For a simple way to make a warm meal, why not use your Crock-Pot? These slow cooker recipes are packed with flavor but short on prep time. Put the ingredients in the vat first thing in the morning – and, by the time the kids get out of school, your dinnertime meal is done!
All-Day Brisket with Potatoes
Boost the flavor of the meat in this recipe for all-day brisket with potatoes from Taste of Home by quickly cooking it in a skillet at high heat. Braising the meat before you put it in the Crock-Pot adds richness to the final dish. Of course, the Dijon mustard, soy sauce, molasses and paprika in the sauce help, too!
Jimmy Fallon’s Crock-Pot Chili
Comedian Jimmy Fallon shared this recipe for Crock-Pot chili with Martha Stewart. You can make a pot of it for yourself to enjoy while staying up late to watch his show. Who knew Fallon enjoyed cooking?
Crock-Pot Italian Chicken
There are only four ingredients in this easy Crock-Pot Italian chicken recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything. She uses a mix of Italian seasoning along with cream of chicken soup and cream cheese for a soothing dish that’s served over pasta or noodles.
Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Looking to feed a crowd? My Baking Addiction shares this recipe for pulled pork sandwiches that will feed a small army – or leave you with plenty of leftovers for dinner another day or to pack in school lunches. The secret to the succulent pork? Placing it in the Crock-Pot atop a pile of onions.
Slow Cooker Lasagna
Yes: You can make and bake lasagna without ever turning on the oven! With this clever slow-cooker lasagna recipe from Betty Crocker, you don’t even have to precook the noodles—although you will need one extra pan to saute the sausage before putting it in with the rest of the ingredients. Delicioso!
Shiitake & Noodle Hot & Sour Soup
For the adventurous eaters at your house, this shiitake-and-noodle hot and sour soup from Eating Well is sure to please. The recipe will warm up your taste buds with a kick of chili-garlic sauce. Note: This authentic Asian soup goes well with a simple stir-fry.
Chocolate Bread Pudding
Crock-Pots aren’t just for dinner! This decadent recipe for chocolate bread pudding from Better Homes & Gardens makes for the perfect dessert. Packed with chocolate that melds into the bread cubes during the cook time, this pudding is best served topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Mmm.