10 set and forget slow cooker dinner recipes

Hands up who is busy and tired? Hands up if you didn’t raise your hand because you are tired in your very soul? We hear ya.

Here at the Healthy Mummy, we are all busy tired mums too, and YET our little families still seem to demand to be fed EVERY.SINGLE.NIGHT.

This is where your friend the slow cooker comes in. If ever there was an appliance that had mums in mind, it’s this. And thanks to the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge you are never going to be short on slow cooker recipes.

If you’re in the market for a slow cooker, read this first.

Now while some traditional slow cooker recipes require multiple steps, browning of the meat, pre-cooking of onions – we say NO. Not today.

Today we have TEN 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipes that are literally thrown and go. You put the ingredients in, press the buttons (please do not omit this step, it is so disappointing to come home to an uncooked meal), and then you walk away and get on with your life.

Here we go….

Slow Cooker Collage

1. Slow Cooked Ragu Sauce for Pasta


OK so you WILL have to boil some pasta to go with this succulent sauce, but even the most tired mother can handle that, right? Any leftovers will make a welcome lunch the next day.

Recipe here

2. Lamb Chickpea Harira Soup

Lamb Chickpea Harira Soup

A hearty and warming soup, made by simply combining the ingredients in a slow cooker and leaving it to do all the work. Make ahead of time to serve to the whole family or to portion up into single serves for your lunch for the week.

The recipe is available to members of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

3. Taiwanese Chicken


This is an amazing chicken dish with slightly spicy Taiwanese inspired flavors. This recipe freezes well so why not double it and freeze a family-sized portion for another meal? and enjoy Another delicious Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe!

Recipe here

4. Beef Burgundy

Beef Burgundy

This classic dish is a cinch in this recipe. Come home to the enticing aroma of slow-cooked beef in red wine.

The recipe is available to members of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

5. Roast Leg of Lamb


Remember the old commercial where a young Naomi Watts turned down a date with Tom Cruise because her mum was cooking a lamb roast? This was the recipe her mum used, for sure. You can 100% omit the browning of the lamb first, it still tastes 110% great.

Recipe here

6. Asian Chicken


Put down the phone, you don’t need to call in for takeaway when you can make a meal like this so easily.  Tender chicken and full of delicious Asian flavors, this chicken dish is a winner. Best of all it’s only 320 calories per serve INCLUDING the rice, making it ideal if you’re following the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

Recipe here

7. Lamb Tagine with Pistachios and Chickpeas

Lamb Tagine

Delicious lamb shoulder, with lots of warming spices and the sweetness of dates and fresh orange juice is going to put a smile on your face as you tuck in.

The recipe is available to members of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

8. Corned Beef & Cabbage

Corned Beef

This is the recipe that keeps on giving. The leftovers make AMAZING sandwiches the next day for the whole family. Silverside is often quite an economical cut of meat, making this a budget friendly meal.

The recipe is available to members of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

9. Porcupine Meatballs

Slow Cooker Porcupine Meatballs

These healthy porcupine meatballs can be enjoyed on their own, with mash, pasta or even bread to soak up the delicious sauce. The porcupine name comes from the fact that they include belly-filling cooked brown rice in the recipe. Make the rice in advance to save time (or use leftovers).

Recipe here

10. Pulled Beef


You know the pulled beef that you love so much when you go out for dinner? It’s actually super simple to make at home.

Now this recipe for Slow Cooked Beef Brisket suggests you serve it with some cabbage which you need to roast for 40 mins, but you’re not going to do that because you are so tired that you just found your keys in the fridge.

Instead, you’re going to serve up the pull-apart beef with some simple mashed potato and steamed veggies, or even just serve it with some salad in a wrap.

The recipe is available to members of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge. It’s worth joining for this recipe alone.

Want to access thousands more healthy recipes like these?

Love the sound of these delicious recipes? Want access to thousands and thousands MORE healthy recipes just like it? Then be sure to check out our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

Our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is a family-friendly, breastfeeding-safe program designed FOR MUMS to help them tackle their health and lose weight. 

The Bulk Cooking Challenge Starts July 2nd

Every week you are given a different meal plan to follow and each month we add 100+ NEW recipes to our Challenge Recipe Hub. That way, you’ll never get bored and stay on weight loss track while digging into healthy, yummy recipes.

Learn more about our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge HERE.


written by:

Lee Price

Lee is a mother of two children who loves writing, the beach, cooking, and drinking coffee. She lives on the south coast of NSW and can usually be found pushing her kids on the swing at the local park.