I’m on my way to Wisconsin this weekend with one pair of boots and a trench coat (everything else is still in the pod!) so I’m hoping for some mild weather…and thinking about lots of warm and cozy slow cooker meals! 

I’ve mentioned before that I used to have a snobby attitude about the slow cooker. My brother gave me a camouflaged crock pot one year for Christmas and I promptly returned it to K-Mart on December 27th. I believe I said something along the lines of “crock pots are for hicks.” I know, I know, so terrible! You know what they say, karma is a bi*#$!  Now I love them. But I will say that I much prefer my stainless steel to camouflage…

A lot of the recipes for slow cookers can be a bit old-school, or midwestern (meat and potatoes) but I keep seeing new, modern, healthy and delicious sounding crock-pot recipes. And I’m all over them.

(Real Simple)

Slow Cooker Recipes

White Bean Soup with Andouille and Collards – Real Simple

Spinach and Ricotta Lasagna – Real Simple

Slow Cooked Chicken Fajitas – Heather’s Dish

Brazilian Feijoada – Cooking Light

Vegetable and Chickpea Curry – Cooking Light

Chicken Curry – Martha Stewart

Spanish Meatballs – Martha Stewart 

Hot and Spicy Braised Peanut Chicken – Better Homes & Gardens

Drip Beef – The Pioneer Woman

Lentil Sweet Potato Soup – Eat Live Run 


What are you making in your slow cooker?

17 Comments (Reply )

  1. Katie
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    Love this post, because I’m always looking for slow cooker recipes! I’m totally going to try Eat Live Run’s Lentil Sweet Potato. I really like the fact that I can have leftover for a while, freeze them, and use them when necessary. It’s so convenient. Safe travels to the mid west!


  2. Jamie Walker
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

    I NEED a slow cooker. Its official. I need one. Thank you so much for sharing all your fab recipes. ;)


  3. Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 1:42 pm

    I love making Kathy Hester’s Split Pea and Lentil Soup!!! It is SO good! I also love making oatmeal and quinoa in it. :)


  4. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

    ah I too have grown to love the slow cooker! I love making a giant batch of chili in mine :)


  5. Amy
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

    My BF and I have been talking about using the crock pot more often this winter. I’m scared to leave something on and running all day when I’m not home, but I will probably do it on a Sunday for my weekly meals now that I don’t work weekends. Thanks for all the links!


    • Emily
      Nov 04, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

      Sunday is actually my favorite day to make something in the crock pot!!


  6. Luv What You Do
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 9:06 pm

    I am obssessed with my crockpot. The easiest recipe ever is this two ingredient chicken. You will be truly amazed!

    I make lots of soups and love a good tagine. I’m also a big fan of oatmeal in the Crockpot. Great list. Will be trying the sweet potato lentil soup this weekend I hope!


  7. Stephanie @cookinfanatic
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 8:57 am

    love my slow cooker this time of year! last thing i made was a sweet n’ spicy veggie chili that was so good and lasted for daysssss! happy friday :)


  8. Chloe
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 9:02 am

    thanks for sharing these recipes! finding meals to slow cook that aren’t ALL about the meat is frustrating. I actually got my slow cooker when I was still in high school. I was vegan then, and it was the best way to make something that seemed rich and hearty to share with the fam.

    this is still one of our faves- totally vegan until topped with greek yogurt! http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2004/03/black_bean_soup_with_chipotle_chiles


    • Emily
      Nov 04, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

      This recipe looks great, thank you!


  9. Elle @thewaybyelle
    Nov 04, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

    I guess my slow-cooker is stainless steel. Does that make it a little more high brow? LOL

    I always use my crock pot for roasts and for making chili, too. Yesterday, I used it to create a split pea soup recipe and it turned out AMAZING! I’ve also used it to make my own yogurt.


    • Emily
      Nov 04, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

      Stainless steel definitely helps. :) Hehe!
      I’ve heard of yogurt, so interesting!


  10. Danielle
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

    I really gotta get back into using our crockpot. Every meal we ever put in there comes out great and it’s so easy. Enjoy your time in Wisconsin this weekend :)


  11. Katie@Cozydelicious
    Nov 06, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

    This is a great list! I don’t use my slow cooker enough and I love teh idea of coming home to dinner all ready for me!


  12. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Nov 07, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

    Funny you should ask. I actually happen to have some beer braised beef in my slow cooker as I type this! I can’t wait to get home to it.


  13. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Nov 07, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

    Good recipe round-up! I have yet to purchase a slow-cooker (I don’t have any storage space left in my kitchen!), but luckily I think most of those recipes would be awesome in a big ol’ fashioned Dutch oven, too. :)


  14. Kerryne
    Nov 15, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    My favorite thing to do in a crockpot is chicken, a jar of salsa, a can of black beans, a can of corn. I love to eat this either in corn tortillas with some yogurt ranch and avocado on top or on top of a bed of lettuce with yogurt ranch. Have thrown some rice in it too, yummy!


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