Easy & Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes for Cool Fall Days
Easy as 1, 2, 3!
Fall tends to be a very busy season for most people. Whether you juggle school, work, sports, performances, or taking care of kids, this time of year packs your schedule full of activities. Not to mention, the holidays are fast-approaching! With all that considered, navigating your busy life during this season typically leads to less time for planning, especially when it comes to meals. You want to provide you and your family with healthy entrees, but time constraints can definitely present roadblocks. Luckily, we live in an age where we no longer solely rely on the oven or stove top for preparing foods!
Slow Cookers, Instant Pots, and Crock-Pots let you nourish your family with wholesome meals using minimal effort. Most recipes require you to simply put a little bit of prep time in during the morning, then allow you to let them cook inside your slow cooker all day until dinner time. While the kids go to school and you’re hard at work, take comfort in the safety and ease of using one of these devices to prepare your dinner.
To save you even more time, this Fall try one of these Easy & Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes that we pulled together. They all pack fantastic flavor, and you can find all of the ingredients in our Fresh Foods Stores. Take a look!
First, let’s kick things off with everyone’s favorite cool weather dish. Pot roast already makes for a simple, mouth-watering meal, but throw it in a slow cooker rather than the oven, and you just saved yourself even more effort! Once you put in the short 15 minutes of prep work, you can leave this recipe in your appliance for your entire work day and return to a wonderful home-cooked classic. Benefit from this dish’s healthy supply of protein and fiber, plus the nutritious vitamins and minerals of fresh thyme, carrots, onions, and potatoes.
- Note: This recipe calls for you to place a Reynolds® Slow Cooker Liner on the inside of your slow cooker for the best protection and cleanup results.
Next, nothing hits the spot better on a brisk day than a piping hot soup or stew! If you happen to have a slight cold, this recipe’s blend of fresh veggies, beans, and spices is bound to relieve your senses. Whip up this delicious stew and provide your family with essential nutrients.
- Boneless Pork Shoulder and special Peanut Butter ingredient add tremendous flavor and pack a protein punch.
- Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, and Beans bring plenty of fiber.
- Sweet Potatoes also often receive the “Superfood” label thanks to their disease-preventing, immune-system boosting qualities.
Overall, you can’t go wrong with this recipe!
While perfecting authentic cultural dishes sometimes requires lots of tender love and care, this recipe for Mediterranean Beef with Mixed Olives and Feta lets you experience a taste of eastern cuisine with half the effort! Try this low calorie dinner option on a day when you want to try something different. The Olives and Feta paired with the beef adds a nice flavor contrast that will surely satisfy your taste buds. Olives provide vitamin E and other heart healthy antioxidants, while Feta, low in both calories and fat, contains lots of B vitamins, phosphorus, calcium, and beneficial bacteria and fatty acids.
What would this list be without at least one Chicken dish? Don’t let the name fool you, though. This recipe for Slow-Cooked Italian Chicken and Mushrooms contains far more than two healthy ingredients! Take a taste of Italian cooking and enjoy loads of nutritious qualities from ingredients like:
- Mushrooms, Red Peppers, Tomatoes, Onions, Capers, and Currants
- Olive Oil, Garlic, Basil, Black Pepper, and Parsley
- Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs
Plus, since we said you can find everything needed for these recipes in our Fresh Foods Stores, try substituting the Marsala Wine for chicken stock, or a red cooking wine.
Check Out Passport Flavor!
Lastly, now that you’ve seen some of our awesome ideas for Slow Cooking this season, head over to Passport Flavor to have a look at some of Local Food Blogger Lexi’s Slow Cooker recipe creations! She often sources her ingredients from our Fresh Foods stores to whip up her delicious dishes. Best of all, most take a healthier approach than their traditional counterparts.
Check out these awesome recipes like her Healthy Slow Cooker Southern Lentil Chili, Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos, Roasted Whole Chicken with Vegetables, and more!
When it comes to easy and affordable cooking, we’ve got you covered. Visit our Fresh Foods stores and find everything you need to be successful in the kitchen this season. View our Sales Flyer for 100s of Fresh Foods Specials.