When the leaves start turning and the temp starts dropping, it's time to start thinking about nice filling recipes that heat you from the inside out. The crockpot is one of my favorite ways to serve a delicious meal without spending all day in the kitchen (who has time for that after homeschooling kids or working all day!) without feeling like we are missing out. Here are some great slow cooker fall recipes to get you started!
What does fall mean to you? For us, it means long hikes in the woods, bonfires in the back yard, watching football, picking pumpkins, our favorite fall festival, and gorgeous colors outside. All of these things bring us comfort and joy, but so do our favorite fall foods!
Your best piece of kitchen equipment in the fall is your slow cooker. If you don't already have one, this one is my favorite….and I've had quite a few of them over the years. Others have been given away or died, but this one is a keeper! Depending on the size of your family, get the largest size that you can. Here are some benefits of a slow cooker that you might not know:
- Saves time on dinner meals when your schedule is busy
- Prepares enough for dinner and leftovers
- Allows spices to deepen the flavor of your meals
- Almost any meal can be adapted for it
Slow Cooker Fall Recipes
Jambalaya – It's a great meal idea straight from N'awlins! You can make it for your family whenever they want something spicy, even in the fall. Take your favorite recipe and add the ingredients to your slow cooker. Instead of water, use chicken broth as the liquid base to season your meal. If you are adding shrimp wait until five minutes before cooking time is complete since they don't take long to cook. Set the timer on low and cook for six to eight hours. Serve over hot rice.
Chili – What could be better than a bowl of spicy chili at a tailgate party or a football game hosted at your home? If you have other things to do that day, simply add the ingredients of your recipe to the slow cooker and let it do all the work. For a leaner meal use ground chicken or turkey. There is no need to precook it. Add the ground meat, seasonings, beans and vegetables to your slow cooker. Allow to cook for about six hours. Dice onions, tomatoes, peppers and cheese to be used as toppings.
Pot Roast – Sunday dinner is taken care of when you use your slow cooker to make my delicious Crockpot Pot Roast. Cook the meat and the vegetables together for a complete meal. Because root vegetables (potatoes, carrots, rutabagas) take longer to cook, add them to the pot first along with about a half a cup of water. Season your roast and add that on top of the vegetables. Cook on low for about eight hours.
Do you have other recipes that you love to cook in the fall? Some of our favorites are Tex-Mex Chicken, Beef Stew (from our friends over at RakingInTheSavings.com), Pork Roast with Apple Cider Gravy, and French Onion Soup? You can make them all for your family with the help of your slow cooker.
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