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The Best Crockpot Recipes for a Busy Weeknight

Busy schedules can leave little time or space for dinner. So whether you’re working late or hosting a dinner party, these crockpot recipes are perfect for the weeknight. With quick prep and cooking times, dinner will be on the table in no time. 

In addition to easy and filling dinners, you can even make delicious dips for lazy game-food nights like this easy crockpot taco dip that goes perfectly with tortilla chips. 

Try these slow cooker recipes tonight! 

The Benefits of Using the Crockpot

There are many benefits to using the crockpot, but one of them makes cooking dinner easier. You don’t have to worry about cooking all day or ensuring everything is going right on your stovetop. With these crockpot recipes, you can use a slow cooker or a pressure cooker and cook for hours without worrying about having too much work at the end of it.

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Top 3 Best Crockpot Recipes

1. Crockpot Lemon Garlic Chicken

Cooking boneless, skinless chicken breasts can be tricky at times since they can dry out quickly if you’re not careful. However, cooking chicken in the slow cooker is a great way to make it tender and full of flavor, and the addition of lemon to the meat also tenderizes it while adding flavor.

Coat the chicken breasts in flour, and brown the pieces on the pan on high heat for about 3 minutes on each side. Then season the chicken with salt and pepper and transfer to your crockpot, adding the Italian dressing mix, minced garlic, lemon juice, and chicken broth. 

Let it cook for about 3 hours with the lid covered.

Serve and enjoy!

2. Crockpot Chili con Carne

Chilli con Carne is among the best comfort foods to make. 

Cook ground beef for 5 minutes on medium-high in a large skillet. Add the chopped onion, green pepper, and garlic and sauté for another 5 minutes, turning frequently, or until the beef is no longer pink, then transfer everything to the crockpot. Add diced tomatoes and tomato sauce, canned kidney beans, chili powder, dried oregano, and basil. Cook on high for 3-4 hours and enjoy when served.

3. Crockpot Lasagna 

If you enjoy the taste of the classic lasagna but can’t be bothered to prepare and cook everything traditionally, this is the perfect recipe for you. This crockpot lasagna recipe tastes just as impressive and is straightforward to follow. 

Sauté the ground beef and onion in a large deep pan over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until no longer pink, then add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.

Mix in the marinara, salt, and pepper to taste, thyme, sugar, and parsley; cover and cook for 5 minutes while making your cheese sauce.

Combine cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, egg, pepper, and chopped parsley in a separate bowl.

Scoop approximately 1 cup of meat sauce into the bottom of the slow cooker, start layering the uncooked noodles, and then add a layer of your cheese sauce. Repeat 3-4 times until you’ve reached the top of your slow cooker. Cover the lead and let it cook on low for 4-5 hours. 

Serve and enjoy. 

 

These crockpot recipes are perfect for busy schedules, especially during weekdays, because they take less time than traditional methods would take. Need more inspiration to cook healthy and delicious meals? Check out this list of free recipe apps that will give you the motivation to bring flavor to your life. 

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