A week of slow cooker dinners

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I’m a huge fan of using our slow cooker. It is so simple to prepare a meal, leave it cooking and then serve it up when we are ready to eat. If our plans change or our my daughter doesn’t want to go to bed, then dinner won’t be ruined. We can set the slow cooker to keep warm and our dinner will be waiting for us when the time is right. Another thing that I love about using the slow cooker is that we can use cheaper cuts of meat and bulk out our meals with lots of healthy vegetables. I’ve posted a fair few slow cooker recipes here now and I want to share with you today a week of slow cooker dinners.

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A week of slow cooker dinners

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Beef casserole

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Pulled pork

A week of slow cooker dinners slow cooker roast chicken

Whole chicken

A week of slow cooker dinners Sausage-cassoulet

Sausage cassoulet

A week of slow cooker dinners Slow-cooker-chicken-curry

Chicken curry

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Beef chilli

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Jacket potatoes

Being able to use my slow cooker saves us money, time and effort. It also means that we have a hot meal ready at the end of a long day – which is really needed sometimes! Fellow parents will know only too well what I’m talking about I’m sure! What else will you serve a glass of wine alongside?

A lot of the above meals in this week of slow cooker dinners are quite meat heavy, but as a result there are often leftovers if you are just cooking for 2 or 3 people. For example I often have meat left from the whole chicken which I use for sandwiches, salads and even omelettes for our lunches.

I tend to cook the jacket potatoes the day after we’ve enjoyed the slow cooker beef chilli. This means we have leftovers to use up and this is a super simple, and cheap, meal for us to enjoy. This week of slow cooker dinners is easy to shop for, simple to prepare for in advance if required and means you can have a delicious, hearty dinner every night.

Looking for other ways to make life a little easier at meal times? Check out my meal planning tips for mince and how to avoid overspending on groceries too.

These are a few of my favourite slow cooker cookbooks too for further inspiration:

 

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A week of slow cooker dinners to help you get organised, meal plan, save money on groceries and have a nice hot dinner every night

14 Responses

  1. Emily Nellist September 10, 2017 / 11:06 am

    Never even thought of jacket potatoes in a slow cooker! Such a fab idea, I hate coming home after a long day at work and having to slave over a meal.

    • katykicker September 10, 2017 / 11:21 am

      The slow cooker is great for that, just get home and prepare any sides and you’re ready to eat!

  2. Gerri Spiers September 10, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    great post. I am thinking of getting a slow cooker – seems you can cook almost anything it it.

    • katykicker September 10, 2017 / 5:42 pm

      You really can! So convenient and versatile!

  3. Kira September 10, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    I use my slow cooker all the time! Never actually tried a sausage casserole x

    • katykicker September 10, 2017 / 5:42 pm

      We had one tonight, really yummy!

  4. emma September 11, 2017 / 9:41 am

    Wow, I never knew you could cook a whole chicken or jacket potatoes in a slow cooker! I love mine and will be trying out some of these soon! x

    • katykicker September 11, 2017 / 10:25 am

      There is so much you can do in one. I find ours so handy!

  5. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... September 11, 2017 / 10:42 am

    Chris has a slow cooker but it has stayed in its box since we moved in together 2 years ago. Now the older 2 are at school maybe I will dig it out and start experimenting!

    • katykicker September 11, 2017 / 1:20 pm

      Ooh yes please do – they are SO good! Just avoid the temptation of opening the lid over and over x

  6. Nadia September 11, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    This all looks so good. I really want a alow cooker so I can try it out x

    • katykicker September 11, 2017 / 1:33 pm

      You can often find them for just £10 in places like Asda.

  7. Emily and Indiana September 12, 2017 / 1:16 pm

    How did I not know you could do jacket potatoes in the slow cooker?! I love making stews and casseroles in mine over the winter especially xx

    • katykicker September 14, 2017 / 7:21 pm

      Everyone keeps saying this to me! xx

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