set it apart from other tomato soups.
Here is another recipe for slow cooker tomato basil parmesan soup that is a definite winner thanks to its simple hack.
Slow Cooker Pasta E Fagioli Soup
If you love the Pasta E Fagioli Soup from Olive Garden, then you'll love this make-at-home copycat. The best part is you don't even have to leave your house to enjoy it. If you want the full experience, you can make these Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks too. Unfortunately they aren't bottomless though.
Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna Casserole
Making lasagna can be labor intensive, but Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna Casserole has all the flavor and goodness of lasagna, without the effort. Win. Win.
Slow Cooker Turkey Quinoa Meatballs
Have you ever added quinoa to your meatballs? It may sound strange, but adding the grain gives these Turkey Quinoa Meatballs some extra substance and flavor.
Slow Cooker Un-Stuffed Mexican Shells
If you've ever made stuffed shells, you know how much work they are. These Un-Stuffed Mexican Shells have all of the flavor without all the hassle.
Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce
The beauty of this hearty bolognese sauce is that you can put it on the pasta of your choice. You can even throw all of the ingredients into a Ziploc bag, freeze it, and throw it in the slow cooker when you're ready.
Slow Cooker Creamy Basil Chicken and Tortellini
Pasta...good. Chicken...good. Cheese...good. Creamy Basil Chicken Tortellini that you make in the slow cooker and the whole family will eat...amazing!
Slow Cooker Chicken Massaman Curry
When you know you won't have time to make dinner, take a few minutes in the morning to get this Chicken Massaman Curry into the Crockpot. You'll be glad you did when everyone devours it and you didn't break a sweat.
Easy Slow Cooker Korean Beef
Five minutes is all it takes to get this Easy Slow Cooker Korean Beef going. At dinner time all you have to do is make some rice and you're good to go.
Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken
It's easy. It's sweet. It's savory. It has a nice little crunch. Best of all, this Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken is delicious.
Hoisin Shredded Pork Sliders
If you feel like you're in a dinner rut, try these Hoisin Shredded Pork Sliders. The Hoisin sauce is a nice break from bbq sauce and serving it on a roll makes it fun for everyone.
Slow Cooker 5-Minute Prep Asian Chicken
Odds are you already have all the ingredients on hand to make this Asian Chicken. It's way better than take out, and doesn't require much more effort than ordering from your favorite restaurant.
If you've enjoyed these recipes and want to try more, here are a dozen more Asian recipes you may want to work into your rotation.
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