So, I went to go type up a recipe recap when I realized I haven’t posted one since August- whoops! As I started going through my Pinterest board I realized all of our most recent recipe finds were slow cooker meals. I’m not sure if I am just getting lazier or Leighton is wearing me out more lately, but I have been turning to my $20 Kmart “crock pot” more and more in the past few months.
As much as I loved the convenience of making dinner in the slow cooker, I found that a lot of times the chicken would get too dry or the recipes all tasted the same. Well, I will say I have changed my tune recently and have found so many good recipes. I also figured out through trial and error that my cooker happens to cook really fast, so if I use frozen chicken (we buy it from the deli and chunk it in the freezer when we get home), and cook for less time, the chicken stays nice and juicy.
Since most of you are bundled up for winter on the other side of the world, hopefully you will be extra grateful for some new recipes to keep you nice and toasty. Here are our favorites lately and a couple staples I have been making for years.
Slow Cooker Parmesean Herb Chicken and Orzo via Creme de la Crumb
We made this last week and it was not only tasty but it made enough for two dinners (for both of us) and a lunch! I am all about easy slow cooker recipes that keep me from having to cook two nights in a row. I would take her suggestion in the recipe notes and cook the orzo separately (I didn’t and it was a bit mushy).
Chicken Enchilada Soup via Mix and Match Mama
I love anything Mexican themed and Shay’s recipes rarely disappoint. We added cheese and a dollop of greek yogurt on top and it was so yummy.
Slow Cooker Hawaiian Shredded Chicken via The Real Food Dieticians
I have already made this recipe twice since I found it not too long ago. The chicken is so flavorful. We made the lettuce wraps and also used the chicken in a salad and on it’s own.
Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken via Diethood
My girlfriend sent me this link the other day when I asked her what her go to, easy recipes are. She suggested pairing it with brown rice and broccoli which is exactly what we did and it was perfect. Tasted just like takeaway garlic chicken!
Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken via BeautyfromBurntToast
I want to sing this recipes praises from the rooftops! Seriously, I made it last night and have already shared it with two friends. If you are a fun of Indian food, especially Butter Chicken, you need to make this. The best part is- the most unhealthy ingredient is coconut milk! It’s all coconut milk, tomato paste and spices! It tastes just like the butter chicken at our favorite indian restaurant. This one also makes a ton, so either halve the recipe or plan on eating it a few nights in a row.
Quick and Easy Lentil Quesadillas via Pinch of Yum
I’m pretty sure I have mentioned this recipe in at least one, if not two recipe recaps. It’s a staple around here (it’s also what I was cooking in my last day in the life post). It sounds kind of random if you’re not a big vegetarian fan, but I promise you will not miss the meat in these. They are very filling and tasty. I usually halve the recipe and we still have plenty of leftovers, but this time I didn’t and between the three of us we were eating lentil quesadillas for days. So half is plenty unless you are feeding a big family!
Chicken Tortilla Soup via Evolving Table
Another simple dump and go recipe that is made up of several ingredients you already have on hand. And who doesn’t love a bowl of tortilla soup?