Slow Cooker Round Up

Hi everyone and happy hump day – we’re are living through such crazy times right now. I’m sure each of you have been affected by the pandemic in some way, shape, or form. My current situation is that both Steve and I are working from home and we’re quite lucky. I want to share some resources with you all if you live near me in Michigan and are in need.

All Shores Wesleyan Church – food pantry and food donation drop-off location., or 616-842-9022

Meals on Wheels – meals for those who are unable to leave the house.

Kid’s Food Basket – Meals for kids whoa re now not receiving lunch from school.

There are tons of other resources and amazingly creative things I see our community and nation starting. From the zoo’s hosting live educational videos, to celebrities sharing home concerts…it’s incredible. As a dietitian in this space, I will continue to share content that will help you most right now. If there’s something you need, I’m an email or comment away (

For today’s post, here is a round up of my slow-cooker recipes if you need something to cook while you’re working from home and you need less fuss!

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lasagna

Slow Cooker Chicken, Gnocchi, & Bean Soup

If you don’t have gnocchi on hand, throw in a cup of your favorite pasta or rice. Add 1 additional cup of liquid to the recipe.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Slaw

Instead of a pork tenderloin, you can also just stick a pork butt (rub some salt and pepper on it) in the crock pot with the bag of slaw and let it cook on low for 8-10 hours. Little less ingredients but still lots of flavor!

Black Bean and Barley Soup

This was originally a stove top recipe – but just throw everything into the crock pot and let it cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 2-4. If you don’t have barley, sub in any grain like pasta, rice, or quinoa.

Turkey Carrot Chili over Pasta

Brown your meat ahead of time to turn this into a crock pot chili. Add all ingredients in and cook on low 6-8 hours. If you want to go without the meat or are using pantry staples, try 1/2 cup of dried lentils or add an additional can of beans to the mix.

Slow Cooker Coconut Almond Oatmeal

SUPER delicious whether you make it for dinner, breakfast, or just to have as a snack. Oatmeal is extremely easy to throw into the crockpot and have on hand all week.

That’s my round up for now – I know it’s only a couple but I hope it gives you some ideas! Next, I’ll be working on a post about meal ideas from our pantry and the foods we all stocked up on last week. Again, if there’s something specific you’re needing right now…reach out! Perhaps I can help or know someone who can.


  • Kristin DeLooff

    April 3, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    Hi, Jessi!
    I’m a Mary Free Bed OT, working at Metro Health Hospital-University of Michigan Health. I found your blog via a post on Facebook. I’m excited to browse your recipes, and save to my Plan to Eat ( page. I love new ideas!

    1. Kristin DeLooff

      April 3, 2020 at 1:52 pm

      If you don’t already know about Plan to Eat, it’s an amazing tool! You can import recipes from all over the web, or input your own, and plan out a calendar of meals to make. From there, it builds your shopping list for you (which is customizable). I use it because I follow a modified low-FODMAP diet (I’ve identified my triggers and can branch out now), but it’s easy to adapt to any allergies, intolerances, specialized eating plans. Check it out!

      1. nutritionbrewed

        April 3, 2020 at 6:35 pm

        Hi Kristin! Thanks for stopping by and browsing! I love to hear when people have tried recipes, make sure to take a picture and tag me on instagram or comment on the post! That looks like a great resource you’ve found!! I’ll definitely take a closer look. Thanks!

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