The weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer, but that doesn’t mean your slow cooker should retreat back to the basement just yet! There are still so many spring dishes you can make with this versatile appliance. From succulent pulled pork to fragrant chicken shawarma, you’ll love the fresh flavour and easy clean-up these recipes deliver.
Slow Cooker Asparagus-Barley Risotto
Asparagus is at its freshest in the spring, and this slow cooker risotto is a great way to enjoy the green, vitamin-packed veggie. Using barley will give you a firmer textured, fibre-rich dish. But if you crave traditionally creamy risotto, use Arborio rice instead. Get creative with those spring stalks by trying one of these delicious ways to use fresh asparagus.
Slow Cooker Overnight Breakfast Casserole
Set, sleep and then eat! Just toss the ingredients for this super-simple casserole in your slow cooker, and wake up to find breakfast ready! All you need to do is brew a pot of coffee. Casserole even more of your morning meals with overnight French toast and other easy breakfast casseroles.
Slow Cooker Ham, Cheese and Spinach Crustless Quiche
This healthy slow cooker quiche avoids flours by making it crustless! To make this a complete meal, toss some arugula or salad greens in a vinaigrette, and top the quiche with a generous serving.
The Pioneer Woman's Slow Cooker Bolognese
Come home to the welcoming aroma of Ree Drummond’s rich, hearty Bolognese sauce simmering in your slow cooker. Serve it with your favourite pasta shape, or opt for veggie noodles like zucchini or sweet potato. Let the Pioneer Woman inspire you with her best spring recipes straight from the ranch kitchen.
Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes
Put your slow cooker to the test with this classic creamy potato side dish. Tip: add a little bit of flour to help thicken and stabilize the cream.
Slow Cooker Ham with Apricot-Dijon Glaze
By making your ham in a slow cooker, you leave your oven free to make an array of scrumptious side dishes. Plus, you can have fun with glazes for the ham by switching the apricot jam for other fruit preserves like pineapple or peach.
Slow Cooker Mushroom Barley Risotto
Meaty mushrooms and filling barley beef up this vegetarian main that’s stewing in the slow cooker after just 10 minutes of prep.
Slow Cooker Enchiladas Two Ways
If your family can’t decide between red or green enchiladas, this simple hack allows you to make both in your slow cooker at the same time. The vegetarian green enchiladas are filled with corn, Pepper Jack cheese and black beans, and the spicy red enchiladas have chicken breast and grated sharp Cheddar.
Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff
Stroganoff is typically made with morsels of beef, but this slow cooker recipe uses boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead. With only 15 minutes of prep and four hours of cooking time, it’s a tasty dish to add to your weeknight meal rotation.
Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
Cocoa powder is the secret ingredient that gives this dish a deep mole flavour, while helping to thicken up the sauce in this delectable chili recipe.
Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler
After a day of cooking and entertaining, easy and delicious dessert is the name of the game. This super simple and seriously sweet peach cobbler is topped with pecans for a satisfying end to your menu.
Slow Cooker Asian-Style Drumsticks
These sweet and sticky Asian-inspired drumsticks with just a hint of spice can be prepared in the morning and set in the slow cooker to simmer all day. When they’re ready, serve them with your favourite steamed rice. Satisfy your craving for pot stickers, Kung Pao chicken and more from the comfort of your kitchen with these Chinese takeout dishes you can master at home.
Slow Cooker Carnitas with Avocado Crema
Seasoned pork shoulder is cooked low and slow until it reaches melt-in-your-mouth perfection. Once it’s ready, the meal possibilities are endless. Serve with corn tortillas for a family taco night, or try it on a roll for a Mexican-inspired pulled pork sandwich. For even more exciting ways to make pork, check out these succulent slow cooker pork recipes.
Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs
Make sure to serve this hygge favourite of Sweden with either lingonberry or red currant jelly, a traditional condiment pairing to complement and tame these savoury meatballs. You can also try these Scandinavian cardamon buns.
Slow Cooker Sloppy Joe Sliders
Barbecue season is right around the corner, and these saucy, beefy sandwiches should help tide you over until it’s warm enough to grill. Sliders are a winning appetizer for a tasty family-friendly dinner spent at home. A slow cooker helps get this dish together with less mess.
Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage
It doesn’t have to be St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy this classic dish made with melt-in-your-mouth brisket, cabbage, potatoes and veggies. Let it cook low and slow for about eight hours, and then serve it with a creamy horseradish sauce.
Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Cheesecake
The gentle heat and moist environment of a slow cooker will keep this cheesecake, sweetened with the darker flavour of brown sugar, creamy and crack-free.
The Kitchen's Slow Cooker Pot Roast
With this slow cooker recipe, you can enjoy pot roast for dinner any day of the week. Serve the mouthwatering sliced meat with creamy mashed potatoes or your favourite side dishes. Plus, the leftovers are perfect for sandwiches the next day.
Slow Cooker Pulled Turkey Sandwiches
This simple slow-cooker sandwich serves juicy, pulled turkey on a soft, sesame-crusted hamburger bun. Top with pickles and/or coleslaw for added flavour.
Slow Cooker Chicken and Broccoli
Nutrient-packed broccoli and wallet-friendly chicken thighs are a glorious duo that make dinner decisions way less daunting. This recipe from Ree Drummond herself gets a dose of Asian flavour as it’s slowly simmered in a mixture of soy sauce, fresh ginger, garlic and Sriracha.
Pulled Pork with Fried Shallots and Chilis
Juicy, perfectly flavoured pork is cooked slow and low until it is fall-apart tender. Crispy shallots and chilies give this popular dish a crunchy pop.
Italian Slow Cooker Beef Sandwiches
Slow cooked Italian seasoned beef is piled high on fresh French bread and topped with garlicky giardiniera (Italian-American relish) aioli.
Lightened-Up Slow Cooker Chicken Buffalo Dip
This Buffalo chicken dip is heavy on flavour yet light on calories. Made with shredded rotisserie chicken, low-fat Cheddar and reduced-fat cream cheese, skip the chips and serve it with carrot and celery sticks.