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
15
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 Beef Stew

Rating: 4.75 stars
5
Load the crock pot and go with this stew recipe that's prepped in the morning and simmers all day so you'll come home to a Sunday-worthy dinner (and your house smelling downright heavenly). Tender beef, melt-in-your-mouth potatoes and carrots in a rich broth--this could be the best and easiest beef stew you've ever made.

Slow-Cooked Ranch Chicken and Vegetables

Rating: 4.17 stars
7
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 Arroz con Pollo (Chicken & Rice)

Rating: 5 stars
2
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 Baby Back Ribs

Rating: 4.75 stars
4
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.

Eggplant and Sausage Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

Using a slow cooker makes this Italian style dish an easy meal for any night of the week.

Slow-Cooker Pasta e Fagioli Soup Freezer Pack

Rating: 2.67 stars
2
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.

Sweet Potato & Barley Chili

Rating: 4 stars
1
If you're ready for something different, try this hearty slow-cooked chili made with sweet potato, pearled barley, and red beans.

Pasta Puttanesca with Beef

Rating: 5 stars
3
This easy slow cooker ground beef and pasta recipe makes a great meal any night of 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.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Rating: 5 stars
2
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.

Savory Bean Spinach Soup

Rating: 5 stars
3
Let a slow cooker complete this vegetarian soup. Serve it in cups as a sandwich side or ladle it into bowls for a light meal.
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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.

Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

Rating: 5 stars
1

This healthy copycat recipe for classic Buffalo dip cooks in your slow cooker for an easy, hands-off appetizer you can keep warm for the whole game, party or any casual gathering. Serve with carrot sticks, celery sticks and tortilla chips for dipping.