Weekly Meal Plan: Five Slow Cooker Dinners

Close up of slow cooker korean chicken thighs with kimchee, sesame pak choi and rice in a blue bowl.

We’ve got a hectic weekend ahead, so as I’ll be testing some new slow cooker recipes so we have something warm and delicious to enjoy when we get home, I thought I’d put together this weeks Weekly Meal Plan exclusively of slow cooker recipes so you to can have some make-ahead dinner inspiration for when things get busy!

Close up of a bowl fo ramen with hot sauce and a soft boiled egg.

Monday: Slow Cooker Ramen

This recipe appears in my second cookbook One Pan Pescatarian (ad) too because it is so useful to have in your back pocket. A rich, delicious, aromatic broth infuses all day as your cheats base before you simply add the noodles and your other favourite add ins like a soft boiled egg, silken tofu and my homemade hot sauce when you get home.

Leg of coq au vin with mashed potatoes garnished with fresh parsley.

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Coq au Vin

This slow cooker-adapted version of my Mum’s Coq au Vin recipe is so versatile I must remember to make it more often. Rich and hearty it is perfect to serve over creamy mashed potatoes with flavour-soaked mushrooms and tender, fall-off-the-bone chicken – we’ve also forgotten it when in the pub before so I know for a fact that it is very forgiving if you go over the slow and low cooking time.

White bowl of sausage and butterbean casserole garnished with parsley on a blue background with a torn baguette.

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Sausage & Butter Bean Casserole

I know I feature this sausage casserole a lot in these roundups, but honestly I think it may have overtaken my Korean Beef Stir Fry as the recipe I cook the most from this site as one of J and I’s favourites at home. It is so easy to put together and so, so delicious I always make sure to have the ingredients to hand, and it is the first recipe I think of when I need something to make ahead, or when I don’t know how late J is going to be on the train home so we can grab fresh bread from the village shop and tuck in almost as soon as we get in the door.

Slightly spicy slow cooker korean chicken thighs with kimchee and sesame pak choi in a rice bowl.

Thursday: Slow Cooker Korean Chicken Bowls

If you don’t mind a little assembly work when you get home as we approach the end of the week, I love this rich, tender, slightly sticky Korean chicken served over quick cooking Jasmine rice with a good tangle of kimchee, a generous amount of sliced spring onion and some sesame pak choi, which honestly comes together in moments.

Alternatively if you’d rather throw everything together when you get in the door, I’ve got an Instant Pot Korean Chicken recipe that is just as delicious instead!

Shredded beef with bowls of salsa and avocado on the side.

Friday: Slow Cooker Mexican Beef Wraps

One of my favourite Friday night dinners are these build-your-own Mexican beef wraps – not only is it a dump and set slow cooker recipe, but you can make the sides as fancy as you want – I try to make from scratch Pico de Gallo salsa, but honestly we used jarred when we were re-doing the kitchen as a break from Indian, Chinese and fish and chips in front of the television, and they were still absolutely delicious!

A few ‘better than takeaway’ recipe ideas to enjoy over the weekend: Sweet & Sour Rhubarb Pork with Egg Fried Rice, Chinese Orange Chicken, Chicken Sali, Sweet & Sour Chicken, Chinese Beef & Onion Stir Fry, Thai-style Prawn & Pineapple Fried Rice, Fresh Spinach Saag Aloo, Sweet Potato Korma, Garlic Chilli Chicken Curry, Aloo Gosht, Chicken Pasanda.