Family Slow-Cooker & Crockpot Recipes

Find healthy, delicious family slow-cooker and crockpot recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Slow-Cooker Vegetable Soup

Rating: 4 stars
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Make a big batch of low-calorie veggie-packed soup with ease in this load-and-go crock pot recipe. After simmering away in the slow cooker, portion it into individual serving containers and store in the fridge or freezer for fast, healthy lunches or an easy, satisfying snack. This weight-loss vegetable soup fills you up without a lot of calories, plus it's an easy way to eat more vegetables.

Slow-Cooker Vegetable Minestrone Soup

Rating: 5 stars
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A winter classic, this crock pot version of minestrone is heavy on the vegetables and light on the pasta, keeping carbs in check while providing plenty of flavor.

Slow-Cooker Pasta e Fagioli Soup Freezer Pack

Rating: 2.67 stars
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Your favorite restaurant soup just got easier and healthier with this freezer-to-crock-pot recipe. If you keep a special bottle of olive oil on hand for stand-out dishes, this is the recipe to pull it out for. The headiness of the fruity olive oil truly elevates the flavors in this Italian meal-prep slow-cooker soup.

Slow-Cooked Ranch Chicken and Vegetables

Rating: 4.17 stars
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This creamy, veggie-packed chicken dinner comes together easily in your slow-cooker-and makes enough for another night's casserole (see associated recipe)!

Slow-Cooker Braised Beef with Carrots & Turnips

Rating: 4.86 stars
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The spice blend in this healthy beef stew recipe--cinnamon, allspice and cloves--may conjure images of apple pie, but the combo is a great fit in savory applications too. Serve over creamy polenta or buttered whole-wheat egg noodles.

Slow-Cooker Arroz con Pollo (Chicken & Rice)

Rating: 5 stars
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This one-pot chicken dinner, inspired by the traditional dish of Spain and Latin America, comes together easily in the crock pot. The instant brown rice is added near the end, to keep it from overcooking.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Rating: 5 stars
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Turn classic chicken parm into meatballs with this easy load-and-go appetizer recipe with a cheesy surprise inside. Making meatballs for a party? Switch your crock pot to warm for serving all party long.

Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Lasagna

Rating: 3.89 stars
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Sure, the slow cooker's great for stews and soups, but it also happens to make a mean lasagna! In this ingenious slow-cooker recipe, all you have to do is chop your veggies, then layer the ingredients (raw) into the crockpot. Serve with: Garlic bread and a green salad.

Slow-Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Rating: 4 stars
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This slow-cooker Beef Stroganoff recipe brings together tender beef and fresh mushrooms served over hot noodles with a creamy sauce.

Slow-Cooker Overnight Oatmeal with Apples & Walnuts

This oatmeal recipe is great when you have guests and want to serve them a special breakfast. Everything cooks in the slow-cooker overnight--all you need to do in the morning is throw together the roasted apple and walnut topping, and serve!

Slow-Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Rating: 4.75 stars
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This easy load-and-go crock pot recipe is a great dinner to make with your kids. Let the kids stir the sauce while you rub the ribs, then just let the slow cooker do the rest of the work! Serve with a colorful coleslaw and brown rice.

Pasta Puttanesca with Beef

Rating: 5 stars
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This easy slow cooker ground beef and pasta recipe makes a great meal any night of the week.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Healthy Kid-Friendly Slow Cooker Meals for Busy Families

Everyone's busy with school, work and evening activities, but a family still has to eat! These healthy load-and-go slow-cooker recipes call for minimal prep, which you can do ahead to save even more time during the week.

Pork Zuppa

This rich Italian soup, made with ground pork and potatoes, is sure to satisfy everyone who tries it. Using a slow cooker makes this recipe easy to execute.