When you have tired, grumpy kids and are exhausted from a hard day at work, the last thing you want to do is spend time cooking over a stove. That’s why I love, love, love prepping meals ahead of time and freezing them so they’re ready to be pulled out and dumped into a slow cooker. These are my favorites:

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1. Slow Cooker Mushroom Barley Stew

Just add vegetable stock to Hello Natural‘s recipe and savor the heartiness of this stew—no meat needed!

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2. Crock-Pot Western Beef Casserole

If you like chili, you’re going to love this recipe from Crock-Pot Ladies! It’s just like it, but with a much milder tomato base.

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3. Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo Broccoli

There was a time when I made this recipe twice a week, I love it so much! Serve Six Sisters’ Stuff‘s recipe over pasta and feel confident knowing even your pickiest kid will eat everything on their plate.

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4. Crock-Pot Sausage Spinach Tomato Soup

Prepping the vegetables is the most difficult part about this recipe, and even that is simple when you get into a rhythm. Get this recipe and five more soup-making instructions at New Leaf Wellness.

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5. Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos

When everything is done, just shred the cooked chicken and add it to nachos, a taco salad, burritos, rice…pretty much anything that needs a little southwestern kick! Get the recipe at More Like Home.

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6. Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin

Living Well Spending Less‘s recipe is extra tasty thanks to the onion mix and garlicky juices the pork marinates (and freezes) in!

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7. Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken

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Get the recipe at Making Our Marx

My kids love this sweet recipe from Making Our Marx. It’s just as tasty as sweet and sour chicken, but without the breading and grease!

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8. Crock-Pot Chicken Fajitas

These chicken fajitas from The Humbled Homemaker are delicious—but healthy—and so easy to make. If you’re in a rush and don’t have time to cook this in a slow cooker, it cooks really easily on the stove as well!

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9. Slow Cooker Honey Teriyaki Chicken

 

Skip the takeout and indulge in Twin Dragonfly Designs’ delicious Asian dish instead! This stuff is so flavorful, you won’t believe it was once frozen.

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10. Crock-Pot Meatloaf

This Stockpiling Moms‘ recipe is so easy, you don’t even have to defrost the frozen loaf!

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