There's nothing quite like coming home to the mouthwatering aroma of a meal that's been simmering all day in your trusty slow cooker. These warm, nourishing recipes will bring plenty of flavor and hearty nutrition to your kitchen table.
In the morning, take the green beans out of the freezer so they’re thawed when you get home. For added protein, stir in red lentils halfway through cooking time, or fold in cooked chickpeas at the end. Serve with warm garlic naan or basmati rice.
Posole is a traditional Mexican stew made with hominy, a type of dried corn or maize. Usually served with the chicken on the bone, you can also remove skin and bones and return the meat to the stew before serving. This hearty, delicious and simple dish is especially good with warm organic corn tortillas and a profusion of garnishes.
Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are less expensive than breasts and stay tender and flavorful during long cooking times. If you can’t find golden beets, add an additional parsnip (don’t use red beets, or the mixture will turn pink).
Leave potato peels intact for extra vitamin and mineral content, or peel if you prefer. Any quality pesto will do; traditional basil-garlic-pine nut pesto is fine, or try this with sun-dried tomato pesto for a unique flavor. Add chopped kale or chard to the cooker just before serving to boost this meal’s nutritional value.
Pop everything in the cooker in the morning and come home to this stew’s delectable scent. Lamb shanks vary in size, so buy however many fit easily in your slow cooker. Serve with crusty bread to soak up the broth.
This simple, fiber-rich meal is ideal for a slow cooker; just be sure to use an especially flavorful vegetable broth (we like Edward & Sons Garden Veggie natural bouillon cubes) or homemade stock. For meat eaters, a ham hock adds amazing flavor and protein. Serve with a hearty whole-grain bread.
This slow-simmering soup features heart-healthy beans, a top-notch source of soluble fiber that can lower bad LDL cholesterol. The spinach is a great source of the heart-health-promoting nutrients lutein, folate and potassium.
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