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10 Best Budget-Friendly Recipes for the Slow Cooker

Chicken Soft Tacos

Just like the Taco Bell drive thru, except nothing like that. Let the kids choose their own toppings (shredded cheese, sour cream, avocado, lettuce, salsa) and serve with cumin-scented brown rice.

Recipe via Natasha Kitchen

Bean and Ham Soup with Spinach

If that trip to a small Tuscan village is out of the question (for now), tuck into this delicious, healthy and affordable bean, ham and spinach soup.

Recipe via Kalyn's Kitchen

Thai Chicken, Peanut and Quinoa Bowl

Coconut milk and peanut butter braised chicken served over fluffy quinoa. Wouldn't it be great to come home to this at the end of the day? Oh wait, you can!

Recipe via Food Faith and Fitness

Balsamic Honey Pulled Pork

Sweet (honey), sour (Balsamic vinegar) and savory (slow roasted pork) — this dish hits some serious flavor notes. If you're not into bread, serve this in lettuce cups or over brown rice.

Recipe via Just a Taste

Picadillo Quesadillas

These are like a cheesy mystery wrapped in a beefy enigma. The real question is: Why can't we eat these every day?

Recipe via Skinny Taste

Chicken Ramen Noodle Bowls

This just got real. You cook the eggs, in their shell, in the soup, in the slow cooker. Soft poached eggs, chicken, miso and ramen. I'm in!

Recipe via A Spicy Perspective

5 Ingredient Green Chili

This recipe is genius! It uses all the bold flavors packed into a jar of salsa verde to liven up the chili. Add chicken, beans and chicken broth and this is a green chili love fest!

Recipe via Gimme Some Oven

Peach Salsa Pork Roast with Sweet Potatoes

Pork, peaches and sweet potatoes, where have you been all my life? There's pretty much nothing not to like about this dish.

Recipe via Foodie with Family

Meatball Stew

Let's address the elephant in the room here, 'meatball stew' sounds like something your second grader would invent. But the recipe works, and more than that, your second grader will love it.

Recipe via Pocket Change Gourmet

Red Lentil Dal with Brown Rice

Indian spices perfume this exotic dish (adjust the heat according to your family's taste buds). Serve with brown rice for a truly terrific vegan meal.

Recipe via Café Johnsonia

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