April Meal Plans are Here!

April Meal Plans are Here!

April meal plans are ready!

Spring really is coming, even if winter seemed to hang on this year.  And spring means eating lighter foods, fewer soups and stews and more salads.  Eat at Home Meal Plan members can login to download their grocery lists and recipes.  Members have access to four different meal plans – Traditional, Wholesome Traditional, Slow Cooker and No Flour/No Sugar.

If you’re looking to save a ton of time and a lot of money, our meal plans are for you!

Think more main dish salads and raw veggies

Like this favorite of mine, Summertime Tuna Salad, packed with fresh veggies, some good protein & loads of flavor!

And flavorful veggies piled on top of fresh veggies, like in this Sweet Potato Peanut Salad!

With a few time-saving hacks thrown in for good measure

It can be as simple as starting with a gluten-free crust to whip up this BLT Pizza in under 15 minutes. That’s less time than delivery & you get complete control over how much you add of each ingredient!

This Grilled Ham and Apple Sandwich with cheese and a bit of chutney makes for a quick and light spring dinner.

And the ever-popular Freezer Week

The week every month when you can freeze 6 dinners in one hour. It’s perfect for those spring sports, recital practice nights when you get home later than usual, and you’re just too exhausted to cook. I would love for you to join me on Facebook Live this month when I bag up all six of these meals in one hour and answer whatever questions might pop into your head in the process!

And Oh My! The Spring Desserts!

Nothing says spring like fresh fruits!

These Balsamic Strawberries may sound a little odd, but they’re amazing! And when you add whipped cream, oh my!

You just can’t go wrong with this tried and true Blueberry Cobbler!

Or how about Zucchini Carrot Cake, with its sweet take on fresh veggies?!

Just in case those aren’t enough, we’ve included a variety of cookies, brownies & bars that are perfect for impromptu picnics.

If you’re a Weekly Meal Plan Member then you’ll find all four plans and your color-coded shopping lists on the Member Login Page. And if you’re not a member yet, but you’re a bit curious, you can watch a quick video and check out all the details on our Weekly Meal Plans Page. For any questions that somehow we’ve not answered, then feel free to email us at help@eatathomecooks.com.

Whatever your weather outside, I know I’m looking forward to some springy dinners and desserts and saying a big hearty hello to April! What are you looking forward to this month?

18 Sweet Fall Breakfasts

I’m curious, do you find it easier to swing your feet out of bed when a cool crisp day awaits, or does it just make you want to curl up under the covers for a few more minutes? If you’re like me, then it feels like an invitation to start fresh and new with a crisp clean slate. And there’s no better way to start than with a delicious and satisfying breakfast, especially one of these 18 Sweet Fall Breakfasts! From there you can move on to enjoy the beauty of the season, complete with a classic autumn dinner, some seasonal side dishes and all wrapped up with a scrumptious fall dessert.

18 Sweet Fall Breakfasts

Pancakes & Baked Goods

There are so many baked goods options for a delicious breakfast. You can always add a breakfast meat, or eggs or yogurt if you want to up your protein intake to get the day started. And most of these already take full advantage of seasonal fruits.

When you take a whole wheat pancake and dress it up for fall you end up with Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes. And just so you know, we eat these for dinner with a meat and fruit, probably more than we would like to admit.

These Gingerbread Pancakes with Sweet Cider Syrup are sweetened with molasses and spiced with ginger, cinnamon and allspice.  But it’s the Sweet Cider Syrup that steals the show. Try them and you’ll see.

If you’re not as crazy about sweets, then these Cinnamon Chip Scones are for you because they’re not overly sweet. You can always add a little more sugar to your coffee or tea if you must!

1-Minute Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Apples literally take one minute to cook in the microwave. Add some yogurt and your favorite granola and you’ve hit most of the food groups first thing in the morning.

Pear Tart with Cream Cheese Icing takes a roll of crescent rolls to a whole new level. It makes a sweet breakfast treat, but it would make a nice little dessert too!

These Pumpkin Pecan Sticky Rolls are so easy because they begin with frozen dinner roll dough. Simply mix up a few ingredients to pour over the top and you have a company-worthy fall breakfast!

 Muffins

Muffins are such a quick way to enjoy baked goods. If your weekday mornings are a bit hectic, try mixing up the dry ingredients the night before and set your muffin tin and a mixing bowl on the counter and you’re ready to go. Mix them up and let them bake while you continue getting ready for your day. You may even sneak a few extra minutes to linger over your favorite coffee or tea.

Apple Butter just smells like home to me! You can whip up a batch in your slow cooker in no time at all using this Easy Apple Butter Recipe. Then you can whip up these Apple Butter Muffins too.

If you’ve never made baked goods with Butternut Squash, then this Butternut Squash Muffin recipe is perfect for you. It’s milder and creamier than it’s pumpkin counterpart and really should not be overlooked as a tasty fall treat!

These Cinnamon Streusel Muffins are super easy and the combination of warm cinnamon with some butter spread on top will be all the encouragement your reluctant morning people need to throw off the covers and greet the day.

Gingerbread Muffins pair wonderfully with orange marmalade and the combination tastes like fall. Go ahead and make a double batch because these are a wonderful mid-morning snack, or mid-afternoon, or anytime really!

Cranberry Muffins with Orange Marmalade Glaze are sweet, but the tart taste of the cranberries along with the citrus make them taste bright, like sunshine sparkling over a pile of crunchy leaves on a crisp fall morning.

Pumpkin and Pumpkin Spice and Pumpkin Butter makes these Pumpkin Butter Muffins amazingly moist and flavorful. And technically pumpkin is in the vegetable family, so it’s like having veggies for breakfast, right?

Spiced Chai Tea has such a wonderful flavor profile that you just know you’ll love these Spiced Chai Tea Muffin. They’re kind of like a coffee cake but packed with even more flavor!

 

Oatmeal

Do you remember hearing stories about your parents or grandparents having oatmeal for breakfast? Every. Single. Day? It’s a pretty healthy, hearty way to start the day, but I’m thinking theirs may not have been quite as tasty as these Autumn versions. And all of them are made in a slow cooker.

You could call this Apple Oatmeal “Apple Pie Oatmeal”. Go ahead and make up an entire batch of it and just heat it up the next day with a little milk for another breakfast, if it lasts that long that is!

The citrus flavor with the sweet-tart cranberries in Cranberry Orange Oatmeal is a great way to start the day. It just sounds like fall and holidays, doesn’t it?!

This Gingerbread Oatmeal is a flavorful combination of cinnamon, brown sugar, ginger, cloves and vanilla. Be prepared for lots of thank you texts, comments, hugs and things of that sort.

A hot bowl of oatmeal is a comfort food for fall and winter both, especially if the ground is covered in leaves or snow. I can’t think of anything more comforting than waking up to a world wrapped in the colors of fall or the soft white of winter and having a bowl of this Hot Spiced Apple Cider Oatmeal to go with the view.

Forget the Pumpkin Spice Latte, and try this Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal for some wonderful fall flavor. And then you can grab your latte on the way home from the day later if you must.

Which ones are your favorite fall breakfasts?

So, what’s your breakfast preference? Do you even have it? If not, these ideas are a perfect place to start! Which one will you start with?

 

9 Savory Autumn Main Dishes

Autumn is just one of those seasons that involves special foods and dishes that we don’t necessarily enjoy other times of the year. And you know we could never just pass up the opportunity for a culinary celebration of all the fall foods! Two weeks ago we shared 17 Autumn Desserts that are sure to delight, and last week it was 14 Flavorful Fall Sides. As much as we might like to just have sides and desserts, main dishes are pretty important when it comes to dinner, so today we give you 9 Savory Autumn Main Dishes.

Chicken and Poultry for Fall

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Slow Cooker Recipes from Around the World

I’ve spent several weeks rounding up the best recipes for your slow cooker in every category I could think of. We started with sandwiches and side dishes and moved on to Tex-Mex favorites and breakfast/brunch options. The variety of flavors you can achieve with slow cooking is absolutely amazing, moving way beyond soups, stews and chicken. Today, I’m adding some international flavor to our series with slow cooker recipes from around the world that I’m sure your family will enjoy.

 

Africa, India and the Middle East

  • This African Pulled Beef Sandwich is based on a sandwich served at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. And while it may not be as authentic as the one you would find in Africa, it’s  so flavorful you just might think you’re there!

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Slow Cooker Breakfasts for a month of weekdays

It’s a well-established fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Some would argue that it’s also the tastiest. But many would also agree that it’s the toughest one to get on the table and actually enjoy before the demands of the day kick in. With the aid of your slow cooker and a little outside-the-box thinking a healthy make-ahead breakfast can be more than a possibility. Today I’m sharing enough slow cooker breakfasts for a month of weekdays. That’s an entire month’s worth of prepped the night before and simply scooped out and enjoyed in each morning.

Breakfast Casseroles

  • This Breakfast Casserole from Karen at 365 Days of Crockpot includes all the basics – sausage, eggs, hash browns and cheese. And you really can’t go wrong throwing in a few veggies too, like spinach or mushrooms.
  • This Easy Breakfast Casserole is perfect for a late morning brunch or cooking all night for an early breakfast. It’s a classic comfort food at it’s best
  • I’ve added a little trick to my slow cooker Hashbrown Casserole that allows you to enjoy some breakfast ham or smoked sausage with your hashbrown casserole and very little extra effort.
  • This Loaded Cheesy Potato Casserole is not your basic cheesy potato dish. It’s been kicked up a notch or three compliments of my sister and her crowd-pleasing comfort-food recipe.

  • Frittatas are such a filling option for breakfast or brunch, and this Ham and Swiss Frittata is no exception. It’s loaded with wonderful flavors and it just looks pretty sitting on a plate, though it won’t last long there at all!

Grains & Sweets

  • Grits are a staple here in the south, but they do take a chunk of time in the morning. Unless you have this recipe for Slow Cooker Grits from Add a Pinch, that is. Then you can put your grits in the night before and they’re all ready for a hearty southern breakfast come morning.
  • This Cinnamon Swirl Pancake Bake from Dawn at Cutefetti only takes about an hour in the morning and it bakes while you get the rest of your day started. As opposed to stopping your routine to fix breakfast. How wonderful is that?!

Photo credit to Mary at Berefeet in the Kitchen

  • Peanut butter and chocolate chips and granola and a slow cooker? There’s really no need to convince you to try this Chocolate Chip Granola from Mary at Barefeet in the Kitchen now is there? Yum!

Oatmeal 6 Different Ways

  • If you’ve ever wanted a big slice of apple pie for breakfast, but just didn’t see it as a healthy option, then this Slow Cooked Apple Oatmeal recipe is for you. In an attempt to keep it healthy, I would recommend adding milk as opposed to ice cream as a side.

  • If hot spiced apple cider is more to your liking, then you’ll want to toss this Hot Spiced Apple Cider Oatmeal into the slow cooker before you head to bed tonight. Waking up in the morning shouldn’t be a problem with the lovely scent that will greet you!
  • The citrus flavor with the sweet-tart cranberry taste is a great way to start the day. Especially when it comes in the form of a bowl of Cranberry Orange Oatmeal as opposed to say a sugar-topped muffin.
  • It’s a good thing when your husband texts you mid-morning to tell you that breakfast was awesome. When he does that two different morning, then you know you have a winner of a recipe. You can find out what all the fuss is about this Gingerbread Oatmeal!

  • Peaches and cream for breakfast? Yes, please! You can add this Peaches and Cream Oatmeal to your slow cooker and set it to be ready in the morning. You’ll find the recipe and a sweet little tip to make your slow cooker programmable, just in case you didn’t purchase a programmable one.
  • Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal is full of all the pumpkin pie spices we know and love, and you don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving, or October to enjoy it. It’s perfectly cozy and tasty all year round!

Fruits & Such

  • Scalloped Peaches would make for a wonderful weekend breakfast paired with a favorite protein and a tableful or family. There’s something about fresh fruit that makes you just want to slow down and enjoy a bit. It’s such a great tone to set for the day, don’t you think?
  • Steph’s Poached Stuffed Pears, from her blog 52 Kitchen Adventures, would make a fine dessert. But why not breakfast with their fruit, nut and sweet spice ingredient list. It’s definitely a sweet way to start your day!

Photo credits to Steph at 52 Kitchen Adventures

  • This Blueberry Butter is similar to an apple butter, but obviously with blueberries. Steph shared this on her blog 52 Kitchen Adventures and it’s such a great way to savor the flavor of blueberries all year round, on toast or pancakes or mixed in with yogurt. Yum!
  • Homemade Apple Sauce is super easy to make if you have an apple corer/peeler. And once you have the homemade apple sauce, you’ll be hard pressed to go back to the store-bought variety. Ever.

Photo credits to Kimberly at Daring Gourmet

  • Did you know that you can make Yogurt in your slow cooker using this recipe from Kimberly at The Daring Gourmet? It does take time for the yogurt to process, but the hands-on time is minimal and the result is a creamy Greek yogurt that you can top enjoy with pretty much all of the other breakfast recipes I’ve shared here.

Clearly, slow cookers are for much more than just dinner!

Try a few of these recipes this week and tell me if your morning coffee doesn’t taste just a little better when it’s accompanied with a hearty breakfast that you didn’t have to stress over as soon as your feet hit the floor! Which one will you start with?

 

21 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 slow cooker recipes make a frequent appearance on our dinner table.

 

One of the most popular recipes on the site is the slow cooker fajitas. They require minimal prep time, so you can get them into the slow cooker quickly. And the slow cooking melds the flavors beautifully. Plus, making them in the slow cooker means it’s an easy choice when feeding a crowd!

I love that both beef and chicken are so freezer friendly. That means you can prep them in batches and easily grab one for the slow cooker in the morning! As far as freezer friendly foods go, shredded taco beef is a huge time-saver for me. I make up a big batch, and freeze the leftovers for later. Super easy, and there are so many meals you can make using taco meat as a base.

And speaking of 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, here are 12 of the go-to family favorites at our house. Enjoy!

21 Tex-Mex Slow Cooker Recipes

  • These Beef Fajitas look pretty all prepped in the crockpot and they taste even better after cooking all day.
  • Smoky Chipotle Chicken Tacos – when every word in the name of a recipe makes your mouth water, then you know dinner’s going to be good!

  • Sloppy Chicken Tacos is another Tex-Mex Chicken recipe served the way a taco should always be … slightly sloppy!
  • Chicken Fajitas are a quick and tasty weeknight dinner to toss in the slow cooker before you start your day and they’re ready for dinner whenever you are!

  • The picture and short ingredient list don’t really require an explanation for these tasty Pork Carnitas
  • Beans are so easy to make ahead and pull out on those crazy nights when you need a quick dinner at home. You’ll find all the details for cooking them ahead and freezing for later in this post.

From other Bloggers

These pictures are from the original blogs and, be warned, you may feel more than slightly hungry after perusing the delightful slow cooker Tex-Mex ideas below …

Slow Cooker Enchiladas

  • Layer upon layer of tortillas and enchilada fixin’s make these Slow Cooker Enchiladas from Pocket Change Gourmet a wonderful dinner to come home to at the end of the day!
  • Tamales, in a casserole, in the crock pot? Brilliant! Thanks to Lynn at Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures for sharing her Tamale Casserole recipe!

  • Kalyn over at Kalyn’s Kitchen has shared this recipe for her uber-healthy and scrumptious Green Chili Shredded Beef Bowls.
  • Cumin Pork Roast and Beans are the foundation of this delightful slow cooker creation from $5 Dinners and tastes wonderful rolled up in a tortilla or served over a bed of lettuce.

  • These Carnitas and Paleo Nachos from Annie at Worthy Pause are tasty, paleo and made in a slow cooker. It’s pretty much the trifecta of healthy dinners!
  • If you’ve never had a taco stuffed with pulled pork and Mexican slaw, then you’ll want to try this Pulled Pork and Mexican Slaw recipe from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures.

  • Shredded Pork Tostadas are like a shredded pork taco all dressed up and ready to impress. This recipe from the sisters over at Favorite Family Recipes is perfect for the slow cooker.
  • This Cowboy Casserole from Family Fresh Meals combines everyone’s favorites – potatoes, beef, beans, corn and cheese into one “so-good-it-won’t-last-long” easy prep, easy clean-up meal.

  • If you’ve never tasted Brazilian Feijoada Pork and Black Beans, then let me suggest that you add this dinner from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe to this week’s menu and shopping list. Fejoida has an amazing flavor profile that you’ll want to come back to time and again!
  • Cilantro Lime Fish Tacos in the crockpot? Yes please! Thank you to Katie from Fun Home Things for sharing this one on her blog!

  • Vegetarian Fajitas from Jessica at The Pieper Life are a wonderful option for an easy meatless meal, and it freezes well so you can eat half tonight and save the other half for another day. Yay!
  • Vegetarian Taco Dip from Pocket Change Gourmet is scrumptious with tortilla chips, or on a bed of lettuce for a fresh salad.

  • Deborah over at Taste and Tell Blog has answered the question of how to bundle the goodness of a tamale into a meatball in these Tamale Balls. And the answer is delicious!

Ever wonder what you can serve with Tex-Mex?

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

11 Slow Cooker Side Dish Recipes

Have I ever mentioned that I love my slow cooker? Yeah, I thought so! Apparently, I’m not the only one too! And why not! You can do basically everything in a slow cooker. From all-day barbecue to slow cooker side dishes, from overnight breakfasts all the way to decadent desserts like cheesecake, the slow cooker can do it all.  They easily qualify as a kitchen workhorse by saving time, keeping the house cool and making food prep super simple for a small family or a large crowd! I absolutely love using my slow cooker for gatherings. It makes my life so much easier in so many ways.

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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 place to start. These recipes are easy to put together and are definitely crowd pleasers. Pair them with summer food and you’ve got yourself a party or holiday dinners, whichever you prefer.

11 Easy Slow Cooker Side Dishes

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Loaded Cheesy Potato Casserole are sure to be a hit at your next potluck with all their cheesy goodness!

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Honey Glazed Carrots in the slow cooker  are both buttery and sweet. Yum!

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Corn Casserole in the Slow Cooker is a moist slightly sweet side dish with only 5 ingredients and less than 5 minutes of prep.

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Hashbrown Casserole in the slow cooker is just as tasty as it looks, and you can fix the meat in the slow cooker at the same time with a simple little trick included in this post

Winter Squash in the Slow Cooker

Acorn or Butternut Squash in the slow cooker is a perfect side dish, especially when you add some butter and a sprinkling of brown sugar!

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Homemade Apple Sauce in the Slow Cooker  is much simpler than you might think and it just might ruin you for the store-bought stuff once you taste this eat at home version. Consider yourself warned!

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Baked Beans in the Slow Cooker are a must for any dinner involving barbecue. These are classic with brown sugar, molasses and bacon. Yum!

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The cheesy goodness of Scalloped Potatoes in the Slow Cooker? Yes, please!

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Sweet Potatoes and Apples in the Slow Cooker are a tasty combination of fruit and veggies with plenty of sweet spices mixed in!

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And if you prefer squash over sweet potatoes, then try this Apples and Butternut Squash in the Slow Cooker recipe.

This Cheesy Cauliflower from Simply Nourished Living is so tasty you won’t believe that it’s actually weight watcher friendly!

Go ahead and feel free to pin the image below so you can easily find these tasty slow cooker side dishes for when you need a quick, crowd-pleasing dish!

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Slow Cooker Beer Brats (or Italian Sausages)

Slow Cooker Beer Brats

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, the slow cooker doesn’t heat up your house, go have fun while it cooks – my kind of recipe!

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Sweet Decadent Slow Cooker Desserts

Slow Cooker Dessert Series

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 slow cooker desserts 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

*pictures from other blogs are noted with their watermark and may cause a bit of drooling

Based on a bread pudding served at ‘Ohana at the Polynesian Resort in Walt Disney World, this Bananas Foster Bread Pudding is a big hit at our house!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake is such a classic made easier with the help of your trusty slow cooker.

Blueberry Crisp is always a favorite with the sweetness of blueberries and it’s crisy topping and a side of vanilla ice cream. This recipe was adapted from the book Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist and it’s absolutely yummy!

Salted Caramel Cobbler! For those rare days when you want dessert but it doesn’t have to include chocolate. You’re welcome!

This Chocolate Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust and Nut Topping  is smooth and rich and oh-so-very chocolatey.  The pretzel crust adds a bit of salty to the sweet chocolate and the nut topping brings a little crunch to the creamy. If you’ve never tried a cheesecake in the slow cooker, here’s proof that it’s worth it!

This Apricot Crisp is a six-ingredient cobbler that starts with a few cans of apricots, or your favorite fruit and helps end your day on the sweetest of notes.

There’s a reason chocolate covered cherries have been popular for years, they’re a delicious combination of the tartness of cherries with the sweetness of chocolate. These Brownies and Cherries are based on that same delightful combination and make enough for a crowd, unlike a little box of chocolate covered cherries!

This Salted Caramel Apple Cake is a delightful blend of sweet and salty that’s definitely company-worthy.

What happens when you combine caramel and apples and crispy topping in a slow cooker? Well then you have Apple Caramel Crisp and everyone knows that calls for a hearty scoop of vanilla ice cream! Yes, please!

Chocolate Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Sauce may have some of those classic fall ingredients but, trust me, it’s perfectly delightful in any season!

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake from Skinny Ms is the best of both worlds – healthy and decadent!

Triple Chocolate Brownies are 3 times the chocolate from Martha Stewart, and everybody knows that is a good thing!

How fun is this Rocky Road Chocolate Fondue from Six Sisters Stuff for a gathering of friends and family?

This Chocolate Tapioca Pudding from Simple Nourished Living blends the richness of chocolate with the comfort level of tapioca pudding for a fabulous dessert!

The picture alone of this Triple Chocolate Pudding Cake from Deborah at Taste and Tell, is a hint at how yummy it is. Especially when you can fix it in the slow cooker!

Combine a few pantry staples, put it in the slow cooker and a few hours later…ta da! You have a  Chocolate Cobbler with fudgy sauce that pretty much begs for a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

And then there’s this Sweet Heat Chex Mix for those “on-the-go” sweet treats that we all need from time to time!

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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. Especially when there are so many tasty crockpot chicken recipes!

Chicken has to be one of the most versatile meat. You can fix crockpot chicken in dozens of ways–Tex-Mex, Italian, Asian and good old American BBQ. It’s a huge plus that chicken is 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 crockpot chicken dishes that I can whip up in there.

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From mouthwatering 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 crockpot 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!)

4-ingredient Crockpot Chicken Recipes

Can I interest you in 4-ingredient recipes? Yeah, I thought so! Here are a few of these treasures, in no particular order

Apricot Soy Ginger Chicken can be made with or without the bones and the side dish possibilities are endless for this one!

Black Bean and Salsa Chicken is another favorite where the slow cooker does the work for you. And my kids actually said, “Wow!” when they tasted this one. Who among us can’t use a few extra “mom hero” points for a yummy dinner?!

Chili Sauce Chicken Legs may not be known for their photogenic qualities, but this is a kid-pleasing recipe that’s super easy to fix in the crockpot.

Honey Mustard Chicken only has 3 ingredients, unless you count shaking in a little salt and pepper. You really can’t beat an ingredient list that short!

Chicken and Broccoli “Stir Fry” technically can’t exactly be made in a slow cooker. But you can make a pretty good fake! I’ve made this recipe twice now.  It’s easy and quick to fix. The chicken gets cooked in stir fry sauce for several hours. The veggies are added later, so they don’t get mushy.

Or maybe you prefer 3-ingredient crockpot chicken recipes?

Zingy BBQ Chicken is a delicious way to use up small amounts of bbq sauce and salad dressing. Or just get creative with what you can round up in the fridge!

These Teriyaki BBQ Chicken Legs could not be any easier to eat, or throw together.

And a few slightly sweet 5-ingredient recipes too

Did you know you can convert all kinds of recipes to cook in the slow cooker?  This Maple Apple Chicken started out as a skillet meal.  I didn’t have time to cook it right before dinner, but I did have a few minutes earlier in the day to put ingredients in the slow cooker.

Feel free to alter this Brown Sugar Chicken and Sweet Potatoes Recipe as you see fit.  Add more butter and brown sugar.  Or less. Or add apples too. Or use carrots instead of sweet potatoes.  I don’t think you can mess this one up. Adapt away!

Salad + these Crockpot Chicken Recipes = Dinner is served!

A Complete BBQ Chicken Dinner cooked in the slow cooker!  The trick is in foil packets and layering the food.

Please don’t let the sauerkraut deter you from trying this Lemon Chicken Baked on Sauerkraut.  It is so good! The chicken turns out moist and flavorful.  And the sauerkraut is quite as kraut-y or sour as it can be in other dishes.

Chicken and Gravy may not be the most photogenic of dinners, but it tastes great. Add some rice and you have a perfect busy day dinner.

I put this Italian Parmesan Herb Chicken and Potatoes together before church one Sunday morning.  It smelled (and tasted!) fantastic when we got home.  If you have garden fresh tomatoes, they make a wonderful side dish.

Baked Chicken with Summer Veggies is another stovetop recipe turned crockpot chicken option. And it’s all right there in one pot.

Chicken Spaghetti is one of those classic recipes that gets passed around alot. And the crockpot version is even easier than the original.

Chicken and Gravy may not be the most photogenic of dinners, but it tastes great. Add some rice and you have a perfect busy day dinner.

For those days when you’re craving Italian Cuisine

The combination of spices in Italian Seasoned Salt Chicken brings a wonderful Italian flavor to all kinds of chicken or pasta dishes.

You can start marinating the chicken for this Italian Chicken with Tomatoes recipe the night before, or just give it 20-30 minutes to marinate right before cooking.  The choice is yours. Do what works best with your schedule.

And let’s not forget this classic, easy and crowd-pleasing slow cooker Chicken Cacciatore! This dish is full of chicken, bell peppers and onions in homemade tomato sauce.  Red wine brings more flavor to the sauce, but you can leave this out if you need to.  The chicken and sauce are delicious served over hot pasta.

Or maybe more Middle and Far Eastern Flavors are more your taste

If you’re trying to eat at home instead of getting take-out on a regular basis, then here are two crockpot chicken recipes that you’ll want to try soon. This Thai Peanut Chicken may actually take less time to prepare than to pick up take-out. If peanut chicken isn’t your thing then you can try Cantonese Sweet and Sour Chicken.

Crockpot Chicken Curry is one of our most popular recipes at Eat at Home. And it only requires six ingredients.

This Chicken Shawarma is a crockpot chicken recipe that I adapted from Lisa at Jersey Girl Cooks. The roasted chicken that she starts with looks fabulous, but I opted for a crockpot version that requires less hands-on time, but still delivers wonderful Middle-eastern flavor.

Perhaps Latin Cuisine is your favorite

And who doesn’t love Latin-inspired dishes? Honestly, I could eat it every night!

Several years ago, I discovered an easy way to make Crockpot Chicken Fajitas. The best part is all the flavors really cook well together. And leftovers are even better.

This Chicken Tacos  recipe was created simply by standing in front of the pantry and pulling out a few likely ingredients.  I needed something that would be ready to eat when we got home, with minimal fuss required. Oh, and I only had about 3 minutes to get it fixed and get out the door.

If you prefer your tacos with a little kick, then these Chipotle Chicken Tacos are the ones for you!

Or how about these Creamy Jalapeno Chicken Tacos? These were such a hit!  They have just enough spice to make them interesting without being too spicy.  The sweetness of the corn balances the spice. And they’ve got cream cheese. What more can you ask for?

And then there are Crockpot Chicken Recipes that use all the herbs and spices

When the name of a recipe is Garlic Chicken with More Garlic, then you just know it’s going to be good! The garlic takes on a nutty, roasted flavor and the seasoning on the chicken compliments the other flavors.

Zesty Crockpot Chicken is another simple crockpot chicken recipe that doesn’t disappoint.  I like to serve it with couscous that I cook with the broth and onions from the chicken.

Garlic Rosemary Chicken is a great way to use up fresh rosemary from the garden. It’s a tasty version of basic chicken and potatoes.  I used boneless chicken, but the dish would have even more flavor if you used chicken with bones

And finally, there’s King Ranch Chicken. There are a million ways to make it, but this slow cooker recipe gets the gist of it.  The only thing missing is corn tortillas. The potatoes are filling in for the tortillas.

What’s your favorite Crockpot Chicken recipe?

It’s a bit hard to choose, even just from this list of 29+1 crockpot chicken recipes, much less all the other ones out there!

Maybe you have a favorite chicken recipe that you only wish were a crockpot recipe. If so, you can check out these 6 tips for converting recipes to use for the crockpot.

Then be sure to let us know what your favorite is!

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