Chilly weather is afoot, which means it’s the perfect time to make use of your slow cooker. This versatile kitchen counter appliance 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. Click here to get personalized slow cooker recipe recommendations from our team of Registered Dietitians!
What makes it healthy: Slow cooking brings out the chicken’s natural flavors, so there’s no need for additional sauces.
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.
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.
What makes it healthy: It makes less-tender cuts of beef fork-tender and juicy.
Why we like it: Use it to make restaurant-style steak tacos with no grill required.
What makes it healthy: It’s plant forward and high in protein.
Why we like it: A blend of traditional Indian spices gives this soup big flavor with low effort.
Recipe and Photo: The Lemon Bowl via Yummly
What makes it healthy: This stew is packed with veggies and brightened up with lemon juice instead of salt.
Why we like it: It's like having chicken pot pie without all the fuss.
What makes it healthy: Coffee acts a part of the braising liquid to infuse flavor and tenderize the beef instead of store bought stock.
Why we like it: It's a fresh spin on the classic Sunday roast and comes complete with slow caramelized onions as a garnish.
Check out our collection of slow-cooker meals for more recipe inspiration.