I love easy slow cooker meals that can be prepped ahead of time, are healthy, delicious and don’t take a lot of preparation. Slow cooker meals that require no cooking ahead of time (what’s the point of that?!) or browning of meat. Kid-friendly slow cooker meals. And, slow cooker meals that are just as good in the summer as they are in the winter.
That is why I love this dish. My husband, baby girl and I all love it. (Confession my picky toddler won’t eat any of it but the sweet potatoes) I can make it ahead of time AND it tastes good 1-2 days later! If you’re looking for an easy, healthy weeknight crockpot meal, here it is.
Crockpot Chicken, Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Curry
Here’s what you need:
- 1 15 oz can full-fat coconut milk
- 1/2 cup chicken broth low sodium
- 3 tablespoons curry powder
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 whole cauliflower, chopped (about 1 1/2 to 2 cups)
- 1 medium onion thinly sliced
- 15 oz can chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, diced
- 15 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup frozen green peas
- Optional; for serving: Rice, cauliflower rice, quinoa
Here’s what you do:
- Combine coconut milk, chicken broth and curry powder and add to the bottom of your slow cooker.
- Add chicken breasts, cauliflower, onion, chickpeas, canned tomatoes and sweet potatoes. Gently toss together to make sure everything is coated with coconut milk/broth/curry.
- Cook on Low for 7 to 8 hours or High for 4 hours.
- OPTIONAL: Depending how much broth/juice you have after cooking, you can take out 1-2 cups of broth mixed with cauliflower and sweet potato and blend until mushy (yes that’s the technical term) before putting back in. I love doing this as it adds a nice thick sauce.
- Stir in peas 5 minutes before serving. I like to serve mine over cauliflower rice for even more cauliflower goodness. But, you may enjoy it over regular rice, quinoa or even just with a side of naan.
- What’s your go-to slow cooker meal?
- Do you like curry?
I don’t know about you, but where I am is JUST starting to feel like spring! This past weekend was gorgeous, it’s supposed to be 60 today … but the past few weeks have been pretty chilly for April! We still have had a few chilly days, a few cold nights, and even some frosty mornings. That being said, I am trying to embrace it. So yes, we’re still eating soups, chilis and other wintry foods. Truth be told? I love chili and hot soup all year round so at least food-wise, I can’t complain.
Looking for a meat free chili that you can set and forget about? Here you go! I made this chili in the crockpot one night when I knew we’d only have 30 min to prepare and eat dinner … and since I like to sit and enjoy a meal, I knew I wanted to spend the 30 minutes eating (and not cooking/cleaning). This was the perfect solution, and even B enjoyed his meatless bowl! Just in time for Meatless Monday, here’s a slow cooker vegetarian chili you can enjoy.
Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Bean Chili
Here’s what you need:
- 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into cubes
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, diced
- 2 red bell peppers, diced
- 2 jalapeno peppers, sliced
- 1 cup cauliflower, diced
- 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilis
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce (or even better, homemade!)
- 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (15 ounce) can of kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 Tablespoons ancho chile powder
- 1-2 Tablespoons ground cumin (to taste)
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper or more (or to taste)
- hot sauce (I like cholula) to taste
- Optional toppings: Greek yogurt, cheese, avocado, cilantro, more hot sauce
Here’s what you do
- Place all the diced and chopped veggies in the crockpot (squash, onion, garlic, peppers, cauliflower).
- Cover veggies with canned tomatoes, sauce, beans and spices (chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper).
- Set crock pot on low for 7-8 hours. Add in hot sauce before serving and when plated (or bowled)? add your additional toppings! I love topping mine with cheese and avocado (vegetarian) or just avocado (vegan).
Some questions for you:
- How do you like your chili? Meaty? Beany? Tons of veggies?
- Do you have any good vegetarian crockpot recipes?
Joining this Meatless Monday linkup again!