A Soul-Warming Slow-Cooker Recipe for Every Day of the Week

Unleash your slow cooker's true potential.

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The weather is cold, and the to-do list is long. This can only mean one thing: It’s time to break out the slow cooker. If you’re guilty of only using yours every now and then, you should reconsider your appliance’s potential. Whether you want a hearty stew or a toasty cocktail, your slow cooker’s got your back. Read on to find recipes for every day of the week.

Sunday: Sweet Potato Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Oatmeal

Use a slow cooker to get a head start on a healthy breakfast with sweet potato oatmeal.

Prep this delicious oatmeal Saturday night, and wake up to a warm, healthy breakfast Sunday morning. Packed with nutrients, this oatmeal is the perfect way to recharge for the week ahead.

(Meatball) Monday: Whiskey Meatballs

Fall Slow Cooker Meals Whisky Meatballs

Fall Slow Cooker Meals Whisky Meatballs

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Debbie Wolfe

Show Monday who’s boss with a killer dinner everyone will love. Serve your meatballs on hoagie rolls to create super-simple sandwiches.

(Taco) Tuesday: Salsa Chicken Tacos

Buffalo & Blue Tacos

Buffalo & Blue Tacos

A plate of tacos with shredded rotisserie chicken and slaw.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Usher Tuesday in with the easiest meal ever. Simply pour a jar of salsa over four raw chicken breasts in your slow cooker, and let it cook on low for 6-8 hours. Shred the chicken after it’s thoroughly cooked, and fill taco shells with the shredded meat. Add any toppings you’d like.

Wednesday: Beef Stew 

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

A few minutes of morning preparation and this hearty slow cooker beef stew ready and waiting at the end of a long day.

You know what they say on Wednesdays: Push through with a bowl of stew. (OK, I made that up, but I think it has potential.) Spend a few minutes in the morning prepping this hearty stew to finish hump day strong.

Thursday: Minestrone Soup

Winter Soup

Winter Soup

This hearty winter minestrone will keep your belly full and warm.

Load up on your veggies to ensure you’re feeling 100 percent for the weekend. This warm, winter soup is equal parts hearty and healthy, making it the perfect Thursday night dinner.

Friday: Cranberry Pomegranate Punch

Holiday Slow Cooker Cocktails

Holiday Slow Cooker Cocktails

Slow Cooker Cocktails for the Holidays

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Celebrate the end of a workweek with warm cranberry pomegranate punch. This festive slow-cooker drink is perfect for a holiday party.

Saturday: Spiked Gingerbread Latte

Holiday Slow Cooker Cocktails

Holiday Slow Cooker Cocktails

Slow Cooker Cocktails for the Holidays

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

‘Tis the season for gingerbread — and vodka. Warm up and wind down with a tasty gingerbread latte. Prepare it early in the day to enjoy the scent while you complete holiday to-dos. 

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