15 BEST Slow-Cooker Recipes: Part 1

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Slow-cookers are the best. Period.

Granted, they would be far better if they would also prep the food and do the dishes for you … but let’s get real here – they’re the closest thing some of us will ever have to a personal chef.

However, nobody wants to pull out the slow-cooker during the summer months.

But, now that summer is behind us and fall has made itself at home, the slow-cooker – or if you have one, a rice cooker, has a place in your kitchen again as our bodies begin to crave heartier foods.

But, first, let’s talk fat

Food is meant for nourishment (duh!) as well as to help regulate our body temperature (this is where the healthy fat talks we’ve had with you come in).

In the summer time, our bodies are hot enough due to the heat, so we tend to crave lighter foods.

In the fall, our bodies aren’t feeling the massive temperature change (I can say that, I live in Vancouver!) and begin to crave the heartier, warmer foods like soup and chilli.apples & almond butter

The slow-cooker offers the perfect way for the busy person to have a warm fall meal.

Mushroom soup in red bowl and wicker basket on the rustic table
warming food from a slow cooker

You can’t argue that there really is something cozy on a chilly, fall day about coming home to dinner made and no mess (which doesn’t happen if your hubby tries to cook for you – am I right, ladies?).

For us, slow-cookers in the fall are like an apple is with almond butter, they just belong together.

We do suggest starting the house rule that whoever doesn’t cook the meal cleans up from it, because no one likes to clean the slow-cooker. However, the benefits far outweigh the nasty cleaning job.breakfast, lunch & dinner

Think about waking up to the smell of a hot breakfast. No more excuses to skip the most important meal of the day, no more scrambling in the mornings to find something healthy and no more granola bars for breakfast.

Or, imagine having a hot lunch at work (not your elementary school kind). You won’t have to go out and buy lunch and no morning chaos while you try and pack your lunch while getting ready and eating breakfast.

(Are you catching our sales pitch for slow-cookers yet? We don’t even get paid for this advertisement!)

And have you ever come home to a warm-meal already cooked? Just think, no dishes, no hungry, cranky kids and husband and no effort.

We so badly want you to benefit from a slow-cooker lifestyle, that we’ve put together our best slow-cooker recipes for you.

 Banana Bread Quinoa

Homemade banana bread close up

Ingredients:

  • 1C quinoa, rinsed
  • 2C unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 5 dates, diced
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/4C raw, unsalted walnuts, chopped
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1-1 1/2 Tbsp cold-pressed, extra virgin coconut oil, melted
  • water, to fill slow-cooker 1/4 of the a way

Directions:

In an oven-safe dish, mix all ingredients together. Fill slow-cooker a quarter of the way with water and carefully place the oven-safe dish in the middle of the slow-cooker. Cook on low 6-8 hours. Stir well before serving, and add  extra liquid if it’s too thick, or a little stevia if you like it sweeter. Serves 5

 Kale & Feta Frittata

Fritatta with Kale and Potatoes

ingredients:

  • 12 eggs
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1C kale, washed & stems removed
  • 1/4C feta cheese, crumbled

directions:

Spray your slow-cooker with cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil. Whisk eggs. Pour eggs into the slow-cooker and add red pepper, kale and feta cheese. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serves 6

 Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Autumn pumpkin pie

ingredients:

  • 1C steel cut oats
  • 1C pure pumpkin puree
  • 3C water (plus more to fill slow-cooker 1/4 of the way)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1-1 1/2 Tbsp cold-pressed, extra virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2C unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1/4C raw, unsalted pecans, chopped
  • A pinch of sea salt

directions:

In a medium bowl mix together all the wet ingredients. Mix dry ingredients in a large oven-safe bowl. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until mixed thoroughly. Sprinkle pecans on top.

Fill slow-cooker 1/4 of the way with water and carefully place the oven-safe dish inside. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Stir well before serving, and add  extra liquid if it’s too thick, or a little stevia if you like it sweeter. Serves 5

 Baked Breakfast Apples

Baked apple with cinnamon

ingredients:

  • 6 apples (we love granny smith!)
  • 1/2C raw, unsalted mixed nuts
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup

directions:

Core the apples. Combine mixed nuts and cranberries. Stuff each apple with 1-2 Tbsp nuts mixture. Place 1/2”

water in the slow-cooker. Add stuffed apples and drizzle with maple syrup. Cook on low for 2-3 hours. Serves 6

Blueberry Almond Oatmeal

Oatmeal with blueberries
Oatmeal with blueberries & almonds

ingredients:

  • 1C steel cut oats
  • 2C unsweetened almond milk
  • 1C water (plus more to fill slow-cooker 1/4 of the way)
  • 1 tsp pure almond extract
  • 1 tsp lemon zest (optional, but worth it!)
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1-1 1/2 Tbsp cold-pressed, extra virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2C unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1/4C raw, unsalted almonds, slivered
  • 1C fresh or frozen blueberries
  • A pinch of sea salt

directions:

In a medium bowl mix together all the wet ingredients. Mix dry ingredients in a large oven-safe bowl. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until mixed thoroughly, then add blueberries and top with slivered almonds.

Fill slow-cooker 1/4 of the way with water and carefully place the oven-safe dish inside. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Stir well before serving, and add  extra liquid if it’s too thick, or a little stevia if you like it sweeter. Serves 5

one more thing …

Don’t forget to check out part 2 (lunches) and part 3 (dinners) of our 15 BEST Slow-Cooker Recipes.

And tell us – what is your favourite slow-cooker fall meal?

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