Family slow cooker recipes

Make the most of cheaper cuts of meat and take the hassle out of cooking in the week with our easy slow cooker recipes. We even have pudding sorted.

A good slow cooker has so many benefits, but it can be a lifesaver for busy parents on a school night. As long as you plan ahead, dinner can be waiting for you when you get home, so you can spend time with the kids rather than slaving over a hot stove. On top of that, it can also be an economical way to cook for your brood. Cheaper cuts of meat benefit from long, slow cooking and it's always great for making thrifty one-pot meals.

Cheaper cuts

Three plates of chicken casserole

If the little ones in your family aren’t too adventurous when it comes to trying different types of meat, the recipes below make a brilliant and gentle introduction. Chicken thighs, beef brisket, pork shoulder and lamb neck all pack great flavour and slow cooking really extracts the maximum amount of it. Of course, you can also use less meat and bulk out your meals with vegetables.

Try making our hearty slow cooker chicken casserole for a low-fat yet satisfying family meal. This simple, crowd-pleasing dish requires just 10 mins prep time, then you leave the hard work to your slow cooker.

More slow cooker recipes with cheap cuts:

Slow cooker barbacoa beef
Slow cooker bone broth
Chicken, bacon & potato stew 
Thai beef curry 
Slow-cooked Irish stew
Braised pork with plums

Winning family dinners

Spaghetti with meatballs and sauce on a plate

Our slow cooker meatballs recipe is ideal for getting ahead as you should have plenty of leftover portions for storing in the freezer. It can cook on low for five hours without any interference, so it's great if you're out and about for the day. Also, the meatballs are made from turkey mince which is a lighter, healthy option and we've packed them with other flavours the kids will love.
 
If you're short on time before plating up, our slow cooker lasagne only requires three hours to cook. The result is a comforting family pasta dish with extra tender beef mince that is low-fat and low-calorie. For a lighter, meat-free alternative, our slow cooker vegetable lasagne is a great option and packs in all of your five-a-day.

For a comforting family treat, try making a creamy Thai chicken curry using our super easy recipe with only a few ingredients. Leave these to meld together for several hours, resulting in an aromatic and satisfying family supper. 

Watch this video on how to make our easiest ever slow cooker Thai chicken curry:

More family slow cooker dinners:

Slow cooker chicken
Slow cooker pork fillet with apples
Big-batch Bolognese
Roast chicken soup
Mexican chicken stew

Friday food

Vegetable curry with flatbreads on a plate

 

If you’re looking for a relaxed and easy Friday meal the whole family will love, then our fragrant slow cooker vegetable curry should do the trick. This comforting dish delivers a whole four of your five-a-day and the leftovers can be frozen for later. The chunky butternut squash, peppers and aubergine will soak up the aromatic spices whilst cooking, resulting in a deliciously creamy and flavourful dish to serve with wholemeal flatbreads. For meat options, make our slow cooker chicken curry or lamb curry.

Ideal for families with young children, this child-friendly chilli is quick, hassle-free and can be batch cooked, allowing leftovers to be frozen for when you’re short on time. Cook it on low for around six hours after doing the preparation in the morning and return to glorious results come supper time. The chilli con carne mixture also contains hidden veg that will help nourish any fussy little eaters.

 

More Friday slow cooker recipes:

Slow cooker shepherd's pie
Slow cooker mushroom risotto
Slow cooker ribs 
Slow cooker Goan pulled pork

Slow cooker puddings

Roast apple halves with barley and yogurt on a plate

It’s not just suppers that can be cooked to perfection in the slow cooker, these seriously comforting, homemade puds can all be simmered to perfection as well. Trust us, you won't look back…

Slow cooker spiced apples with barley
Slow cooker rice pudding
Schooldays treacle sponge
Slow cooker muscovado cheesecake

Family breakfasts 

Yogurt topped with strawberries and blueberries in a bowl

Start the day with our slow cooker bio yogurt, enriched with gut-friendly probiotics. This luxuriously creamy recipe requires only two ingredients – whole milk and live yogurt. It requires 17 hours to cook so is more of a weekend project, but is completely worth it and can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks to feed your family. Mix the bio yogurt fresh fruit, cereal or porridge for a healthy and filling breakfast.

If mornings are chaos in your household and the thought of being stuck at the stove for even a few minutes seems tough, this slow-cooked porridge could be the answer for you. Simply chuck the ingredients into your slow cooker before bed and wake up to a bowl of creamy comfort in the morning. Let the kids add their favourite toppings and you should be all set.

If your family prefer a savoury breakfast, we've got the perfect slow cooker recipes, including high-protein breakfast beans and healthy Turkish breakfast eggs to keep you going till lunch.

Plus... buying a slow cooker

If you want to find the best slow cooker for your family, plus clever tips for getting the most out of your new gadget, check out our review of the best buys plus 10 top tips for using a slow cooker.

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Cheap & healthy family meal plan
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chrisphill
6th Dec, 2017
I thought Oh Good some slow cooker recipes,but after eagerly searching for veggie ones, hopes dashed again, you really do need to do much better for those of us who don't eat meat, but do cook, and like ideas and inspiration too. Please do more for us.
Coomey
30th Jan, 2017
I have to agree with the person who said that there should be more veggie recipes. A diet with less meat is considered to be more healthy, as well as environmentally more sound.
sarabernat
21st Nov, 2016
Great idea but how is it possible that the article still focuses on meats when BBC I believe advocates less meat consumption for environmental reasons? Would be so happy to see at least one vegetarian dinner idea when the title on the home page promises "Family slow cooker recipes"!
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