9 Asian Style Meals in the Slow Cooker

Almost everyone loves a good Asian dish. There’s something about even plain old takeout that just hits the spot. It’s probably because Asian food is big on umami, and it’s hard not to crave that perfect combination of flavors. But take out can really add up, especially if you have a family of hungry people to feed, and making it on the stove can take a lot of time. Plus, not everyone has a wok to make the perfect stir-fry. Slow cooker to the rescue!

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The slow cooker is obviously my favorite summer kitchen accessory. It’s the perfect way to keep the kitchen cool. Not turning on the stove or oven makes a big difference!  Of course, I find it to be such a time saver, on top of it.  You can make almost everything in the slow cooker, and Asian food is no exception to this! There’s a lot of things you can do with Asian-inspired flavors in the slow cooker. From tangy, sour and sweet  pork chops, to an easy stir-fry that you can make in the crock pot, it’s hard to beat coming home to food that’s better than take out at the end fo the day.

Of course, most of this food is not authentic Asian by any means. But all of the flavors are inspired by great Asian dishes and some of our favorite take out dishes. All of them really hit the spot when we’re craving  take out. My family loves it when they see any of these nine recipes going into the slow cooker for dinner!

What’s your favorite Asian Inspired meal for the slow cooker?

Asian Inspired Slow Cooker Meals

  1. Thai Peanut Chicken
  2. Korean BBQ Tacos
  3. Soy Ginger Chicken
  4. Thai Curry Chicken Soup
  5. Sweet Korean BBQ Beef Haystacks
  6. Teriyaki Pork Chops
  7. Teriyaki BBQ Chicken Legs
  8. Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
  9. Sweet & Sour Pork Chops

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Garden Produce in the Slow Cooker

You know what one of my favorite things about summer is? Fresh garden produce! But lately it’s just too hot to turn on the stove and cook any of our hauls from the garden.  I love my slow cooker for cooking everything, and it’s perfect for cooking up produce, too!

There are dozens of ways add produce into your meals. But if you’re looking for some ways to straight up cook veggies and fruits, here are some of my favorites.

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Cook Garden Produce in the Slow Cooker

  1. Potatoes Au Gratin
  2. Summer Squash
  3. Brown Sugar Sweet Potatoes (and chicken)
  4. Honey Glazed Carrots
  5. Scalloped Potatoes
  6. Sweet Potatoes and Apples
  7. Apple Butter
  8. Apple Sauce

From Other Bloggers

  1. Baked Potatoes
  2. Caramelized Onions
  3. Corn on the Cob
  4. Parmesan Ranch Mushrooms

 

 

 

 

20 Slow Cooker Sandwiches

Sandwiches are the classic “I need to feed my family–quick!” kind of meals. But quick and easy doesn’t have to mean PBJ or BLTs night after night. There are lots of delicious things to serve between two slices of bread.  These fifteen different sandwiches you can throw into your slow cooker and forget about until dinner time are life savers for us during the summer–or any busy time of the year! There’s enough variety that even if we ate sandwiches for a week straight, we’d probably not be tired of them.

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The slow cooker is such a time saver. And when it’s hot–not having to heat up the kitchen is a huge bonus. And thanks to the slow cooker, you get to enjoy big, juicy flavorful sandwiches without slaving over the stove or grill for hours on hot or busy days.  That’s my kind of dinner!

20 Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker

  1. Hawaiian BBQ Sandwiches
  2. Jerk Chicken Sandwiches
  3. Beef Shwarma
  4. Italian Sausage and Pepper Subs
  5. Pork and Gravy Sandwiches
  6. Chicken Bacon & Ranch Sandwiches
  7. Chicken Philly Sandwiches
  8. Beef Gyros
  9. French Dip Sandwiches
  10. African Pulled Beef Sandwiches
  11. Pizza Steak Sandwiches
  12. BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
  13. Italian Beef Sandwiches
  14. BBQ Peach Pulled Pork
  15. Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwiches
  16. Cilantro Lime Chicken Sandwiches
  17. Bacon Cheeseburger
  18. Beer Brats
  19. Peach BBQ Pork Sliders
  20. Balsamic Chicken Salad Sandwiches

 

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12 Tex-Mex Slow Cooker Recipes for Summer

If you have been around my blog for long, you know how much I love Tex-Mex. I love the flavors, the spice and how many easy options there are for Mexican style food in the slow cooker. Needless to say, Tex-Mex makes a frequent appearance on our dinner table.

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One of the most popular recipes on the site is the slow cooker fajitas. The fajitas have minimal prep time, so you can get them into the slow cooker quickly. Slow cooking them makes the flavors blend. Plus, making them in the slow cooker means it’s an easy choice to make to feed a crowd! I love that both beef and chicken are freezer friendly. That means you can prep them in batches and easily grab one for the slow cooker in the morning! Speaking of freezer friendly food, shredded taco beef is a huge saver for me. I make up a big batch, and freeze the leftovers for later. Super easy, and there’s so many meals you can make with it as a base.

And tacos! My kids love tacos because they can build their own. While there are hundreds of recipes out there for delicious tex mex food in the slow cooker, these 12 are some of our go-tos and family favorites. Enjoy!

Summer Tex-Mex Slow Cooker Recipes

  1. Salsa Verde Steak
  2. Smoky Chipotle Chicken Tacos
  3. Black Bean and Salsa Chicken and Cornbread
  4. Shredded Taco Beef
  5. Creamy Jalapeno Chicken Tacos
  6. Sloppy Chicken Tacos
  7. Beef Fajitas
  8. Chicken Fajitas
  9. Pork Carnitas
  10. Beans

From other Bloggers

  1. Slow Cooker Enchiladas
  2. Tamale Casserole

Ever wonder what you can serve with Tex-Mex?

Check out this post filled with ideas for some of my favorite sides! 

 

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Traditional Summer BBQ in the Slow Cooker

You know what one of my favorite things about summer is? All the delicious excuses I have for grilled food and barbecues! I absolutely love grilling out and serving dinner al fresco. But sometimes firing up the grill just isn’t an option, and I just can’t bring myself to heat up the house by cooking more indoors.

That’s the perfect time to pull out the summer bbq slow cooker favorites! The slow cooker is a great way to make barbecue super easy.  Plus, the awesome thing about using a slow cooker for barbecue is that you get those long cooking times that really amp up the BBQ flavors without the hassle of hovering over it to make sure it’s staying just the right temperature. It’s a no-fuss way to enjoy those summer flavors we crave without a lot of extra work and heat.

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In honor of summer and barbecue season, I’m sharing nine of my favorite slow cooker summer barbecue recipes with you. From tangy pork chops and pulled meat sandwiches to a complete BBQ Chicken Dinner all wrapped up in one slow cooker, these are the recipes I turn to when I am craving BBQ but don’t have the time or energy to do it the old fashioned way.  I’ve also gotten together a round up of my favorite sides to pair with a good BBQ meal. Together, you have everything you need to make a super easy but delicious no-fuss BBQ meal for you and your family.

Enjoy!

Summer BBQ in the Slow Cooker

  1. Tangy Sweet Pork Chops
  2. BBQ Peach Pulled Pork
  3. Peach Pork BBQ Sliders
  4. Red Eye BBQ Ribs
  5. Apple BBQ Pork Chops
  6. Legs, Sausage, and Potatoes
  7. Teriyaki BBQ Chicken Legs
  8. Pork Chops and Baked Beans
  9. Complete BBQ Chicken Dinner

plus easy sides to pair with your BBQ dinner

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29 Ways to make Chicken in the Slow Cooker

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Does your family eat a lot of chicken? In our house, I sometimes joke that we eat so much chicken that we could start clucking at any moment. I’m not complaining! I love chicken, and so does my family. Chicken has to be one of the most versatile meat. You can fix it in dozens of ways–Tex-Mex, Italian, Asian and good old American BBQ. It’s a huge plus that chicken also fairly affordable and some of the stores often put a good sale out on it, too!

Now that summer is here, I’m trying to avoid heating up my house as much as possible. So, if you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I use my slow cooker a lot. It’s a time-saver and a great way to keep the kitchen cool as well. I love trying new things in my slow cooker, and over the years have created a nice little stash of favorite chicken dishes that I can whip up in there.

From mouth watering curry to our favorite Asian chicken to some of my cheater barbeque go-to’s, here are 29 ways I use my slow cooker to cook a winning chicken dinner for my family. Some of these recipes are also freezer friendly. That means you can stock your freezer and then pull one out in the morning on a busy day and pop it in and let the slow cooker do its thing. That’s a huge plus for me, especially during these busy, glorious summer days.  (If you are looking for even more freezer friendly slow cooker recipes, check out this post with 18 of my favorites!)

Now I want to know, what’s your favorite way to cook chicken in the slow cooker?

29 ways to make Chicken in the slow cooker

  1. Chicken Curry 
  2. Chicken Spaghetti
  3. Thai Peanut Chicken
  4. zesty crockpot chicken
  5. apricot soy ginger chicken
  6. Black Bean and Salsa Chicken 
  7. King Ranch Chicken
  8. Italian Chicken with Tomatoes
  9. Lemon Chicken baked on Sauerkraut
  10. Chicken Cacciatore
  11. Creamy Jalapeno Chicken Tacos
  12. Chicken Fajitas
  13. Teriyaki BBQ Chicken Legs
  14. Brown Sugar Chicken and Sweet Potatoes 
  15. Chicken Tacos
  16. Italian Parmesan Herb Chicken and Potatoes 
  17. Chicken Shwarma
  18. Zingy BBQ Chicken
  19. Maple Apple Chicken 
  20. Chili Sauce Chicken Legs
  21. Chicken and Gravy
  22. Chipotle Chicken Tacos
  23. Honey Mustard Chicken
  24. Baked Chicken with Summer Veggies
  25. Garlic Chicken with More Garlic
  26. Cantonese Sweet and Sour Chicken
  27. Garlic Rosemary Chicken
  28. Italian Seasoned Salt Chicken
  29. Chicken and Broccoli “Stir Fry

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18 Freezer Friendly Slow Cooker Meals {Plus Tips and Tricks!}

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Stocking up the freezer is one of the things I do to save me time in the kitchen. And if there’s any season where I want to minimize my time in the kitchen, it’s summer time. There are lots of things I can think of that I’d much rather be doing than spending hours prepping food, or working over a stove. So slow cooker meals that I can pull right out of the freezer are a double win in my book!

Since summer’s just around the corner and I have all kinds of plans and activities coming up, I’m glad to take a little bit of time to stock up the freezer with slow cooker meals. If I do it right, I can get 7 meals knocked out of the way in just about an hour’s time. That’s what I call being a smart cook!

If you’ve never really done freezer cooking, I’ve written a couple of posts with my best tips and tricks for everything from streamlining the process to maximize what you get out of your time to what supplies to have on hand before you start. I also have done several videos to walk you through a couple of my freezer cooking sessions.  If you are more of a visual learner, these may help you get started too. I’ve linked those at the bottom of the list, in case you’d like to take a peek.

With the freezer all stocked and our slow cookers ready to go, bring on the heat, summertime!

18 Freezer Friendly Slow Cooker Meals

  1. French dip sandwiches
  2. Zesty crockpot chicken 
  3. Pork carnitas
  4. Chicken cacciatore
  5. Maple apple chicken
  6. Easy shredded taco beef (For Tacos, Salads, Nachos and more! Super versatile.)
  7. Chicken fajitas
  8. Beef fajitas
  9. Chicken fiesta
  10. BBQ chicken fajitas
  11. Sweet and sour meatballs
  12. African pulled beef 
  13. Hawaiian luau meatballs
  14. Chicken broccoli stir-fry 
  15. Ravioli
  16. Cube steaks and gravy
  17. Beef teriyaki 
  18. Pulled Pork (For Sandwiches, loaded baked potatoes, and more!)

plus bulk cooking meats for the freezer in your slow cooker!

Other Freezer Cooking Resources & Videos (Slow Cooker and Non-Slow Cooker)

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May Weekly Meal Plans are here!

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It’s a new month and that means we’ve got a whole new set of Weekly Meal Plans ready!  Members can login here to download the meal plans and grocery lists.

If you’re not a member yet, why not give it a try?

Here are a couple of quotes from two of our members:

“Thanks for creating something like this!! I can already tell that the money we are going to save from NOT eating out all the time is going to be PRICELESS!!” – Darcee

“I absolutely love Eat at Home. I recommend it to everyone. For little more than $1 a week you have a pre-planned grocery list and meal for each night of the week. The meals are very good. The meals are quick and easy to prepare and I love the 15 minute meal and the slow cooker meal in the traditional plans. Love love love your service!!!” – Anonymous for Weekly Meal Plan Member feedback survey

And below is a word cloud of common words mentioned in that same Member feedback survey:

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You can find out more about becoming a member here.

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Big News! Revealing our latest project

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Eat at Home Weekly Meal Plans now has a new member site that is easier than ever to use.  We had outgrown the old site and it was stretched beyond its limits.  I am so happy that we now have a much easier place for members to download their plans.

Here’s what it looks like for members when you first login:

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See that are on the left that the orange arrow is pointing to?  Now members will be able to have access to past months plans.  If someone was a member in March, those plans will always be there.  We can’t go back further than March, but as new months are added while you’re a member, you will have access to those.  No more rushing to download everything before the month ends.

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Above is another screen shot.  We’ve had things organized like this for a while, but it all looks cleaner in the new member area.  You can choose a type of plan (Slow Cooker is in there too, but it wouldn’t fit on my screen with the others.)  Choose to download everything for one plan type or download by the week.

Downloading the menus gives you color-coded grocery lists, like the one below and all the recipes for each week.  This is what it looks like on my phone screen.  I usually print them out if I’m going to the store, because I prefer paper to juggling the phone with the list while trying to shop.

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Now is a great time to become a member, if you aren’t already!

Things get so busy in the spring of the year, with sports and end-of-school-year activities.  It can be hard to fit in dinner, but using Weekly Meal Plans is a huge help!  We have 15 minutes meals and slow cooker meals each week, so you can fit dinner into your day.

Even if this helps you avoid eating out just once a month, the plans more than pay for themselves.

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Game Day Recipes

Every where you turn, there’s talk about the big game coming up. Everyone is gearing up for what seems sure to be quite the match. And me? Well, I’m not really a football fan. But I am most certainly a fan of anything that gives me a chance to make some fun food and for everyone to get together to enjoy it. And game nights, especially big game day nights, are perfect for fun food.

I thought, in honor of the game, I’d share some of our favorites with you. There’s lots of easy loaded nachos, some great dips and a couple of football themed recipes to add some flair to the party.

One of the common denominators between all of these recipes is they are finger friendly and snacky, making them perfect for snacking and watching at the same time. Those are two big requirements in our house for game day food!

Whatever team you are routing for, I hope you enjoy a good time with your family and friends…and some good eats too! May the best team win.
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Easy Game Day Recipes

  1. 7 Layer End Zone Dip
  2. Roasted Garlic Hummus
  3. Sweet Heat Chex Mix
  4. 15 Minute Italian Nachos
  5. 15 Minute BBQ Chicken Nachos
  6. 7 Layer Hot Italian Dip
  7. Chipotle Chile Chicken Nachos
  8. Easy Homemade Salsa
  9. Homemade Beer Cheese
  10. Easy SNackadium for Superbowl
  11. Pesto Bruschetta Spread
  12. Honey Cinnamon Peanut Butter Dip
  13. Guacamole
  14. Baked Potato Dip
  15. Basil Tomato Dip
  16. Sausage and Corn Quesadillas
  17. 15 Minute Gluten Free Pizza

P.S And if you are one of those who believes that game day is just for pizza, there’s a lot of pizza recipes on the blog you could try. I love the Chicken Alfredo Pizza! 

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