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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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…
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.
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