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).
Just like my summer, winter and fall crockpot collections, these simple spring crock pot recipes are all a breeze to throw together.
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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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.
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.
Cozy and delicious Thai Inspired Chicken Meatball Soup can be made on the stovetop or slow cooker resulting in a super flavorful coconut curry broth. Includes easy swaps to make this whole30, paleo, nut-free, vegetarian and vegan friendly!
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)
This easy recipe for shredded chicken for enchiladas is totally simple, completely delicious and the perfect weeknight crockpot recipe. Plus this chicken recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free, Paleo and Whole30 compliant too!
Ingredients: chicken breasts (or chicken thighs), onion, garlic powder, cumin, lime juice, tomato sauce, chili powder and salt.
Slow Cooker Peach Chicken with Basil combines juicy peaches, balsamic vinegar, and fresh basil for an easy, flavorful dinner anytime. Easy enough to throw together on a weeknight, this one’s bound to become a new family-favorite recipe!
The perfect recipe for when you’re short on time but still want a delicious, real food dinner, 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Fajita Salsa Chicken is a snap to prep and requires just a handful of ingredients.
Ingredients: chicken, onion, bell pepper, salsa, lime juice and salt
Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken with Tomatoes and Basil
This healthy slow cooker balsamic chicken with tomatoes and basil is a fresh, easy meal that draws on the flavors of bruschetta for a simple, flavorful meal everyone will love. It’s one of those recipes that we find ourselves making on repeat week after week!
Ingredients: chicken, roma or cherry tomatoes, garlic, basil, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and salt.
Tender, juicy, and incredibly simple to prepare, Slow Cooker Whole Chicken and Vegetables is a satisfying one-pot meal made with whole chicken, potatoes, carrots, garlic, and a hit of flavor from a simple balsamic sauce.
Crave-worthy Buffalo chicken gets a dairy-free makeover! Stuffed inside a tender sweet potato, and done completely in the slow cooker, 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken & Sweet Potatoes is your answer to dinner tonight.
Ingredients: chicken breasts, sweet potatoes, hot sauce, mayo, lime juice, coconut oil and salt
A versatile, filling, one-pot meal, slow cooker ranch chicken and veggies is made with a simple homemade ranch seasoning blend, chicken, carrots, and potatoes; making for an easy dinner recipe everyone will love!
Ingredients: chicken breasts, chicken stock, potatoes, carrots, yogurt (traditional or plant-based), mayo, apple cider vinegar, homemade ranch seasoning.
This Crockpot Salsa Chicken Stuffed Potatoes recipe is the easiest, most delicious, wildly simple recipe you’ll find anywhere. What’s more, everything cooks together in the slow cooker, so prep is super fast and cleanup is a breeze!
Ingredients: chicken breasts or chicken thighs, salsa, and russet potatoes.
Pineapple Teriyaki Meatballs are a quick 30 minute or easy make-ahead crockpot dinner with ground chicken, crushed pineapple, and a homemade naturally sweetened teriyaki sauce. Includes simple swaps to easily make this recipe nut-free!
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.
Simple to make and bursting with fresh summer flavors, Crockpot Loaded Mexican Chicken Soup is perfect any time of year. A great recipe for all your farmer’s market finds, and paleo and Whole30 friendly, too!
Ingredients: chicken breasts (or thighs), chicken stock, zucchini, tomato sauce, leafy greens, onion, chili powder, cumin and other seasonings
This easy, hearty slow cooker vegetable soup is made with a mix of cut veggies that stand up well to a longer cook time, such as carrots, potatoes, and celery (no mush veggies here!) Best of all, you can make it without sautéing the vegetables first, which is a nice time-saver, too!
Ingredients: potatoes, celery, carrot, onion, fire roasted tomatoes, tomato paste, peas, corn, green beans, stock, garlic powder, smoked paprika, bay leaves and salt.
This easy slow cooker corn chowder is a breeze to prep, and is a hearty vegetarian and vegan recipe that’s luxuriously creamy without a drop of cream. A surprisingly simple yet delicious dairy free meal to enjoy all year round!
Ingredients: russet potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, broth, coconut milk, onion, garlic, white wine vinegar and other spices
With just 2 ingredients and minimal prep, you can whip up a batch of homemade refried beans. Fold into a warm tortilla, pile on the toppings, and you’ll have yourself quick and delicious Slow Cooker Refried Bean Tacos for dinner in no time!
Ingredients: dry pinto beans, water, salt and any taco toppings you like.
Make your own pasta sauce at home the easy way with this simple recipe for Slow Cooker 5-Ingredient Fire Roasted Marinara. You’ll love the homemade flavor, how easy it is to prepare, and that there’s none of the processed stuff!
30+ Dump and Go Spring Slow Cooker Recipes: Veggie Coconut Curry
Bursting with vibrant vegetables, Slow Cooker Veggie Coconut Curry is easy to pull together and is the perfect dinner any night of the week. Plus 30+ more dump and go spring slow cooker recipes the whole family will love!
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.
Use vegan fish sauce in place of traditional fish sauce and maple syrup in place of honey for vegan and vegetarian diets.Look for Thai red curry paste on the Asian foods aisle of your grocery store. If you things spicy, add 2 tablespoons. If you’re very spice-adverse, add less.All slow cookers are different, so you may need to adjust the time up or down depending on your particular model.All veggies are shown together in the photo to give you a sense of the ingredients. Please read and follow recipe instructions for amounts and details on the order in which to add them.If you have them, fresh peas can be used in place of frozen.Feed someone particularly sensitive to spice? Serve the curry after stirring in the asparagus and peas but prior to adding the remaining curry sauce.