5 Week Night Slow Cooker Recipes For When You Have No Time

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Today I bring you five best slow cooker recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, delicious and nutritious.

I bought my very first slow cooker only a couple of months ago, and since then I have used it just a handful of times. I simply can’t get organised to get it on early enough in the day.

So, I’m going to change that this month, because I know how absolutely delicious and easy slow-cooked meals can be. Plus, the ingredients don’t break the bank, perfect if you are on a budget.

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I bought my Crockpot on an impulse at Tesco, which is something I ordinarily will never do. I made sure to check the price on Amazon before I got to the checkout, so I knew it was a steal.

Crock-Pot 6-Quart Countdown Programmable Oval Slow Cooker with Dipper, Stainless Steel, SCCPVC605-S
Crock-Pot 6-Quart Countdown Programmable Oval Slow Cooker with Dipper, Stainless Steel, SCCPVC605-S

I use my pressure cooker very regularly because it suits my lack of patience! I love that I can make a delectable meal in a few minutes. The downside of pressure cooking is that you can’t leave it unattended, and you certainly can’t leave the house while it’s turned on like you can with a slow cooker.

What’s great about a slow cooker is that you can prep a meal in minutes and have it ready whenever you need to eat. Plus, you can keep it warm until you are ready to eat.

You just need to be organised.

This week I’ve curated a list of slow cooker recipes that I am going to be trying over the next month or so. Provided, of course, that I can get the ingredients as there isn’t a whole lot on the shelves at the moment (I write this during COVID-19 pandemic).

Let’s see what we can find. This is so exciting!

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On Monday we like to have a light meal due to having a big roast the day before. We are quite a traditional family in that we still have a blowout Sunday roast.

Super Easy Skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna

This dish fits the bill perfectly for a healthy Monday meal. It’s light and good for the waistline, plus it has enough carbs to fill my hungry boys.

What I love about this recipe is that you can make it with whatever veggies you happen to have in the fridge. Here it’s been made with kale which is super healthy veg to use. Fortunately my boys like greens!

Kale freezes pretty well. I usually have some in the freezer and then add it to soups to make it more filling, and healthy too.

This dish needs to sit for an hour after cooking so that it firms up a bit.

Super easy skinny veggie crockpot lasagna – PinchOfYum


Chicken always goes down well any time of the week. I always have some chicken breasts in the freezer. You could serve this with boiled new potatoes, or cauliflower rice if you are going for a low-carb option.

CrockPot Tuscan Garlic Chicken With Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This dish has a garlic-infused cream sauce which can be prepared separately or cooked in with the chicken. The spinach cooks in no time at all, so it’s added at the end.


On Wednesday we are ready for some meat again, and meatballs fit the bill perfectly.

Slow Cooker Spaghetti And Meatballs

We have this spaghetti and meatballs a lot in our family, but it is a bit fiddly to make because you have to cook everything separately.

For this recipe, everything gets cooked together, saving so much time. Yes, even the spaghetti gets cooked in with the sauce!

If you don’t have time to make the meatballs, you can always use some ready-made ones.

Slow cooker spaghetti and meatballs – Creme de la Crumb


We love curry, especially homemade. Sometimes we like to go out for an Indian meal, but cooking your own is just as tasty. In a slow cooker, the chicken becomes beautifully soft and flavoursome.

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken – Well Plated

I love that this recipe includes veggies, cauliflower in fact! I quite like to add lentils to my curry dishes, so I might try this again with a handful thrown in.


Friday is a great day for fish! I try to include fish in our diet where possible. I have to say that my boys are not great fish fans, but I’m working on that. I think this recipe might just win them over.

Slow Cooker Salmon with Creamy Lemon Sauce

Cooking fish just right isn’t easy, but in the slow cooker, you can pretty much guarantee it’s going to cook perfectly.

Slow cooker salmon with creamy lemon sauce – Diethood

There you go my five best slow cooker recipes.

All we need now is a few organisational skills for getting the right ingredients bought on time. When I have tried each of these recipes, I will update you with my thoughts, and whether my very fussy boys approved.

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Penny | SparklingPenny

Hi, I'm Penny. A busy mum of two boys and one dog, with the aim to enjoy life to the full.