10 minute tasty and healthy slow cooker meals

Do you want you and your family to eat real home-cooked food made from scratch every night?  Meals that are tasty and healthy? These recipes take 10 minutes to load into your slow cooker with simple and cheap ingredients you already have in your pantry, and you will enjoy it.

If you are like me, you have no energy left at 6 o’clock each night to prepare and cook such a meal.  A meal that can take 30 minutes to 1 hour before it’s on the table.

This is where the slowcooker 10 minute meals will change your life, giving you time back and helping you stress less.  At the end of a long and busy day you will have dinner ready and waiting to be served.

Rules for the 10 minute slowcooker meals

I created these recipes when I was on maternity leave earlier this year.  With two school runs each day into town and two gorgeous boys to look after there wasn’t much time for cooking at night.  But now I am back at work full-time using the slow cooker helps to get a freshly cooked meal on the table for my family as often as possible.  Some nights we do just have toasted sandwiches (but wow do they taste good!).

Below are the guidelines I followed in creating the recipes or finding them on the internet.

Rule 1

In order to save time, the meals must take only 10 minutes to prep. Cooking time is longer, but you can set the slowcooker that morning to be ready at dinnertime and forget about it. 

Rule 2

Prep should be really simple.  This means just chopping or opening a can and throwing all ingredients in together into the slowcooker.

Rule 3

Meals should also use whole and healthy ingredients that don’t cost a lot.  Some bottled herbs and packet foods are okay if used sparingly.

Rule 4

They should most importantly be tasty and kid-friendly.

5 slowcooker recipes

For the recipes below, just put all of the ingredients into the slowcooker, stir well, and set the slowcooker to HIGH for 4-5 hours.  If you are away from home all day at work, set on LOW for 8-9 hours.

For safety, always make sure the slowcooker is clear of anything on the kitchen bench.

All recipes provide good amounts of protein, iron and vitamins and minerals.  They keep you full and taste delicious.

These recipes make a lot of meals so are good to take for lunch the next day.

Lentil Dhal (Curry)

Onion granules (few big shakes), 1 cup red lentils, 2 large tins crushed tomatoes, half a jar of mild curry paste (or 4 Tbspn curry powder), 1/2 tsp tumeric powder, juice of 1 lemon (or a few big squeezes of bottled lemon juice), 4 big turns of the salt grinder.

Put basmati rice on to cook in your rice cooker or on the stove  when you get home or 30 minutes before dinnertime and serve the Lentil Dhal over the rice.

It’s good accompanied with lime pickle, mango chutney and pappadums.  Add more lemon and salt and also pepper at the end to taste.

Note: if you can soak the lentils in a covered bowl of water the night before and rinse in a few fresh changes of water in a colander.  If you do this before using them they don’t make you gassy (as lentils are prone to do)!

Spaghetti Bolognaise

Onion granules (few big shakes), 2 large tins crushed tomatoes, 1 tin of rinsed brown lentils, 1 tin of Sanitarium Casserole “Mince” broken up, 2 cloves crushed garlic, 1 tsp vegetable stock, 6 Tbspn Italian Herbs mix, good glug extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.

Curried Lentils

You can find the recipe here.  I double the recipe and serve it with Cocobella, Nudie or CoYo natural coconut yoghurt (so good!).  This tastes like a curried risotto, it’s incredible.

Ingredients for Curried Lentils
Curried Lentils with coconut yoghurt

Potato Pesto Hotpot

Onion granules (few big shakes), 2 large tins crushed tomatoes, 2 each of diced large potatoes, carrots and zucchinis, 3 Tbspn vegetarian gravy mix (IGA Black & Gold brand or Woolworths Traditional type), 1 tin rinsed chickpeas or cannellini (white) beans, 2 tsp vegetable stock powder, 3 Tbspn cornflour sprinkled over.

Serve in big bowls with big dollops of basil pesto.

Teriakyi Tofu Noodles

1 large bag of frozen stir fry vegetables (with onion included), 1 packet teriakyi tofu cubed, 1 bottle teriakyi marinade, 2 cups of water, 4 Tbspn cornflour sprinkled over, 1 packet hokkien or singapore noodles (briefly soaked in a bowl of boiling water for 5 minutes then added to the slowcooker).

I hope you like the look of these tasty, healthy, quick and cheap slowcooker meals and give them a try!