As the temperatures dip down into the 50's and 60's, it's time to start thinking about comfort food. With the colder weather of fall and winter comes the time to enjoy intricate, flavorful, slow cooked meals. Though a four-hour cooking time may sound a bit daunting, slow cooker meals can be made easier with a bit of prep and a foolproof recipe on hand.
Classic Coq Au Vin
Photo and Recipe by @alanakysar
As Alana so aptly states, "Coq Au Vin is like a warm hug on a cold day", and will fill your house with irresistible aromas. Serve with fresh baguette or mashed potatoes for a true comfort meal.
Photo and Recipe by @jernejkitchen
These aromatic carrots make for a quintessential fall side dish. This recipe calls for the addition of butter and chicken stock, but you can also substitute with vegetable stock for a similar rich flavor without the dairy.
Apple Cider and Ginger Braised Pork Shoulder Tacos with Spicy Apple and Cabbage Slaw
Photo and Recipe by @chasetheflavors
Fresh apple cider is a perfect match for tender braised pork shoulder. Pair with crisp apples, cabbage slaw and warm tortillas.
Slow Cooker Red Lentil Vegetable Soup
Photo and Recipe by @abeautifulplate
If you've had a bag of lentils sitting in your pantry for months on end, this soup is the best way to finally use them. Prep ingredients the night before, start the slow cooker on your way out the door in the morning, and come home to dinner already made. (Omit cheese & sub in vegetable stock for a vegan-friendly version).
Cranberry and Rosemary Pot Roast
Photo and Recipe by @halfbakedharvest
This gorgeous Pot Roast is a one-pot wonder; simply sear the meat and veggies, add the rest of the ingredients and try to wait patiently until finished. Especially perfect for the holidays when you have extra people in the house and less time to cook.
Crock Pot Turkey Chili with Sweet Potato and Black Beans
Photo and Recipe by @wellplated
You can't go wrong with a classic chili. We love this recipe with lean ground turkey, sweet potato, and a bit of beer for extra richness. Store leftovers in the freezer to reheat on busy weeknights.
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