Dump-and-Go Slow Cooker Meals

Dump-and-Go Slow Cooker Meals

Publish Date January 10, 2024 2 Minute Read

Does your fast-paced life make mealtime feel like a chore? Trade prep work for quality time with easy, dump-and-go slow cooker meals. Put those recipe cards away for now, because this style of cooking can really take the heat off us cooks. Requiring less structure, these pour-it-and-ignore-it meals welcome creativity and make way for relaxation.

Low-pressure Slow Cooking

Find quick slow cooker inspiration without following a recipe.

Meals in the Morning

In our hectic daily schedules, many of us get caught in the trap of waiting until late afternoon to start brainstorming dinner ideas. By then, the sun is already setting on our dreams of lavish dinner recipes, and takeout seems like the obvious answer. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just get dinner out of the way in the morning? Well, that’s the magic of making dinner with a slow cooker. Just pour your ingredients in, and you can make dinner while your coffee is still brewing.

No Recipes Required

Nothing invites creativity like that magic little crock, and it’s easy to change up an old favorite or create something new. Because every ingredient gets the same lowand-slow treatment, you can customize your dish with confidence, knowing there are no special timing considerations for any particular element. Swap chicken for beef, sweet potatoes for russets or add a secret ingredient. The slow cooker is great for developing a ton of flavor, so have fun with your dish and see what kind of magic you can make. Of course, if you really want a great slow cooker recipe, we’ve got you covered.

Classic Slow Cooker Chili

Combine your ingredients and cook on low for 5-7 hours.

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

Cut chicken breasts into strips and cook with veggies, broth and sauce on low for 6 hours.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Cook bite-sized beef pieces with additional ingredients on low for 8 hours.

Leftovers for Days

Using a slow cooker can not only simplify meal prep, but it can also present the delightful advantage of flavorful leftovers. While typical leftovers might have lost their luster after a day in the fridge, slow cooking allows flavors to meld and intensify over time, resulting in dishes that often taste even better the next day. Whether it's a hearty stew, savory chili or tender pot roast, slow-cooked meals tend to develop richer and more complex flavors as they sit in the refrigerator, making them perfect for busy families.

More Ways to Slow Down

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