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5 delicious meals that make the most of our slow cookers. Easy prep, hearty dishes and simple ingredients – and plenty more space in your brain now we’ve answered the ‘what’s for dinner’ question for the week!

The front cover of family meal plan 27, featuring slow cooker recipes.

You know how much I love easy family slow cooker meals – and I know how much you do too!

Which is why I just had to create another weekly meal plan that featured more hearty home-cooked dinners made in our slow cookers to see us through the dark days.

As always, this meal plan features 5 slow cooker favourites, which you can enjoy this week OR make now for later instead. Fill up your freezer with my handy tips below. Hope they help!

How to make the most out of this meal plan 

➡️ Cook up a double batch (if your slow cooker is big enough) – one for this week, freeze the other half for another night.

➡️ Use these recipes to create ‘dump bags’ (freeze the raw ingredients together to throw in your slow cookers another day). Read more about Dump Bags here.

➡️ Make some of these alongside your regular dinners this week and then freeze them ready for busy nights ahead!

See more slow cooker recipes here.

I’ll be sharing this meal plan on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok, so watch out for the videos so you can cook along.

For reference, I shopped for this Meal Plan in February 2023 at Aldi and it cost £42.79

Which slow cooker do you recommend?

➡️ Morphy Richards Sear and Stew 3.5l Slow Cooker

This is the slow cooker I always use and I cannot recommend enough.

It’s so light and easy to handle, the pot can also be used on the hob AND it’s great value. 

Why use a meal plan?

⭐️ Knowing exactly what food to buy for avoids food waste, saving you money.

⭐️ Having a plan for dinner avoids the mental load of “what’s for dinner?” question every night.

The printable shopping list can be found here.

You can find more Meal Plans here:

Meal Plan 26 – Slow cooker saviours – 5 days of slow cooker meals

Meal Plan 25 – Easy midweek dinners

Meal Plan 24 – 5 brand new recipes to try

Top tips

➡️ Check for any items on the shopping list that you already have in your cupboard.

➡️ Remove ingredients for any meals that you don’t want to cook.

➡️ We usually include the cheapest version of each ingredient on the shopping list. (Obviously if you want to buy lower fat mince or free range etc, that’s personal choice.) This is slightly different, as you need low fat mince when cooking in a slow cooker with no browning!

➡️ The number of servings per recipe varies on this list, so check beforehand.

Weekly ahead: Easy Family slow cooker meals

Dinner 1

⭐️ A super easy fakeaway-style meal.

⭐️ We’ve added rice to the shopping list to have on the side.

Peppers, chicken and spring onion in a sweet and sour sauce.
5 from 135 votes

Sweet and Sour Chicken {Slow Cooker Fakeaways}

Replicate a takeaway favourite at home by trying this delicious Sweet and Sour Chicken in the slow cooker. Perfect for weekends or entertaining.
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Dinner 2

⭐️ A little something different – a twist on the classic lamb stew and oh-so-delicious.

⭐️ This recipe serves 6 – so either reduce the quantity or use leftovers for lunch or later in the week!

A slow cooker pan filled with Lamb Orzo Stew with feta cheese sprinkled over the top.
5 from 64 votes

Greek-Style Lamb Orzo Stew {Slow Cooker Recipe}

This beautiful slow cooked Lamb Orzo Stew recipe with feta has wonderful Mediterranean flavours and is super easy to make.
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Dinner 3

⭐️ Another tasty fakeaway-style meal made with budget cuts of beef.

⭐️ We’ve added rice to the shopping list to have on the side.

Green broccoli with beef for a Chinese-style dish in the slow cooker.
5 from 86 votes

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

With a sticky, tangy, rich Chinese-style sauce, this Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli recipe is the ultimate fakeaway.
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Dinner 4

⭐️ This one’s a total HIT of vegetarian slow cooker recipe – so good!

⭐️ Complete meal – no need for sides.

Slow cooker lasagne filled with spinach and ricotta, topped with cheese.
5 from 52 votes

Vegetarian Slow Cooker Lasagne {Spinach & Ricotta}

This Spinach & Ricotta Slow Cooker Lasagne is a convenient way to cook up a comforting and delicious vegetarian family meal. All the flavour without the fuss.
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Dinner 5

⭐️ An easy curry with loads of flavour but SO easy!

⭐️ We’ve added naan breads to the shopping list to have on the side with this.

The end product of a Chicken Tikka Masala recipe.
5 from 189 votes

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala {SO EASY!}

This tomatoey, creamy-based curry is perfect for a family fakeaway. Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala is not only simple, it's super tasty too.
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Quick reminder, the printable shopping list can be found here.

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Sarah Rossi founder of and author of 'What's for Dinner?' books.


Hi, I'm Sarah. I help busy people decide 'What's for Dinner?' Find hundreds of recipes here, and also in my bestselling recipe book. Hope my recipes make your life easier ❤️

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