Chilly weather is around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to make use of your slow cooker. This versatile kitchen gadget can make anything from a hearty chili to a rotisserie-style chicken. Here are ten of our favorite slow-cooker recipes to make cooking a little easier this fall.
What makes it healthy: Slow cooking brings out the chicken’s natural flavors, so there’s no need for additional sauces.
Why we like it: Slow-cooked chicken is perfect for meal prepping. Use it in salads and sandwiches, or serve it alongside the whole grain and veggies of your choice.
Recipe and Photo: Real Food Whole Life via Yummly
What makes it healthy: Quinoa and three kinds of beans pack this chili with plant-based protein and heart-healthy fiber.
Why we like it: This one-pot dish provides all the nutrients necessary for a well-balanced meal. Freeze any extra in individual bags to enjoy as quick weeknight dinners.
Recipe and Photo: Wholesomelicious via Yummly
What makes it healthy: This recipe gets its flavor from chipotle peppers and apple cider vinegar, so you can get away with adding less salt.
Why we like it: Making pulled pork in a slow cooker is a low-stress way to feed a crowd. Try it at your next dinner party.
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What makes it healthy: Steel-cut oats make a hearty, fiber-rich breakfast sure to keep you satisfied until lunchtime.
Why we like it: It’s a tasty way to use up extra apples, which are in season during fall. Steel-cut oats take a while to cook on the stove top. Simmer them overnight in your slow cooker and wake up to a warm, no-fuss breakfast.
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What makes it healthy: It makes lean cuts of beef taste tender and juicy.
Why we like it: Use it to make restaurant-style steak tacos with no grill required.
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What makes it healthy: It’s light in calories (under 150 calories per serving) and high in protein.
Why we like it: Only a handful of ingredients is needed to put this hearty soup on the table, and its bright flavor is guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds.
Recipe and Photo: The Lemon Bowl via Yummly
What makes it healthy: This bolognese has less fat and fewer calories than a meat-based version, but still delivers a good dose of protein and iron.
Why we like it: We could all use more plant proteins in our diet.
Recipe and Photo: Simply Whisked via Yummly
What makes it healthy: Spinach, tomatoes and sweet potatoes bring plenty of antioxidants and vitamins to this hearty vegetarian meal.
Why we like it: Although the ingredients list may look long at first glance, it uses many pantry staples like chickpeas, canned tomatoes and vegetable broth.
Recipe and Photo: Cookin’ Canuck via Yummly
What makes it healthy: Farro, a healthy whole grain with a nutty flavor, is used instead of tortillas to bump up the fiber.
Why we like it: They’ll satisfy your craving for something warm and cheesy. And they’ll make even better leftovers.
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What makes it healthy: It has Thai-inspired flavors with less sodium and fat than takeout.
Why we like it: These meatballs can be served as an entrée or as a crowd-pleasing appetizer.
Recipe and Photo: Life’s Ambrosia via Yummly