Wednesday, 21 January 2015

12 slow cooked meal ideas

In my attempt to simplify as much as I can as I return to work full-time this year, I have lifted the slow cooker back out of the cupboard and I've been trialling different meals in it. We are not a stew or casserole loving family and so I had to ensure that I found meals that we would all enjoy. I looked for meals that only had a few ingredients in them (for easy preparation) as well as a longer cooking time. Not all of these recipes are written as gluten free friendly recipes, but I adapt them as I go and everything has been working perfectly.

Each night I prepare the meal for the next night - cutting up vegetables, marinading meats, and mixing spices if needed. I place the meat, marinade and spices ready to go in a Tupperware marinading dish in the fridge. In the morning, just as we are about to head out, I lift it out of the fridge, place the ingredients into the slow cooker and turn it on low. When I get home in the afternoons I put our sweet potato/normal potatoes into the Thermomix to make mash and I steam any of the vegetables we will be having with our dinner. Neither the mash or the vegetables require much work because they have been pre chopped the night before. I plan on using the time that it takes for the mash and vegetables to cook to unpack school bags and get a start on homework. We have dinner at 5pm here so it is a fairly early dinner.

One thing that I haven't been doing is cooking our vegetables in the slow cooker - I'm not a big fan, but that could change? I don't know.

Today I thought I'd share some of the recipes we have tried over the past fortnight. Click on the link and it will take you to the recipes.

Whole Chicken with vegetables
Easy slow cooker ribs
Baked potatoes
Crock pot chicken marsala
Finger Licken Chicken
Best Roast Pork ever
Easy Peasy Lamb Chops
Slow cooked creamy garlic king prawns

The next four are on the menu this week but we haven't tried them yet - I'll let you know what I think once we've eaten them.

Lamb shanks
Sausages with tomato
Spaghetti bolognaise
Chicken Enchiladas

And that's the start to our slow cooker meal list. I'd like to get a list of 30 slow cooker meals, so if you have tried and tested recipes I'd love to add them - just share your favourite recipes in the comment section below.

If you would like more information on how much electricity a slow cooker uses have a look at this post that I wrote in 2012. That sounds like a long time ago, doesn't it!?


  1. I've just found your blog! This is one of my family's favourites. Add everything except the sour cream and parsley. Before serving, thicken a little, then add the sour cream and parsley. Great with rice, pasta, potato or veg.

  2. Leanne, check out some of the Slow cooker groups on FB. There are some amazingly talented people posting recipes which would be perfect for your family: everything from focaccia breads, to donner kebab meat, and desserts!

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