Welcome to Slow Cooker Week! We’re sharing all our favorite Crock Pot recipes, tips, tricks, and advice this week—and including the Instant Pot, of course, since it slow cooks too. There’s a slow cooker cookbook out there for everyone, every cuisine, and every occasion—and these are some of the best cookbooks for Crock-Pot recipes.
How do I love the Crock-Pot? Let me count the ways. It’s small and portable, perfect for cooking in tiny homes and RVs. It’s the epitome of “don’t sweat it” cooking, allowing for easy-to-prepare, one-pot, set-it-and-forget-meals that require minimal cleanup. Plus, unlike an oven, you can prepare a feast during the summer without feeling like the Wicked Witch of the West at the end of “The Wizard of Oz.”
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Best of all, they’re extremely versatile as evidenced by the wide ranging themes of the cookbooks we’ve curated below. Whether you’re going full paleo, yearn for a stress-free family dinner, or need some help for the holidays, these options are bound to help you make the most of your slow cooker.
“Fix It and Forget It Slow Cooker Champion Recipes: 450 of Our Very Best Recipes” by Phyllis Good, $14.99 on Amazon
When it comes to slow cooker cooking, Phyllis Good is a goddess. For nearly a decade her New York Times bestselling “Fix It and Forget It” series has covered virtually every aspect of Crock-Pot cuisine. This greatest hits compilation narrows her vast library of recipes to a mere 450 options for morning, noon, and night dining from snacks to full-blown feasts. Buy Now
“The Easy 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Cookbook: 100 Delicious No-Fuss Meals for Busy People” by Karen Bellessa Petersen, $13.43 on Amazon
Simplicity is the primary theme here with 100 recipes that require less than 15 minutes of prep and are made with as many ingredients as you can count on one hand. As a mother and creator of the popular blog 365 Days of Slow Cooking, Karen Bellessa Petersen has become well-versed in whipping up simple, crowd pleasing meals and here she shares some of her best time-saving secrets that won’t result in flavor sacrificing. If you’re a home chef who barely has time to prepare dinner let alone embark on an extensive grocery store shopping spree, “The Easy 5-Ingredient Slow Cookbook” is a must. Buy Now
“Holiday Slow Cooker: 100 Incredible Festive Recipes for Every Celebration” by Leigh Anne Wilkes, $13.76 on Amazon
These stress-free holiday recipes for your slow cooker cover major festivities year-round from Super Bowl party snacks to romantic Valentine’s Day delights, and of course, a Thanksgiving (or Christmas) turkey feast which help free up space in the oven for your sides and pies. Just because you’ve been tasked with cooking for a large gathering doesn’t mean you need to spend the majority of your time in the kitchen away from family and friends. Buy Now
“Slow Cooked Paleo: 75 Real Food Recipes for Effortless, Wholesome Meals in Your Slow Cooker” by Bailey Fischer, $17.79 on Amazon
Even though you’ve gone paleo it doesn’t mean you need to relegate your slow cooker to the closet. Whole Kitchen Sink blogger Bailey Fischer has come up with 75 delicious and thoughtfully crafted low-carb and low-stress recipes from Zesty Citrus Broccoli Salad to Toasted Coconut Mocha Fudge. These are dishes that will make you forget you’re on a special diet.Buy Now
“Skinnytaste Fast and Slow: Knockout Quick-Fix and Slow Cooker Recipes” by Gina Homolka, $19.49 on Amazon
Whether you have plenty of time to spare or only a few minutes to prepare a meal, these mouthwatering recipes courtesy of Skinnytaste blogger Gina Homolka offer the best of both worlds. Her hearty and satisfying slow cooker recipes like Korean-Style Beef Tacos and Spicy Harissa Lamb Ragu all include nutritional information so you can keep tabs on your dietary needs. On evenings when quick dinners are a necessity, “Fast and Slow” also includes 80 non-slow cooker options that can be prepared in under 30 minutes. Buy Now
“The Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook: 100 Easy, Healthy Recipes That Are Ready When You Are” by Toni Okamoto, $12.26 on Amazon
Enjoy an innovative take on meatless meals with this all-vegan slow cooker cookbook. Despite the plant-based limitations, the recipes included here cover the full flavor spectrum with tantalizing options such as Spicy Ethiopian Lentil Stew, Brussels Sprout Curry, and Baked Potato Tacos which substitute tortillas for tubers. As an added bonus, prep time is capped at a mere 15 minutes. Super easy indeed.Buy Now
If you have a craving for Asian eats but don’t have the time to go all out on a complicated meal…but also don’t want to spend the dough on takeout, Life Made Sweeter founder Kelly Kwok has you covered. Her healthy, budget-friendly slow cooker recipes include traditional meals from Thailand, China, Malaysia, and other favorites from noodles and rice to soups and curries; your stomach is sure to be satisfied.Buy Now
“The Meat Lover’s Slow Cooker Cookbook: Hearty, Easy Meals Cooked Slow and Low” by Jennifer Olvera, $11.59 on Amazon
Let’s face it, there’s no better use for a slow cooker than oh-so-tender meaty mains. “The Meat Lover’s Slow Cooker Cookbook” not only covers no-knife-required braises, it’s packed with a variety of globe-spanning options including Chinese Five Spice Pork Chops, Greek Lamb, and Mexican Pot Roast. If you don’t want to go full-carnivore, not to worry. Veggie recipes are featured too.Buy Now
“The Complete Slow Cooking for Two: A Perfectly Portioned Slow Cooker Cookbook” by Linda Larsen, $13.43 on Amazon
Slow cooker recipes tend to skew towards high-yield offerings, but if you’re newlyweds, empty nesters, or someone who just doesn’t love the idea of eating leftovers three days in a row, this is the book for you. Not only does prolific cookbook author Linda Larsen provide 150 recipes that cover the classics like short ribs and chili along with mole and other more intricate fare, she also includes a lesson on “Slow Cooker 101” to help ensure you’re making the most of your machine.Buy Now
Energetic “Top Chef” personality Hugh Acheson slows things down with this Crock-Pot compendium that includes 100 recipes. There’s something for every palate here. Take soups—the unibrowed chef will help you create a simple yet flavorful chicken broth, but will also guide you on your quest to mastering pho and ramen (his overnight version is spectacular). From whole chicken to duck confit, poached eggs to preserves, “The Chef and the Slow Cooker” comes in handy for any occasion.Buy Now
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