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10 Healthy Slow-Cooker Recipes Perfect for Fall

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.

1. Citrus Chicken (Pollo Asado)

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.

Photo Credit: Real Food Whole Life & Yummly

Recipe and Photo: Real Food Whole Life via Yummly

2. Three-Bean Chili with Quinoa

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.

Photo Credit: Wholesomelicious & Yummly

Recipe and Photo: Wholesomelicious via Yummly

3. Pulled Pork with Caramelized Onions

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.

Photo Credit: EatingWell®

Recipe and Photo: EatingWell

4. Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon

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.

Photo Credit: Beachbody and Yummly

Recipe and Photo: Beachbody via Yummly

5. Tejano Carne Guisada (Braised Beef for Tacos)

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.

Photo Credit: Food Charlatan & Yummly

Recipe and Photo: Food Charlatan via Yummly

6. Caldo de Pollo (Mexican Chicken Soup)

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.

Photo Credit: The Lemon Bowl & Yummly

Recipe and Photo: The Lemon Bowl via Yummly

7. Lentil Bolognese

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.

Photo Credit: Simply Whisked & Yummly

Recipe and Photo: Simply Whisked via Yummly

8. Vegetable Curry with Sweet Potato & Chickpeas

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.

Photo Credit: Cookin' Canuck & Yummly

Recipe and Photo: Cookin’ Canuck via Yummly

9. Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

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.

Photo Credit: Beachbody & Yummly

Beachbody via Yummly

10. Sweet Thai Chili Meatballs

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.

Photo Credit: Life's Ambrosia & Yummly

Recipe and Photo: Life’s Ambrosia via Yummly

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