TIME. Who’s got it? Not us, that’s for sure! And the time we do have we need to spend catching up on Southern Charm because we keep getting texts about how surprising it is that Craig drives a Kia. And since we can’t even find an hour for the Charm, we almost certainly do not have the time to be slaving over nightly meals.
As such, we have recently gotten into the habit of making a giant batch of food on Sunday and then eating it over the course of the week. Bonus: Our whole roundup of the best easy slow cooker recipes will save you time and energy during the cooking process thanks to the one-gadget method. And just in case you’re worried that your diet will turn into some kind of sad mundane situation, remember that there are plenty of ways to mix up one recipe into lots of different meals.
We consulted some of our favorite food blogs and found the best slow cooker recipes to make in giant batches, and enjoy all week. Behold:
Crock Pot Pepperoncini Pot Roast
Four ingredients, five minutes prep, six hours in the slow cooker, and you have a spicy, delicious, and tender meat that you can serve straight up, on sandwiches, or even over salads! Get the recipe from A Fork’s Tale.
Instant Pot (or Slow Cooker) Honey Garlic Chicken
This savory-sweet concoction is the slow cooker’s answer to Chinese takeout. Make a giant batch and enjoy this family-pleasing meal over rice or pasta, on a bun, or all on its own — even cold! Get the recipe from Wondermom Wannabe.
Cheesy Crockpot Lasagna Casserole
We can all agree that lasagna is one of the greatest dishes of all time, but no one ever wants to make it for themselves because it’s so time consuming. The answer: This crockpot lasagna that you set and forget — and then eat for every meal without tiring of it! Get the recipe from The Typical Mom.
Instant Pot (or Slow Cooker) Crack Chicken
If you haven’t heard of “crack chicken,” get ready for your newest addiction. This keto- and Weight Watchers-friendly dish can be eaten over pasta, as a sandwich, and even as a dip! Get the recipe from Adventures of a Nurse.
Slow Cooker Southwestern Style Chili
Chili is another one of those meals that you can eat over and over without getting bored. And this recipe — with a southwestern kick — can be reinvented as a topper for hot dogs, nachos, or a Sloppy Joe filling! Get the recipe from Recipes Worth Repeating.
Crock Pot Turkey Breast
Now that we’ve tempted you with pot roasts and lasagnas and crack chicken, may we suggest something a bit healthier but just as versatile? This crock pot turkey breast can be used the same way you’d repurpose your Thanksgiving meal: Sandwiches, frittatas or with mashed potatoes and gravy! Get the recipe from Jessica Gavin.
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