The 7 Best Slow Cooker Recipes to Save Time

Ah, the slow cooker! This oh, so convenient device that allows you to save time in the kitchen! It’s particularly appreciated because it allows us to prepare comforting dishes that cook for a long time while we pursue other activities. Here are 7 recipes that practically cook themselves and make your weeknights simpler.

1. Italian-Style Braised Beef

Well seasoned, without being too spicy, this braised beef blade roast is a great winter classic. This recipe owes its success to seasonal vegetables, fresh herbs and tender, savoury beef, plus 8 hours of slow cooking at a low temperature.

2. Slow Cooker Couscous with Vegetables and Chickpeas

We love aromatic couscous dishes. In this one, root vegetables, spices and chickpeas make for a delicious combination of ingredients. Let it simmer for a few hours before removing it from the heat and adding the couscous. The slow cooking enhances the flavours of this dish.

3. Salsa Verde Pork Tacos

A meal that makes the entire family happy is always a big winner. In this recipe, you don’t even need to sear the meat beforehand. Put the pork shoulder in the slow cooker along with store-bought salsa verde. Eight hours later, you’ll get perfectly juicy meat, cooked to perfection. You’ll just need to put it on the table with taco shells and toppings.

4. Lentil and Mushroom Spaghetti Sauce

Let the slow cooker take care of dinner tonight with this recipe for vegetarian pasta. It’s just as tasty as a classic meat spaghetti sauce because the legumes cook slowly, soaking in all the flavours of the vegetables. Every belly around the table will be satisfied.

5. Orange and Honey Turkey Breast

Turkey, orange, ginger and honey: four ingredients that go so well together! Make this recipe when it’s cold outside. It’s an easy, economical and super flavourful dish to make, fantastic served with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable. A perfect weeknight dinner that everyone will love.

6. Slow Cooked Veal with Cumin and Beer

Your slow cooker will save you time once more with this ultra-simple veal dish. Combining veal cubes, various veggies and dark beer, this stew will fill the entire house with comforting, seasonal aromas. Richly fragrant, the sauce just asks to be sopped up with small chunks of bread.

7. Slow Cooker Chocolate Pudding Cake

It turns out that your slow cooker is not only convenient for salty dishes but also for sweet ones, like this scrumptious melt-in-your-mouth, ultra-chocolatey pudding. The secret to this cake’s moist texture is slow cooking—2 hours of it, to be more exact. Served with a slow-cooked chocolate sauce, this decadent cake can be eaten warm or cold.

If you feel like trying other comforting, seasonal foods, get inspired by recipes in this section: