When time is of the essence, a slow cooker can be a total life saver! With prep time that only takes between five and fifteen minutes, they’re perfect for those of us who are constantly running here and there to keep up with our busy schedules. Plus, the majority of slow cooker recipes call for at least four hours of cook time, which allows you to run errands and carpool while your dinner slow cooks its way to deliciousness.
With any one of these seven slow cooker recipes, you’ll have convenience and flavor all in the same dish!
Crock Pot Orange Chicken
We’ve been subject to Chinese takeout for years when we had the hankering for good orange chicken, but now you can try making it at home. With only a few ingredients — BBQ sauce, orange marmalade, soy sauce and chicken — you can slow cook your way to a delicious Chinese dinner with this Crock Pot Orange Chicken recipe that the whole family can enjoy.
Low Carb Lasagna
So, you’re feeling like lasagna for dinner, but you want to cut carbs? Not a problem! This recipe for Low Carb Lasagna swaps out the noodle layer and replaces it with layers of grilled slices of zucchini and eggplant. Who knew that gourds like spaghetti squash, zucchini and eggplant could make pasta a second stringer?
Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan
In sticking to Italian-inspired flavors, we wanted to feature this recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan. It’s got all the ingredients you’d need for a baked chicken parmesan, but the slow cooker helps the marinara sauce really sink deep into the chicken, giving the meat an amazing flavor and maintaining its juiciness.
Oh, and don’t forget the parmesan! This recipe calls for thick chunks of cheese, so each bite will be covered in gooey, cheesy goodness.
Slow Cooker Thick and Chunky Beef Stew
The chilly weather has us looking for things that will warm us up, and we think a warm blanket, a toasty fire and a bowl of this Slow Cooker Thick and Chunky Beef Stew will give you just that!
This recipe makes a bowl full of juicy beef, savory vegetables and a flavorful broth that will help thaw your frozen toes and icy nose.
Slow Cooker Chex Mix
Not only are slow cookers perfect for putting together warm and filling meals, but they’re actually perfect for throwing together a party mix. It’s one thing to bring a bowl of Chex cereal, peanuts and pretzels to the family get-together, but with a crockpot, some Worcestershire sauce and a few more ingredients, you’ll have the savoriest snack at the party!
Give this recipe for Slow Cooker Chex Mix a try. It’ll give you a whole new idea of the capabilities of slow cookers!
Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Crumble
Moving from the savory to the sweet, let us present to you the Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Crumble. The taste is to die for, but can you image how amazing your home is going to smell while it’s slow cooking its way to perfection?
All of the apple-y, caramel-y and oat-y goodness can be all yours in just under three hours.
Easy Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs
Want delicious, fall-off-the-bone ribs but you don’t have a smoker? Well, you can get that same flavor you crave from ribs you’ve slow cooked the day away with this recipe for Easy Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs.
Once your ribs are slow cooked all the way through, you can place them in the oven for 10 minutes so the BBQ sauce caramelizes, giving you an added bit of flavor.
We definitely know that slow cooking is the best way to cook a rack of ribs, which is why we smoke our ribs. We start preparing our ribs before our stores even open by covering our ribs in a Cheddar’s secret dry rub and then smoke them using hickory chips for more than five hours, giving them a savory and smoky flavor.
Come visit your local Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen and order any one of five dishes that feature our House-Smoked Baby Back Ribs.