20 Slow Cooker Recipes that go with Rice or Pasta

We love saucy food. Sauce makes everything better. So it’s not a surprise that we love just about anything that gets served over pasta or rice.  But since I’m such a big fan of the slow cooker, I’m really loving these meals  that go with rice and pasta right now.

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The options are endless when it comes to meals that include rice or pasta. And with both pasta and rice relatively affordable, it makes sense that a lot of us center our meals around one or the other. You can cook your way through a lot of different flavors from around the world, too. From kicking up the heat with Mexican ingredients, or creating an Asian-inspired stir fry, and taking a trip down south for Jambalaya or just eating something comforting like Chicken and gravy, rice is the perfect starch to round out so many meals. But pasta? I think pasta has a special place in our hearts. I love saucy meat sauces and Italian inspired anything really has to have a good pasta with it.

What I love about all of these recipes is they are all easy and require minimal time in the kitchen. That means I have more time for enjoying the summer and spending time with my kids.

What’s your favorite pasta or rice meal? I am always looking for new ideas!

Slow Cook Recipes to serve with Rice & Pasta

  1. Sausage Jambalaya
  2. Chicken Curry
  3. Chicken Spaghetti
  4. Thai Peanut Chicken
  5. Sweet Korean BBQ Beef Haystacks
  6. Chicken and Broccoli “stir fry”
  7. Italian Chicken with Tomatoes
  8. Spaghetti and Meatballs
  9. Teriyaki Pork Chops
  10. Baked Chicken with Summer Vegetables
  11. Ravioli
  12. Chicken and Gravy
  13. Cantonese Sweet and Sour Chicken
  14. Garlic Chicken with More Garlic
  15. Sweet and Sour Pork Chops
  16. Zesty Chicken (pasta, rice or couscous)

From other Bloggers

  1. Tamale Balls
  2. Chicken and Zucchini Pasta
  3. Eggplant Parm

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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

 

 

 

 

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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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11 Slow Cooker Side Dish Recipes

I love my slow cooker. You can do basically everything in a slow cooker. From foods that can cook all day, to classic BBQ, all the way to even gorgeous desserts like cheesecake, the slow cooker can do it all.  Slow cookers save time and keep the house cool. And they are an awesome way to prep food for a crowd! I absolutely love using my slow cooker for gatherings. It makes my life so much easier.

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If you’ve never used your slow cooker to make side dishes, pull it out and give it a try! These 11 side dishes you can make in your slow cooker are the perfect thing. These recipes are easy to put together and are definitely crowd pleasers. They pair well with summer food and some of them are perfect for parties and holiday dinners.

11 Easy Slow Cooker Side Dishes

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Loaded Cheesy Potato Casserole

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Honey Glazed Carrots in the slow cooker 

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Corn Casserole in the Slow Cooker

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Hashbrown Casserole in the slow cooker

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Acorn or Butternut Squash in the slow cooker

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Homemade Apple Sauce in the Slow Cooker 

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Baked Beans in the Slow Cooker

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Scalloped Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

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Sweet Potatoes and Apples in the Slow Cooker

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Apples and Butternut Squash in the Slow Cooker

 

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Slow Cooker Beer Brats (or Italian Sausages)

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I’m not going to lie.  I was skeptical when my sister told me about Slow Cooker Beer Brats.  I’m not a fan of beer and the thought of cooking a brat in it didn’t sound too good.

But she said they turn out so flavorful – not tasting like beer, but just so good.  The fact that they cook in the slow cooker was a plus for me too.  I love a good slow cooker recipe!

So I tried them and my sister was right.  You’ve got to make these!

We topped them with ketchup, mustard, diced onion, mild banana peppers.  I was out of relish or we would have added that too.  These brats can handle a lot of toppings.

One thing that surprised me is how the brats browed during the cook time.  I didn’t expect that since they were cooking partially submerged in the beer.

This recipe couldn’t be easier, since it has only two basic ingredients.  This is summer cooking at its simplest – 2 minute prep, slow cooker doesn’t heat up your house, go have fun while it cooks – my kind of recipe!

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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!

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  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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Slow Cooker Desserts Series

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Let’s talk about dessert. You probably know that I have a huge sweet tooth, and I absolutely love having something delicious to sit down with at the end of the day. Bonus points if it includes ice cream! You also probably know by now how much I love my slow cooker.

Did you know that there are dozens of sweet, decadent desserts that you can make in the slow cooker too? I took my love of slow cookers and my love of desserts and decided to take slow cooking to a sweeter place than tacos and soups. Once I tried making dessert in the slow cooker, I was hooked. Now I’m always looking for ways to convert favorites into slow cooker desserts that I can whip up without turning my oven on at all.

I love making cobblers and crips in the slow cooker because they are super easy desserts by nature, and I like easy! You can add a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream, and it is the perfect summer treat. But there’s more to slow cooker desserts than cobblers. You can make cakes and it makes even something fancy like cheesecake in it too. There are literally so many sweets you can make in the slow cooker–and I’m excited to keep trying more things and finding new favorite treats to make in the slow cooker!

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In the mean time, these are some of my favorite slow cooker sweets. If you’ve made dessert in the slow cooker, I’d love to hear what your favorites are!

11 Slow Cooker Desserts

  1. Pineapple Upside Down Cake
  2. Salted Caramel Cobbler
  3. Bananas Foster Bread Pudding
  4. Blueberry Crisp
  5. Chocolate Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust and Nut Topping
  6. Brownies and Cherries
  7. Apricot Crisp
  8. Chocolate Cobbler
  9. Salted Caramel Apple Cake
  10. Apple Caramel Crisp
  11. Chocolate Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Sauce

plus Sweet Heat Chex Mix!

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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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