October has come and gone, and–for me at least– so has the warm weather. Here in New England I have already gotten a few glimpses of winter, but fall weather still seems to be dominating. I can’t lie: I prefer summer weather. But all year long I look forward to winter foods. There’s something about the summer food; it’s so fresh and light, plus you can throw everything possible on the grill. But cold weather food is pure comfort. Coming inside from the cold to a hot meal is one of the best feelings in the world.
In my opinion, one of the best ways to do that is with a crock-pot. It’s slow cooker season people! If you’re like me, you have a busy schedule. I work two jobs and take classes; some nights I barely have the energy to slap together a grilled cheese let alone cook a whole meal. Now that the cold weather is coming, my favorite thing to do is throw a few ingredients into my slow cooker before I leave for class or work and have a great meal ready for me when I get home. Not only is it easy and efficient, it’s super tasty. Take this
“Easiest Crock-pot Roast Recipe Ever” for example. Yes, the title is pretty self-explanatory; it’s super easy to make. But because it’s cooked for up to nine hours, it practically melts in your mouth.
Same goes for pretty much any meats you throw in your slow cooker. The possibilities are endless. On game day, my boyfriend and I simply throw some chicken into the crock-pot with some buffalo sauce and let it cook all day until it falls apart. It’s perfect for sliders, or we can make some dip by mixing it with cream cheese and topping it with shredded cheese before we throw it in the oven for about a half hour before the game. Chicken is one of the things I cook in my slow cooker the most; it’s always on hand. One I can never seem to get enough of is this Honey Ginger Chicken. I keep this cooking all day in my slow cooker then get home and just make some white rice (and veggies if I’m feeling healthy) to go with it. Another great pulled chicken recipe Root Beer Slow-Cooker Chicken. A great spin on your normal barbecue chicken, t’s perfect for sandwiches or even to top a salad or pizza. Or if you’re feeling a bit spicy, there are these Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Chicken Tacos.
Now we can get into the good stuff: the soups. My mom has always been a believer that crock-pots make everything better. I’ve rarely seen her concocting a soup on the stove. And if I do, it usually ends up in the slow cooker eventually! A slow cooker is a great way to keep things simmering safely for hours. I encourage you to try it for yourself with your favorite soup recipes! Or, use one of ours on Forq. One of my favorites soups– well, chowder actually– is your classic Clam Chowder. My grandma used to make it all the time; I remember being scolded for removing the lid of the slow cooker too many times while it was cooking. Sometimes we would make it together, leave it on overnight, then have it for lunch the next day. The longer it cooks, the better! Another favorite of mine is Loaded Potato Soup.
It’s so creamy and comforting I would eat it every day if I could! Another blast from the past of my childhood is this crock-pot spin on chicken pot pie, but in the crock-pot it’s crustless! This Crustless Chicken Pot Pie is super tasty and can easily be topped with some puff pastry or paired with a biscuit to give it a “crust.”
Your slow cooker can be used for literally everything… even dessert or a sweet breakfast! Try this Crock-pot Cinnamon Roll Casserole— it’s as if every bite is that chewy center that’s everyone’s favorite. Or, at your next get-together, try this Crock-pot Hot Chocolate. It’s a great (and tasty) way to utilize your slow cooker and make large amounts of this delectable drink!
All these recipes are from people like you that have been submitted into the Forq app! If you have a favorite slow cooker recipe, or any recipe at all, upload it to Forq so your foodie friends can enjoy it too.