As the days get shorter and the temperatures fall, the slow cooker becomes our loyal friend. We throw a few ingredients into her warm belly, and she dutifully delivers a cozy meal by the end of the day. After a tiresome day of work, school, homework, and afterschool activities, there’s nothing better than coming home to the miraculous realization that dinner is already done. Here are a few slow cooker delights to make your fall nights a little more peaceful:
Nothing screams fall more than the one-pot, warm goodness of chili. This white chili has canned white beans and ground turkey with a chicken broth base. Make it fun for the kids with a topping bar of crumbled tortilla chips, Monterrey Jack cheese, sour cream, avocado, and green onions. For a more traditional chili, this Crockpot Kid-Friendly Turkey Chili is also a good, basic winner.
Channel your Italian ancestors (or just pretend you have Italian roots) with this slow-simmered sauce. It requires a little make-ahead time to form the meatballs, but the end result is worth it. You can serve it traditionally over pasta or make meatball subs if you’re feeling really saucy.
This copycat recipe rivals Olive Garden’s hot and hearty Zuppa Tuscana. It’s always a hit and so easy. You can use chicken sausage instead of pork to make it healthier. Serve with some crusty bread to soak up all its goodness.
This recipe is a classic, meat-and-potatoes stew. It’s filling, flavorful, and the perfect all-in-one-bowl meal; it’s satisfying comfort food for a blustery night. You can serve as a stew or over rice or egg noodles. The boys in my house are big fans.
This dessert uses fall’s bounty of apples and pears to its best advantage. Throwing a little dessert action into a busy week might just revolutionize your Tuesday. Cozy up to warm, buttery apples and pears with crisp oatmeal and brown sugar topping. Heck, just have dessert for dinner!
As autumn begins to fall around us like a cozy flannel shirt, we’re starting to get into our school and work juggling-act groove. Life is full and busy, and pausing for a minute for a warm meal together as a family is everything. Happy fall and stay cozy!