While slow cookers are a boon for big-batch meals, I take mine out at least once a week when cooking dinner for my small family of two (twice if you count meal prep!). It doesn’t matter how many people you’re cooking for — the slow cooker is one of the most helpful tools in the kitchen to help you get dinner on the table.
Here are 10 of my favorite slow cooker recipes that are perfect for two.
1. How To Cook Salmon in the Slow Cooker
PSA: Your slow cooker is the secret to cooking tender, succulent salmon every single time, no matter how big (or small) the fillet.
2. How To Cook a Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker
This isn’t exactly like the roast chicken you’d make in the oven. Instead of crispy skin, slow-cooked whole chicken rewards you with the most tender, juicy meat imaginable. Turn the leftovers into lunch for the week.
3. Easy Slow Cooker Lentil Soup
Here’s how I like to do dinner when time is tight: In the morning, I dump all the ingredients in the slow cooker, and then when I get home all that’s left to do is toss together a simple salad and pour the wine.
4. How To Make Crunchy Granola in the Slow Cooker
Believe it or not, your slow cooker is the simplest way to make crunchy granola. Yes, it really is crunchy.
5. How To Make Meatballs in the Slow Cooker
Meatballs are one of my favorite things to stash in the freezer. Set some aside for tonight’s dinner, then portion the rest into a few containers and stash them in the freezer for those nights you don’t feel like cooking.
6. How To Make Oatmeal in the Slow Cooker: The Simplest, Easiest Method
If your mornings are chaotic, this cook-all-night recipe is they key to making sure you have a wholesome breakfast. You can portion out the rest of the oatmeal for grab-and-go breakfasts for the rest of the week.
7. How To Make Easy Shredded Chicken in the Slow Cooker
If meal prep is the key to making your week run smooth, this is the simplest way to have chicken at the ready for salads, sandwiches, tacos, rice bowls, and casseroles.
8. Slow Cooker Maple-Mustard Pulled Pork
Yes, even the smallest pork shoulder makes a lot of pulled pork. But when your future self discovers the leftovers in the back of the freezer a month from now, it will feel like a dinner dream come true.
9. How To Make Slow Cooker Veggie Burrito Bowls
Unless my husband is extra hungry, I can usually expect enough leftovers for one more dinner. For the second time around, I change things up by stuffing the mixture in a tortilla or rounding out the bowl with a fried egg.
10. Slow-Cooked Bolognese Sauce
Even though you’re cooking for two, you gonna want to go ahead and make a double batch of this delicious meat sauce. Portion it out and stock it in the freezer for those nights when you can’t bring yourself to cook.