Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes for Families

A slow cooker recipe roundup from some of our talented contributors, all family tested and approved in our households!

slow cooker recipes

If you are a busy mom, then you know a slow cooker can be your best friend. It’s useful for many occasions – like for busy weekdays with crazy schedules when you won’t be home until dinnertime, for weekends when you’d rather spend more time with your family than in your kitchen, and to share when you have a big party to attend. I use mine every day to make a simple and so very healthy oatmeal that can be jazzed up with an endless number of toppings to fit anyone’s tastes. We buy the grains in bulk and it saves both time and money!

This week, I have pulled together a recipe round-up of some of my personal slow cooker recipes and a few from our other talented contributors here at Inner Child Food.

Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes for Families

tomato basil soup

Vegan Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup
Busy Vegetarian Mom

1. Vegan Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup from Busy Vegetarian Mom

potatoes au gratin

Vegan Slow Cooker Potatoes Au Gratin
Busy Vegetarian Mom

2. Vegan Slow Cooker Potatoes Au Gratin from Busy Vegetarian Mom

slow cooker beets

Slow Cooker Beets
Busy Vegetarian Mom

3. Beets in the Slow Cooker from Busy Vegetarian Mom

chocolate oatmeal

Skinny Slow Cooker Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal
Busy Vegetarian Mom

4. Skinny Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal  from Busy Vegetarian Mom

slow cooker oatmeal

Slow Cooker Oatmeal
Busy Vegetarian Mom

5. Slow Cooker Oatmeal from Busy Vegetarian Mom

slow cooker apple oatmeal

Slow Cooker Apple Pie Oatmeal
Busy Vegetarian Mom

6. Slow Cooker Apple Pie Oatmeal from Busy Vegetarian Mom

lentil and portabella soup

Slow Cooker Lentil Soup with Portabella
Collecting the Moments… One by One

7. Slow Cooker Lentil Soup with Portabella   from Collecting the Moments…One by One

pumpkin sausage sauce

Chardonnay Pumpkin Sausage Sauce
Inner Child Fun

8. Chardonnay Pumpkin Sausage Sauce  from Inner Child Fun


Did you see something you liked? I’m sure most of you already own one, if not more! Come on, lets hear it – how many do you have stashed away in your kitchen? Me? Well, I have four and I think I’m ready to buy a fifth! I have one mini dip pot, two medium pots for our daily oatmeal, and one giant party pot!

We LOVE to hear from you!

Leave us a comment telling us how many slow cookers YOU have and what YOUR favorite recipes are.


  1. What a great selection of recipes! The Vegan Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup is first on my list to try. Thanks!

    • Mmm, doesn’t that one look delish? Thanks for stopping by!

    • Busy Vegetarian Mom says

      Thanks, We love to make the Tomato Basil Soup. Especially in the Summer when we have an abundance of fresh tomatoes and basil from the garden!

  2. I have 3. One big one i use for dinner and 2 of the small dip size ones. Thank you so much for posting the oatmeal recipes. I love the idea of having breakfast ready when i wake up but the other recipes like breakfast casseroles havent worked out.

    • Busy Vegetarian Mom says

      Thanks for stopping by! The oatmeal is my favorite slow cooker recipe and the kids even come up with more crazy combinations. The options are endless!!