Summer has officially come to an end, and the brisk, chilly days of fall are upon us. Whether you’re already starting your holiday shopping or just getting ready for the cold weather, there seems to be a shift in the air when autumn rolls around.
This shift also seems to extend into the kitchen. With the hustle and bustle of the new season, it might be time to take out that slow cooker, so you can create some delicious hands-off meals using some of the season’s bounty. Of course, you’ll want to keep it healthy, and you can easily eat clean with these eight delicious slow cooker recipes that are perfect for fall.
1. 3-Ingredient Balsamic Chicken
Cooking clean doesn’t have to be difficult. This chicken recipe from Skinny Ms uses just salsa and balsamic vinegar to make a pot of tender chicken that can be added to salad, tacos or even just eaten alone.
2. Enchilada Quinoa
Fall means corn, and there are plenty of ways you can put corn to use, including a vegetarian enchilada made with black beans and quinoa. Find the recipe on Moms With Crockpots.
3. Zucchini Lasagna
This lasagna recipe from Primavera Kitchen is gluten-free and low-carb, as it uses zucchini instead of noodles. Plus, making lasagna in a slow-cooker cuts down on prep time.
4. Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
Nothing says fall quite like pumpkin pie, but to clean things up, you can make a healthy oatmeal reminiscent of the classic dessert. Check out the blog Amy in the Kitchen for the full recipe.
5. Chili Verde
As the weather gets colder, you’ll want to curl up with a bowl of this chili verde from My Natural Family. This hearty dish is filled with pork, numerous spices and herbs, and avocado.
6. Lentil Soup
If chili isn’t your thing, why not whip up a batch of soup? Slow cookers are life-savers when it comes to making soup for a crowd, and this lentil soup recipe from Pinch of Yum is loaded with fall vegetables including squash, carrots, potato and celery.
7. Baked Apples
If you go apple picking and don’t know what do with all that fruit, make some baked apples in your crock pot using this recipe from Foodie and Wine. With that epic mixture of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, your kitchen will definitely start smelling like fall.
8. Fall Harvest Apple Cider
And if you’re still not done with those apples, why not whip up some apple cider? Whole Food Bellies has a recipe that’s filled with citrus and spice, and making it in a slow cooker means there’s always enough for guests.
Enjoy the flavors of fall!
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