If you’re in the dorms and tired of the food you get with your meal plan, or if you’re in your first apartment and just trying to eat something else besides ramen noodles and mac and cheese, try these Crock-Pot recipes. Slow-cooker meals are perfect for make-ahead dishes you can freeze, meal prepping, group gatherings or when you have no time to be standing over a stove cooking four things at once.
Weekend brunch has never been easier. Pop on a movie or chit-chat with your roommates while this slow cooker breakfast apple cinnamon French toast cooks. If French toast isn’t your jam, maybe one of our 50 best brunch recipes will be.
This chicken with olives and peppers is a Mediterranean-flavored dish that is a perfect chicken recipe for busy weeknights.
This easy dessert recipe you can make with five ingredients or fewer is the perfect girls night or date night dessert. There are only two ingredients for the chocolate-covered strawberries, and you can have fun with extra toppings.
A sort of mix between a soup and a stew, this sweet potato kale soup is tasty and healthy. In fact, most of the ingredients in it are foods that boost your immune system.
Because these slow-braised beef short ribs cook for so long, it’s ideal to start this dish before calling it a night so it’s ready for lunch the next day. Or you can start it early in the morning and have it ready in time for dinner.
French toast is a delightful meal to enjoy as a breakfast in bed, and this slow cooker banana French toast casserole might be even better since it takes so little time to prepare.
Monkey Bread is an iconic American breakfast and this recipe calls for only five ingredients — perfect for those times you have almost nothing left in your fridge.
You might think of mashed potatoes as a Friendsgiving staple, but making this dish in the slow cooker as a side for your other meals ensures you’ll have leftovers to last a few days.
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Make these slow cooker barbecue pulled pork tacos for a game day meal or taco Tuesdays with your crew. Everyone will love the tender meat and they can customize the toppings however they like.
Instead of pulled pork tacos, you can also turn the delicious meat into a dip. Pack extra chips — this appetizer will go fast.
Carbs are necessary college nutrients, and these potato rolls will be just what you need to pair with soups or stews. Besides, who would rather eat stale store-bought bread when you can make warm, home-cooked bread?
These scalloped potatoes pair well with a chicken dinner or pork dish. Make sure you have Gruyere and Parmesan cheese on hand before cooking.
When the weather starts to get chilly and the leaves start to change on your college campus, it’s time to start making soup. Try this ham, black-eyed pea and potato slow cooker soup for a cozy weeknight dinner.
These slow cooker pork ribs and potatoes are an easy home-cooked meal idea for the nights when you have too much studying to do and don’t want to spend time in the kitchen.
Try this honey mustard slow cooker chicken when you want to up your chicken game. The sweet tangy sauce is easy to make and you can serve it over a bed of rice — a pantry staple that has a long shelf life and a low price tag for a college budget.
If you want to have a cheap date night that won’t make you look like a cheap date, this slow cooker balsamic chicken with peppers and onions is just elegant enough that your date will be impressed and your bank account won’t be hurting.
Make one of your favorite Mexican dishes right in your apartment. Serve the slow cooker chicken salsa verde in taco shells or over tortilla chips.
Although it’s an affordable protein source for college students, chicken can get kind of boring to cook all the time. Switch things up with this slow cooker red curry chicken recipe.
Turn your slow cooker on before you go to classes and extracurriculars, and this chicken with garlic and white wine dish will be ready when you come back at the end of the day.
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While biscuits and gravy and shrimp and grits are two things every Southerner has on their breakfast table, a tender cut of ham is also a staple. This slow-cooker version can be ready for a brunch with your roommates in just four hours.
We all need a little something sweet to get us through studying, don’t we? While this isn’t a no-bake dessert per se, you don’t technically have to turn the oven on for this caramel apple pie dip.
College isn’t about making recipes that are going to impress your guests because more than likely, your guests are going to be just as happy with some cheap pizza and ice cream. For an easy recipe that requires no baking, try this peanut butter chocolate cake in your Crock-Pot.
If you’re not willing to pay for the best brunch in every state, but you still want to enjoy a Sunday brunch with your roommates, this slow cooker crustless broccoli cheese quiche is a cheese lover’s dream.
Maybe broccoli and cheese isn’t your favorite, and if that’s the case, this slow cooker jalapeno bacon crustless quiche might be. For those willing to go hotter than the jalapeno, add one of the world’s hottest sauces to the top after cooking.
These slow cooker porcupine meatballs in tangy sauce call for lots of ingredients you probably have in your fridge. So if your food is nearing the expiration dates, use them up in this dish.
There’s a right way and a wrong way to cook pasta, and this slow cooker chili beef and pasta dish sure is the right way when you have no time during an exam week.
If you fall prey to bad cooking habits because you don’t have the time to learn how to cook exquisite meals every night, no one is blaming you. Luckily, this slow cooker beef stroganoff takes only a few minutes to prepare and then you can just leave it sitting until you’re ready to eat later.
While tamales can be traced back to 7000 B.C., slow cookers cannot. This slow cooker tamale pie draws on the flavors of this classic Mexican dish though, and it doesn’t take long to make.
If you love Louisiana Cajun and Creole recipes, then this slow cooker Cajun jambalaya is a must-try. Keep in mind that it does require more than a few ingredients, so this is best made in an apartment rather than a dorm room.
There are probably a handful of Mexican dishes you’ve never heard of, but Mexican chicken soup is most likely not one of them. While it does take a while to cook, the ingredients are straightforward.
For this slow cooker balsamic pork, you will need an oven, so unless you use the community kitchen in your residence hall, this meal is best made in your apartment.
That’s right, this slow cooker beef brisket calls for only two ingredients. If home-cooked, easy recipes are what you’re living by this semester, here are some recipes you can make using biscuit mix.
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