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50 delicious slow cooker recipes that will warm you up this winter

  • 50 delicious slow cooker recipes that will warm you up this

    In this fast-paced, increasingly digital age, finding time to cook a good meal can be difficult. It’s even tougher for families: In 2017, both parents worked in 62% of married couples with children. Even when only one parent works or in households without children, finding time between work and school, extracurriculars, and maintaining a social life to spend a few hours in front of the oven can seem impossible. That helps explain why the Centers for Disease Control found that 37% of U.S. adults ate fast food on any given day between 2013 and 2016.

    Ironically, going slow can actually be a healthier, more convenient way to get a meal on the table. Slow cookers (sometimes called Crock-Pots due to the popularity of the brand) use a low heat to do exactly what the name suggests: cook things slowly. Often, slow cooker meals just require you to throw the ingredients in the pot and leave them to cook on the counter while you go about the rest of your day. Then, you get to return to a warm meal sitting on the counter.

    Slow cookers are especially effective in the winter months when everyone craves soups, stews, and hot drinks to warm themselves up. To find the recipes best suited to the cold, winter months, Stacker combed the wide world of cooking blogs and websites to find 50 recipes showcasing the diverse range of amazing meals slow cookers can help you get on the table.

    Whether you’re planning a huge holiday party or making a meal for one, these recipes will help you forget the freezing temperature outside.

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  • Honey buffalo meatballs

    Source: The Recipe Critic

    These meatballs with "more of a gameday flair" add a splash of flavor to your family's next tailgate. They simmer in a sauce that can be as spicy or sweet as you want, meaning you always win—even if your favorite team doesn't.

  • Coconut quinoa curry

    Source: Simply Quinoa

    Curry is notoriously difficult to get right, but this quinoa curry is simple and flavorful. The recipe calls for adding the quinoa directly into the dish, resulting in a healthy meal that's "thick, hearty and simply delicious."

     

  • Pumpkin streusel coffee cake

    Source: Amy's Healthy Baking

    Anyone looking for something seasonal to satisfy their morning sweet-tooth will love this tall, moist coffee cake. Pair it with your morning coffee, or pumpkin spice latte, and enjoy.

  • Moroccan chickpea and turkey stew

    Source: Skinnytaste

    This stew warms you up as much from its red pepper flakes as the few hours it simmers in the slow cooker. Eat a bowl and stick the rest in the freezer to enjoy again later: It's totally freezer-friendly and naturally gluten-free.

  • Sticky caramel pumpkin cake

    Source: Platter Talk

    This caramel-topped pumpkin cake is made with only a few ingredients, making it an incredibly easy, straightforward, and delicious cap to a holiday meal. Best part—you can make it without ever turning on the oven.

  • Vegan crockpot quinoa black bean chili

    Source: Jessica in the Kitchen

    Even though this chili is cooked with quinoa and black beans, it has a strikingly "meaty" flavor omnivores and vegans alike will enjoy. The best part is it only takes 10 minutes to prep, leaving plenty of time for playing in the snow or curling up on the couch with a good book during a snow storm.

  • Lemon cake

    Source: Spicy Southern Kitchen

    This treat, mixed with poppy seeds and topped with a lemon glaze, is a spongy, moist bright spot during months where it otherwise gets dark before 6 p.m.

  • Vegetarian lasagna soup

    Source: FoodieCrush

    This recipe cleverly replaces the ground beef found in most lasagna recipes with an assortment of vegetables for a healthier twist on a well-loved classic. Once topped with a dollop of three kinds of cheese and herbs, the traditional flavor shines through.

  • Mango salsa chicken with coconut rice

    Source: Cooking Classy

    This chicken dish's "Baja Mexico/tropical island food" flavors allow you to pretend you're on a tropical island, even if you're snowed in instead.

  • Death by chocolate dump cake

    Source: Cutefetti

    Chocolate lovers will be obsessed with this rich, gooey cake that requires little more than throwing a few ingredients into the slow cooker and walking away.

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