Slow Cooker Recipes That Rival Takeout

Are restaurant bills wrecking your budget? Is the allure of fast takeout too good to resist? It’s possible that a slow cooker is the answer to your mealtime trouble. Get dinner on the table fast without denying your family the flavors of takeout.There is a solution: slow cooker recipes worth dying over.

Somewhere in your house, there’s a slow cooker. I don’t even know you, but I know that you have a slow cooker hiding in there somewhere. Everyone does. Maybe it was a wedding gift, or something your mother handed off to you.

Now is the day to find it. Look inside that tiny cabinet on top of your refrigerator. The one you need a stepladder to reach. If it isn’t there, look on the floor of the pantry. If you still can’t find it, it’s probably in the garage, either on a dusty shelf, or in a box marked “garage sale.” When you finally locate your slow cooker, wash it off and never lose it again.

Instead Of Pizza Delivery, Try This Recipe For Pizza Casserole


  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 medium tomatoes, rough chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 16-ounces cooked macaroni pasta
  • 1 small can pizza sauce
  • 1 16-ounce package shredded mozzarella cheese

Spray the bottom of your slow cooker with non-stick spray. Layer in the ground beef, onion, garlic and tomatoes. Mix the can of mushroom soup with one can of water. In a large bowl, combine the pizza sauce with the mushroom soup mixture. Stir in the cooked pasta. Pour this mixture on top of the ground beef and seasoning in the slow cooker. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top. Turn on low and cook for 4-5 hours.

Instead Of Chinese Takeout, Try This Recipe For Sweet and Sour Pork Roast


  • 4 pound pork roast
  • 3 cups sweet and sour sauce
  • 1 medium fresh pineapple, chopped
  • 1 tsp. rosemary

Put about a half inch of water in the bottom of the slow cooker, and put the roast pork on top. Season with pepper, if desired. (Don’t salt, as that may dry out the roast.) Sprinkle rosemary on top. Pour the sweet and sour sauce on top of the roast. Place the pineapple chunks on top and around the roast. Cook on low for 8 hours. Serve over prepared white rice.

Instead Of Buffalo Wings Takeout, Try This Recipe For Spicy Chicken Drumsticks


  • 6 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 bottle Buffalo Wing Sauce

Put about a half inch of water in the bottom of the slow cooker, and lay the chicken drumsticks inside. Pour the wing sauce on top of the chicken drumsticks. Turn your slow cooker on low and cook for 5 hours or until the chicken is done through. Serve with football on game day.

With a little bit of planning and some patience, these slow cooker ideas will satisfy your family’s taste for takeout. To make the waiting time go easier, plan these meals on days when you have to be away from home all day, at work or at your kid’s sports events. When you walk into the house, you’ll be greeted with the aroma of a home-cooked meal that you can enjoy guilt-free.


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