I love our slow cooker but the best thing about it is that we can make affordable meals that the whole family will love, often cooked in bulk, portioned up and frozen to enjoy not just on the day but as lots of meals for the future too.
Here are our favourite cheap slow cooker meals for the whole family:
Our favourite meal – and our favourite slow cooker meal is Beef Chilli. We used to have it with rice but since we discovered homemade nachos we have chilli and nachos once a week or so. It’s a meal we could all eat every day if given the chance and just so easy to make.
The children love sausages and so Sausage Tagliatelle has always been a winner with them. It has a pretty simple tomato sauce and we serve it with tagliatelle or spaghetti but it would go well with any kind of pasta really.
As much as we love a cottage pie I find it a bit of a faff to cook all in one go so we’ll often have this Lazy Cottage Pie where I slow cook the mince mix of the cottage pie and serve it with mash. The mince mix can then be frozen ready to use for a quick meal another day. At these times I’ll often defrost it and make a proper cottage pie, taking a lot less time than cooking a cottage pie from scratch.
One of the most economical meals that we cook is Poor Man’s Cassoulet. This is a really nice sausage, bacon and pulses casserole and even with cheaper sausages they soak up the casserole flavours and taste wonderful. This is lovely served with mash or roast potatoes.
I love a one pot meal that you can just ladle out of the slow cooker pot and serve with bread and the Spicy Lentil Sausage Hotpot is just that. It may not be the prettiest meal but it’s really, really filling and lovely for the colder months of the year.
I’m a firm believer that turkey is a completely underrated and underused meat and so this Turkey and Sausage Stew is a favourite meal for us as not only is it really tasty but using turkey makes it cheaper than chicken. A really lovely one pot stew that the whole family will love.
So there are our favourite slow cooker meals for a family that are tasty and cheap to make. If you’re looking for more family meal inspiration check out our recipes section for so many more slow cooker meals.