Getting your kids to eat their dinner can be hard enough, not to mention the time it takes to prepare the meal. Make it easier on yourself and try some of our favorite slow-cooker recipes for kids that are so good, you know they'll ask for again and again. Slow-cooker recipes are perfect for a busy weeknight. Simply add the ingredients in the morning to enjoy ready-made dishes at night. Read on for some of our best kid-friendly slow cooker recipes to try this week.
Whether you're rushing to get a meal started or want to have dinner ready when you get home, make sure to dive into our slow-cooker recipes for kids. Your kids will love them and so will you! Keep a steady roster of kid-friendly slow-cooker recipes like these so you can cycle through them when things get boring. Switch up sides and use leftovers creatively to mix it up.
Start your week off right with our Slow-Cooker Lasagna, layered with meat sauce, noodles and ricotta cheese. You can set it to turn on at lunchtime and come home to a fully-cooked lasagna. Make it even better by using a slow cooker liner so clean-up is even easier!
Grab your slow-cooker for the ultimate Slow-Cooker BBQ Pork Sandwiches. Start the pork shoulder, onion and BBQ sauce in the morning and come home to delicious BBQ pulled pork. Use this recipe for sandwiches or salads, and serve with mac and cheese or with potato salad. The opportunities are endless!
Serve this Slow-Cooker Beef Chili alongside some delicious Southwest Cornbread. Beef chili is a familiar dish your kids will love, and you can add more vegetables to it without altering the taste profile.
Bring another hearty dish to the table with Slow-Cooker Beef Stroganoff. It's incredibly easy to prepare; simply add sour cream mix, beef stew meat, mushrooms and garlic to your slow cooker for 7 to 8 hours on high. You can make this for an easy overnight dish or let it cook throughout the workday!
Chili doesn't need to just be meat-focused! If your kids don't like meat or want something different, try the Slow-Cooker Chunky Chicken Chili. Plus, you can help your kids make a Healthy Living food choice with this recipe.
Don't hold out hope for any leftovers when you make Italian Beef Sandwiches. It’s a simple recipes with just roasted red peppers, KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing, beef chuck eye roast and parmesan cheese. Grab some baguettes and you have yourself a meal your kids will love. Add on some sliced fruit and veggies, and you're done!
If you didn't know you could make meatloaf in the slow-cooker, now you do! Try out our Slow-Cooker Cheeseburger Meatloaf this week. Serve it alongside steamed carrots and mashed potatoes for a delicious dinner. Pro tip: make sure to use a slow-cooker liner to avoid that dreaded scrubbing.
If your kids love takeout but you want to keep it healthier, try our Slow-Cooker Asian-Style Beef. Simmered in a blend of toasted sesame dressing, garlic and teriyaki sauce, chunks of beef get meltingly tender. You can serve it over white or brown rice or try mixing it up with rice noodles.
If you need a guaranteed homerun for dinner, try out the Slow-Cooker Saucy Meatballs. You can even get in some vegetables with sautéed mushrooms and green peppers. If you're doing a million things at once and can't be bothered with messy hands, meatball scoopers are handy multi-taskers. Scoop meatballs right into the crockpot and enjoy mess-free hands.
Last but not least is one of the classics: Slow-Cooker Pot Roast. You can get a full dish with meat, carrots, onions and potatoes all combined in a tasty sauce. Enjoy it right when you get home or between sports practice for the kids. Don't forget to use leftovers for sandwiches or over noodles!