30+ Dump & Go Spring Slow Cooker Recipes
An absolute breeze to throw together, these dump & go spring slow cooker recipes are just the thing to make for dinner this week! Chop & drop recipes totally take the stress out of dinner prep. Bonus points: they’ll help you make the most of all that beautiful spring produce while it’s in season (and the whole family will love them).
about these spring slow cooker recipes
As far as I’m concerned, every season is crockpot season!
No matter the temperature outside, the less prep & less stress part is one of the biggest perks of crockpot cooking (well, that and less cleanup).
They’re an especially great option if your weeknights feel very busy and you want a little more time for yourself.
Since you can set a timer & walk away, embracing a slow cooker dinner strategy frees you up to spend your time however you want to (and still be able to come home to healthy, home cooked meal).
They’re designed to help you make the most of fresh spring produce – like asparagus, peas, carrots, potatoes and more – while it’s in season (and when you can get it at its most affordable price).
The best part is that they make lots of leftovers, so this is a great recipe collection to save for busy weeks or anytime you need to feed a crowd quickly & easily!
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what makes these recipes dump and go?
A dump and go slow cooker recipe is one that doesn’t require browning, sautéing, or cooking ingredients prior to adding them to the crockpot.
Less prep steps, less stress (and less dishes to contend with at the end of the day).
what makes these recipes healthy
The truth is, there isn’t a universally agreed upon definition of what makes a recipe healthy.
As an expert on healthy habits, I should know — I’ve interviewed over 200 health and wellness experts on the question of what it really means to be healthy, and have yet to uncover a definition of healthy eating that all experts agree on.
However, I did write the book on what it really means to be healthy, and when it comes to recipes I take a whole, real foods, research-based approach.
With that in mind, all of these recipes are made with whole food ingredients, without any added refined sugar, and do not include processed ingredients or oils.
They are also plant-forward, include whole grains, as well as plenty of colorful, health-filled veggies.
Finally, as a healthy habits expert, I know that a big part of eating healthy is making the process easy.
That’s why all these recipes are not only filled with good-for-you ingredients, but also incredibly simple to prepare.
As always, if you’re following a specific diet for health reasons, consult with your doctor or registered dietitian for specific health advice and check out our nutrition disclaimer for more information.
how to freeze and store leftovers
All of these slow cooker recipes will keep well in the fridge for up to 3-4 days, in a sealed container.
Many of these recipes also freeze well, store in a sealed freezer friendly container for up to 2-3 months.
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chicken slow cooker recipes for spring
Thai Inspired Chicken Meatball Soup
Ingredients: ground chicken, rice noodles, chicken stock, almond flour (or oat flour), lemongrass, garlic, ginger, red curry paste, fish sauce, coconut aminos, water, coconut milk, baby spinach, lime juice and salt (includes swaps for vegetarian, vegan, whole30, paleo)
Slow Cooker Tropical Pulled Chicken
Ingredients: chicken breasts or chicken thighs, gluten-free tamari, honey, grated ginger, canned crushed pineapple, tomato paste, garlic powder, onion powder and salt.
Slow Cooker Lemon Herb Pulled Chicken + 3 Ways to Use It
Ingredients: chicken, lemon juice, dijon mustard, Italian seasoning, garlic
6-Ingredient Slow Cooker Enchilada Chicken
Ingredients: chicken breast, onion, garlic powder, cumin, lime juice, tomato sauce, chili powder and salt
Slow Cooker Peach Chicken with Basil
Ingredients: chicken breasts (or chicken thighs), onion, balsamic vinegar, peaches, basil, garlic powder and salt.
5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Fajita Salsa Chicken
Ingredients: chicken, onion, bell pepper, salsa, lime juice and salt
Slow Cooker Balsamic Tomato Basil Pulled Chicken
Ingredients: chicken, roma or cherry tomatoes, garlic, basil, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and salt.
Slow Cooker Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots
Ingredients: whole chicken, baby potatoes, carrots, paprika, garlic, garlic powder, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, rosemary and salt.
Slow Cooker Citrus Chicken (Pollo Asado)
Ingredients: bone-in chicken thighs and legs, orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice, garlic, onion, honey (optional) and salt.
Instant Pot + Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)
Ingredients: chicken breasts (or thighs), chicken stock, carrots, celery, onion, frozen peas, coconut milk, bay leaf and other seasonings
Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken with 5-Ingredient Peanut Sauce
Ingredients: chicken, broccoli, bell peppers, peanut butter, garlic, maple syrup, vinegar and other spices.
5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken & Sweet Potatoes
Ingredients: chicken breasts, sweet potatoes, hot sauce, mayo, lime juice, coconut oil and salt
Healthy Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken & Veggies
Ingredients: chicken breasts, chicken stock, potatoes, carrots, yogurt (traditional or plant-based), mayo, apple cider vinegar, and the easiest homemade ranch seasoning
3-Ingredient Crockpot Salsa Chicken Stuffed Potatoes
Ingredients: chicken breasts or chicken thighs, salsa, and russet potatoes.
healthy spring slow cooker recipes
Slow Cooker Veggie Coconut Curry
Ingredients: baby potatoes, carrots, chickpeas, stock, asparagus, peas, coconut milk, red Thai curry paste, lime juice and cilantro
Easy Crockpot Turkey Meatballs
Ingredients: ground turkey, marinara sauce, basil, spinach, onion, garlic powder, nutritional yeast and salt.
Pineapple Teriyaki Meatballs
Ingredients: ground chicken (or pork or turkey), green onion, garlic, ginger, coconut aminos, crushed pineapple, pineapple juice, honey, arrowroot powder (or corn starch), almond flour (or oat flour) and water.
Crockpot Mini Turkey Meatball Vegetable Soup
Ingredients: ground turkey (or ground beef), onion, carrots, celery, zucchini, tomatoes, stock, spinach, Italian seasoning and other spices
Crockpot Loaded Mexican Chicken Soup
Ingredients: chicken breasts (or thighs), chicken stock, zucchini, tomato sauce, leafy greens, onion, chili powder, cumin and other seasonings
Instant Pot + Crockpot Sunshine Lemon Chicken Chowder
Ingredients: chicken breasts (or thighs), baby potatoes, celery, cauliflower, onion, chicken stock, coconut milk, lemon juice, turmeric and other seasonings
Slow Cooker Chicken, Veggie, and Quinoa Stew
Ingredients: chicken breast (or thigh), stock, quinoa, zucchini, corn, garlic, onion, carrots, chickpeas, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning and other spices
Slow Cooker Chicken and Chickpea Stew
Ingredients: chicken breast (or thigh), chickpeas, stock, onion, carrot, garlic, diced tomatoes, spinach, dried apricots, lemon juice and other spices.
vegetarian spring slow cooker recipes
Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup
Ingredients: russet potatoes, celery, carrot, onion, fire roasted tomatoes, tomato paste, peas, corn, green beans, stock, garlic powder, smoked paprika, bay leaves and salt.
Slow Cooker Vegetable Curry
Ingredients: chickpeas, sweet potato, cauliflower, onion, vegetable broth, peas, spinach, coconut milk, curry powder, turmeric, ginger, garlic powder, tomato paste, lime juice, and salt
Slow Cooker Creamy Potato Corn Chowder (Dairy-Free)
Ingredients: russet potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, broth, coconut milk, onion, garlic, white wine vinegar and other spices
10-Ingredient Slow Cooker Vegetable and Quinoa Stew
Ingredients: sweet potatoes, white beans, chickpeas, carrots, diced tomatoes, quinoa, kale, onion, stock
Slow Cooker Refried Bean Tacos
Ingredients: dry pinto beans, water, salt and any taco toppings you like.
Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free)
Ingredients: quinoa, canned black beans, bell pepper, onion, cumin, garlic powder, mild chili powder, tomato sauce, diced fire-roasted tomatoes, green chilis, lime juice and salt
Slow Cooker 5-Ingredient Fire Roasted Marinara
Ingredients: fire-roasted tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, onion, smoked paprika.
Slow Cooker Turmeric Lentil Chili
Ingredients: kidney beans, lentils, stock, onion, tomato paste, coconut milk, cumin, turmeric and other spices
5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Ingredients: black beans, sweet potatoes, salsa, garlic powder and smoked paprika.
30+ Dump and Go Spring Slow Cooker Recipes: Veggie Coconut Curry
- 1 pound baby potatoes, quartered
- 1 pound carrots, chopped into 1-inch pieces
- 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- ⅓ cup vegetable or chicken stock
- 1 pound asparagus, chopped into 1-inch pieces
- 1 cup peas, fresh or frozen, defrosted
For the Coconut Curry Sauce
- 1 15-oz can coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce, (or vegan fish sauce for vegan diet)
- 2 teaspoons honey, (or maple syrup for vegan diet)
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
- Chopped cilantro for serving, optional
- Make the Coconut Curry Sauce by whisking the coconut milk, curry paste, fish sauce, honey or maple syrup, and 2 tablespoons lime juice until smooth.
- Add the potatoes, carrots and chickpeas to a 6-quart slow cooker. Add the stock and ⅓ cup of the Coconut Curry Sauce, stirring to combine.
- Cover and cook on high for 2 ½-3 hours, or low for 4-5 hours, or until the potatoes and carrots are just cooked through.
- Add the asparagus, stirring to combine. Cover and cook on high for an additional 10 minutes, or until the asparagus reaches desired doneness. Add the peas, the remaining Coconut Curry Sauce, and an additional 1 tablespoon lime juice, stirring to combine.
- Taste and add additional fish sauce or lime juice if desired. Serve over rice, cauliflower rice, or on its own, with sprinkle of cilantro if desired.
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