Slow cookers are the height of convenient cuisine. With a bit of up-front time investment, you have delicious and healthy meals ready when you want to eat them. It’s the most sure-fire way to avoid standing over the sink eating cereal for dinner.

Aside from being easy and practical, slow cookers are also one of the quickest ways to budget-friendly cooking. Slow cookers allow food to be cooked in larger batches, creating a stockpile of leftovers. You can also easily make a large amount of a base food to be used in multiple meals. Proteins like chicken, beef and pork can all be cooked in advance in large batches and frozen for later use.

One other bonus? Most slow cooker recipes are straightforward, resulting in a simplified shopping list to ingredients that can be used for multiple meals.

We’ve curated a list of slow-cooker meals that are not only budget friendly, but are also easy, and versatile. What better way to dive into fall than to dig into some warm, hearty, and delicious meals? Let these recipes simmer away all day so you can focus on more important things!

Breakfast (yes – breakfast!):

Want a ready-to-eat, well-balanced breakfast on a Wednesday? Throw one of these in a slow cooker after dinner and wake up to a belly-warming meal.


Lunch & Dinner:

Yet another winning feature of the slow cooker is the ability to make meals appropriate for almost any time of the day. We hope you enjoy some of these delicious-looking dishes, they’ve certainly made our “to try” list!

There are endless resources and ideas online for healthy, budget-friendly slow cooker recipes. If you find yourself in the market for purchasing a new slow cooker, a comprehensive list of recommendations can be found here. Enjoy!!