12 Slow Cooker Meals to Set and Forget on Busy Weekdays

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 9:00 AM, September 2, 2015


Aired September 2, 2015

by Lisa Lozano

No time to cook on busy weekdays? No problem! Throw these entrees in the crockpot in the morning before school and work, then simply serve up at meal time! Done and done!

No. 1: Sunny Anderson’s Skinny Slow-Cooker Chicken Chili

This slow-cooker chicken chili is super easy to prepare in the morning, and won’t derail your summer diet plans because it’s all good for you! Plus it’s super easy to put on the table since it’s a one-pot meal.

No. 2: Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches with Red Cabbage Mango Slaw

These barbeque chicken sandwiches are the perfect summer meal when you’re craving BBQ flavor but don’t want to stand over a hot grill.

No. 3: Kelsey Nixon’s Slow Cooker Chicken Meatball Parmesan

Sometimes you just want good ‘ole comfort food. You can prep these chicken meatballs in the morning and then just assemble the sandwiches when it’s time to eat!

No. 4: Stephanie O' Dea's Slow Cooker Chipotle Pork Soft Tacos

Something about tacos just says “summer.” These chipotle pork tacos are the perfect antidote to a long day – they are easy to assemble and customize.

No. 5: Slow Cook Yourself Skinny Chicken Stroganoff

One of the key tips for cooking healthy is to load up on flavor, and this recipe has it all. One key ingredient: chestnut butter. Not only does it provide a mouth-watering nutty flavor, it's also way healthier than using regular butter. A recipe that replaces calories with great taste. Sold!

No. 6: Slow Cooker Skinny Stuffed Peppers

On a mission to feed your family healthy meals? What better way to do so than by making a recipe by 'Biggest Loser' trainer Bob Harper? This recipe is loaded with great flavor and healthy ingredients -- everything from cauliflower, to carrots, turkey and dill.

No. 7: Slow Cooker Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Blue Cheese Aioli and Celery Leaves

This fun recipe will make you and your family feel like you're eating out! Kelsey starts with boneless, skinless chicken thighs (super affordable and really tender), which she slow cooks in a spicy sauce, shreds and serves up on slider buns with a blue cheese aioli and celery leaves. Delish!

No. 8: Kelsey Nixon’s Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

This pork roast is a true lifesaver, since it can be served five different ways! You can serve it up with BBQ sauce for pulled pork sandwiches, add to mac and cheese, serve with an egg on avocado toast, make a Ragu and serve over pasta, and serve up with beans and cheese in a tortilla for burritos!

No. 9: Emeril Lagasse's Pot Roast Dianne

This delicious entrée was dreamed up by the master himself, Emeril Lagasse, and makes for an impressive treat at the end of a long school and work day. A hearty (and inexpensive) pot roast is served up in a rich jus with potatoes and carrots. Yum!

No. 10: Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Lasagna

This Mexican casserole is delicious and, like the chili, is a one-pot dish that you just need to serve up when dinnertime comes. How easy is that?

No. 11: Erin Chase's Slow Cooker Rosemary Chicken with Red Potatoes and Green Beans

This healthy and hearty meal features chicken, potatoes and green beans and won’t heat up your kitchen like roasting a chicken would.

No. 12: Ryan Scott's Slow-Cooked Chicken Thighs with Garlic Mashed Potatoes

This one is a winner – tender chicken thighs slow-cooked in a savory sauce and served over garlicky mashed potatoes.

What’s your favorite slow cooker meal? Tell us in the comments.