Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes

New Years Resolutions are in full swing - gyms are packed and diets are all the rage. Between all of your goals for the new year, who has time to think about feeding oneself? Enter the crock pot, your new best friend. Throw a few things in your slow cooker in the morning and come home to a hot, delicious, healthful meal that will keep you from grabbing that bag of potato chips immediately after getting home. Here are 10 of our favorites that will keep you satisfied, healthy, and happy!

BEEF ROAST

Mmmm. Meat just falls apart after being slow-cooked! Just like your mom used to make. Recipe via Creme de la Crumb here

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TACOS AL PASTOR

Image via  Gimme Some Oven

Image via Gimme Some Oven

You heard me: TACOS. Recipe via Gimme Some Oven here

CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

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Image via Cooking Classy

Perfect when you want some classic comfort food. An easy dish to make to help those winter colds you know are coming. Recipe via Cooking Classy here

HEALTHY CHILI

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Image via Savory Nothings

Keep this one in your back pocket for your Superbowl party. Not only a classic dish for this time of year, it's a healthy alternative to all of those fried snacks you munch on while watching the game. Recipe via Savory Nothings here

WHITE BEAN CHICKEN CHILI VERDE

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Image via Maebells

Not a red meat fan? No problem! Try this lighter, yet still filling, version of chili. It's gluten-free too, for those with allergies. Recipe via Maebells here

RED LENTIL DAL

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Image via Cafe Johnsonia

Gone completely veg or vegan? This red lentil dal is perfect, as it is filling and has a hefty portion of spices to keep you excited. Try it out for meatless Monday, omnivores! Recipe via Cafe Johnsonia here

KOREAN SHORT RIB TACOS

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Image via Carpe Season

I'll admit, I have a bit of a taco obsession (but who doesn't?). Try these out for a bit of flair in your week. Recipe via Carpe Season here

THAI CHICKEN SOUP

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Image via foodiecrush

Needing a bit more spice in your chicken soup that the traditional American version has to offer? Try this yummy Thai version that features red curry paste and peanut butter. Omnomnom. Recipe via foodiecrush here.  

BEEF STEW

Another classic, perfect for those chilly winter snaps. Chock full of veggies, too! Recipe via Whole and Heavenly Oven here

HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE

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If you have not had homemade applesauce yet, do yourself a favor and put it on your to-do list ASAP. Store-bought simply pales in comparison. A snack of toasty warm applesauce will satisfy any sugar craving that might hit you. Recipe via The Healthy Maven here

Let us know some of your favorites in the comments! Happy low-maintenance cooking! 
-Amanda

Fall Recipe Favorites

It's that time again - Fall in Chicago! Our favorite time of year. The weather will be absolutely perfect for baking up a storm (once the temperature drops this weekend!). Here are 5 of our favorites to try this season!

1. Baked Apples. If you are a semi-regular baker, you will already have everything you need to whip out these beauties - they are super easy. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Core the center of the apple, leaving the bottom part to hold all the goodies. Put 1/2 tsp. of nutmeg and 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon in the cored apple. Next, add 1 tsp. of brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon of butter. Pop them in the oven for 45 minutes, and you have a gorgeous dessert! Add a little whipped cream on top for some flair. Bonus points if you go all in and pick your own apples to use, like we did! 

Apple orchards! We used tsugaru apples - any local apples you can find will work best!

Apple orchards! We used tsugaru apples - any local apples you can find will work best!

2. Crockpot Chili. Chili goes with every occasion once the cold fronts hit - it's the perfect comfort food (and vegetarians can easily customize it too!). Head on over to The Everygirl to see our favorite (easy!) recipe! You can either stick it in the crockpot and forget about it until dinner time, or whip it up on the stove top at the end of a long day.

Photo via  The Everygirl

Photo via The Everygirl

3. Pumpkin Sugar Cookies. Of course a fall recipe list is incomplete without cookies (and pumpkin cookies, to boot!). Check out Cooking Classy's Pumpkin Sugar Cookies with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting - they taste even more amazing than they look!

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Photo via Cooking Classy

4. Roasted Vegetables. Just because it's autumn doesn't mean you need to fall off the health wagon! Fall vegetables and squashes are delicious when oven-roasted, and give you your daily dose of veggies. Spoon Fork Bacon has an amazing recipe for roasting root vegetables that is sure to impress even the pickiest eaters!

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5. Mulled Apple Cider. One of our favorite things about fall is all of the yummy spices! Check out this crockpot apple cider recipe from No. 2 Pencil - a must at your next dinner party! This recipe is booze-free, so the kids can enjoy too!

Photo via  No. 2 Pencil

Photo via No. 2 Pencil

Share some of your favorite fall recipes with us in the comments! Enjoy!

xoxo,
Amanda