We love to cook and cooking with a slow cooker is one of the easiest ways to make a fabulous dinner. If you’re a busy gal and you want to multi-task by cooking dinner while you’re out and about, a slow cooker is a must have. We have so many amazing meals to make with our slow cooker, but we’ve narrowed it down to come up with 12 yummy tried and true recipes that involve more than just adding some meat and a can-of-something soup to your slow cooker and calling it dinner. Try out all 12 of these dishes and find one you can call a family favorite!

Skinny Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken: This gooey, creamy, cheesy, chicken-y flavor is to die for! The broccoli in this dish is perfect, but you don’t have to stop there! This is a great place for hiding veggies from your pickiest eaters. You can tuck away carrots, peas, spinach or other good-for-you treats and let the cream cheese, cream of chicken, and seasoning take care of disguising them! (via Skinny Mom)

Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff: This dinner is as cozy as slipping into your favorite, soft winter sweater! And it’s just about as easy to make too! This one will warm you up and fill your kitchen with the most mouth-watering scents of beef and mushrooms stewing in your slow cooker! It’s as simple as throwing all the ingredients in, turning on the slow cooker, and letting that bad boy work its magic! No worries about having extras… the leftovers are just as scrumptious! (via Skinny Mom)

Skinny Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup: This is the perfect soup to make during the week. Just prep it the night before, and you can have it completely ready the next night without any extra work! It’s great for busy nights–especially during school and extracurricular nights. (via Skinny Mom)

Skinny Pineapple Salsa Chicken: If you’re tired of the same old taco fillings, you aren’t alone! We wanted to find a way to mix up boring chicken tacos, and this dish does it! We love mixing spicy and sweet, so turning up the heat on your salsa can be the perfect mix with pineapple!(via Skinny Mom)

Slow Cooker Chicken Provencal: When you can’t spend a lot of time prepping your meals this is the dish for you! This dinner only takes 10 minutes of prep time, and after 7 hours in the slow cooker, it comes out looking scrumptious! (via Skinny Mom)

Slow Cooker Pork Tacos: If you’re looking to put a new twist on tacos, try mixing up your filling by using pork! These tacos look and taste like a dish that you spent a lot of time with, but it’s very simple to prep the night before, cooking can take anywhere from 5-8 hours (depending on what temperature you use), so pop these ingredients in the crock pot in the morning and the dinner practically makes itself! Enjoy! (via Skinny Mom)

Slow Cooker Apple Pie Oatmeal:  This breakfast is perfect for a big family brunch (your family will love it)! We love using sweet red gala apples that are in season this time of year, but you can use any apples you have on hand! For a little extra sweetness, top with brown sugar and walnuts! (via Skinny Mom)

Slow Cooker Pepperoni and Chicken:  As you all know by now, when life gets a little crazy you got to turn to a slow cooker. This low-carb recipe is a no hassle fix for the family. Its kid friendly ingredients make it a family favorite! (via Skinny Mom)

Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie: OK, this is not your grandma’s chicken pot pie… It actually looks nothing like a pie! But, it is way easier and healthier, with the same great taste. (Via  Skinny Mom)

Skinny Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore: This meal is a big family favorite. Don’t worry about making too much for one night, it freezes superbly and will be just as good.  I hope you and your family will enjoy this as much as we do. (via Skinny Mom)

Skinny Butternut Squash Soup:  This Skinny Butternut Squash Soup is a hearty, flavorful soup that we absolutely adore, even kids love it! A few apples, along with oven-roasted squash and onions pack this dish with tons of fall flavor! (via Skinny Mom)

Skinny Vegetarian Mexican Chili: On those days you think you just can’t fit another thing in, you have to try this Skinny Vegetarian Mexican Chili. This only takes 5 minutes to prep! Plus, you get to let your slow cooker do the work to cook up a healthy, filling dinner for you and your family! Using beans to replace meat in this chili pumps up the fiber, and at under 300 calories per serving, you have a little wiggle room for reduced-fat sour cream and reduced-fat Mexican cheese on top! (via Skinny Mom)

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