Slow cookers are funny things. They are these inanimate objects that, in our experience, many people seem to want to write love letters to. People go bananas when we share slow cooker recipes. There is something about them that ignites passio about getting in the kitchen. Why? Maybe because they let people get out of the kitchen. They have this magic ability to transform a handful of ingredients + 5 minutes into a simmering, fragrant, and piping hot meal to come home to. So today we’re shouting out a handful of our favorites, so oldies and some newbies, so you can get busy (but like only a little) in the kitchen.

Crock pot maple overnight oats by Fit Foodie Finds

Make a huge vat of overnight oats but have it warm and ready for you. Use this easy recipe as your base! You can get crafty with the toppings.

Sweet potato basil bisque: by Paleo OMG

Just try to find a simpler recipe than this. I dare you. These are items that are easy to always have on hand, and also, cheap!

Marrakech chicken stew with preserved lemons & olives – from the Art of the Slow Cooker

YES. These flavors, herbs, spices: sign us up. This is one to throw together when you’re having guests over.

Herbed chicken – by Epicurious

Did you know you can cook a whole chicken in a slow cooker? You can. You won’t get a crispy skin, but you will have PERFECTLY moist chicken on the inside to use a million ways.

Chicken pad thai with veggie noodles by Paleo Pot

This one will require slightly more effort but it’s got that DELICIOUS pad thai flavor and incredibly healthy. Give it a go!

Slow Cooker Lemongrass & Coconut Chicken by Stew, by yours truly Prescribe Nutrition

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds organic boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1“ pieces
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • Sea salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 thick stalk fresh lemongrass, papery outer skins and rough bottom removed
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger (about 2 inch knob)
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons tamari or coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon five spice powder
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Directions

  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place the chicken and the chopped onion into the slow cooker.
  2. Blend the lemongrass, garlic, ginger, coconut milk, fish sauce, tamari or coconut aminos, and five spice powder into a blender or food processor until smooth.
  3. Pour the marinade over the chicken and onion and set the slow cooker on low, cooking for about 4-5 hours.
  4. Garnish with cilantro and serve!