3 Tasty, Healthy Slow-Cooker Meals to Bring in the Fall Season
I love my slow-cooker. And I mean love it. Not only does it produce tasty meals for my whole family, it’s incredibly easy to use, saving me time (and stress) while setting up the perfect dinner.
I don’t know about you, but there’s something about the Fall season that makes me turn to the slow-cooker a little more than usual, too. For a nice, cozy meal, it’s just hard to beat!
While there are hundreds of slow-cooker recipes online at the click of a mouse or the tap of a thumb, today I want to share three that I think are absolutely perfect — and healthy— for the season.
- Cowboy Casserole
First off, being in Texas, you gotta love the name “cowboy casserole.” This one just feels right, and the final product is absolutely delicious and worthy of the name.
This one uses ground beef, onion, potatoes, garlic, beans, a can of cream of chicken soup, diced tomatoes, cheese, and some seasonings, resulting in a perfectly meaty, hearty, savory meal that will have the whole family coming back to the slow-cooker to dip out seconds.
While this recipe is fantastic as-is, I highly recommend swapping the Italian seasoning for your favorite barbecue rub and adding a couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce for a little extra punch and umami kick!
If this sounds like your kind of meal, you can view the full process right here.
- Slow-Cooker Tom Kha Gai
Is cowboy casserole a little too obvious? Enter this amazing slow-cooker Tom Kha Gai recipe from Martha Stewart.
Tom Kha Gai, sometimes spelled Tom Kha Kai or simply called Thai coconut soup, will immediately boost your culinary game — and it’s actually a pretty straightforward and simple recipe to follow! That said, you might need to find a local Asian grocery store for some of these ingredients, especially Thai bird chiles and fresh galangal.
I absolutely love how the flavors meld and mingle in the slow-cooker with this one, and I think your family will agree! The name might seem daunting, but I promise the reward is worth it — and you might learn about some new ingredients in the process.
Ready to dive in? View the full recipe right here.
- Chicken with sage and lemon
This meal is bright and refreshing while still maintaining the cozy and filling experience you expect from the slow-cooker.
Even better is this: It transforms chicken breast (a sometimes dry and stringy meat) into a moist, tender, fall-apart dinner for the whole family.
Still need a little convincing? It doesn’t get much easier than this. You’ll just need:
- Boneless, skinless chicken breast
- Salt and pepper
- One lemon / lemon zest
- Three sprigs of sage
This one’s so easy and delicious, and it also gives you room to improvise. Personally, I like adding garlic, a dash of hot sauce, and some thyme to give it a little extra depth and flavor. But feel free to experiment and tweak it to your preference!
Want to dig in? Here’s that full recipe.
What are some of your favorite slow-cooker recipes? I’d love to hear them! Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know!
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