Chilly Days, Warm Recipes: Savory Slow Cooker Ideas

After a busy day, the last thing you want to do is worry about cooking dinner. The good news? Using a slow cooker is a convenient way to prepare a warm and delicious (and healthful!) meal for you and your family. Try these simple slow cooker recipes today:

Slow Cooker Beef Stew
8 servings
2 pounds boneless beef sirloin, cubed
One 14-oz. can stewed tomatoes
One 14-oz. can spicy fire-roasted tomatoes
1 onion, chopped
1 tbsp. minced garlic
2 bay leaves
2 cups beef stock
1 pound carrots, sliced
8 ounces frozen or fresh green beans

Directions: Place beef in slow cooker. Cover with tomatoes, onion, garlic, bay leaves, and stock. Cover and cook on low heat for 6 hours. Add carrots and green beans; cover and cook for 2 additional hours on low heat. Remove bay leaves before serving.

Zesty Lemon Herb Turkey Breast
8 Servings
Juice and zest of 2 lemons
2 tbsp. minced fresh rosemary
1 tsp. crumbled dried sage
2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
½ cup water
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 turkey tenderloin (approx. 2 lbs.)

Directions: To prepare marinade, mix all ingredients except turkey. Place turkey in bowl and coat well with marinade; refrigerate 4 to 6 hours or overnight. Place turkey and marinade in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours, or until tender. Serve with vegetables or salad, or thinly slice to eat as homemade deli meat.

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmigiana
8 Servings
1 tbsp. olive oil
½ cup gluten-free bread crumbs
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ tsp. dried oregano
¼ tsp. dried basil
¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
¼ tsp. salt
Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
1 large egg
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
3 ounces mozzarella cheese, sliced or grated
One 24-ounce jar marinara sauce (no added sugar)

Directions: Coat bottom of slow cooker with olive oil. Mix bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and spices in a medium bowl. In another bowl, beat egg. Dip each chicken breast in egg then spice mixture, coating both sides evenly. Place breasts in slow cooker. Cover chicken with mozzarella cheese; top with marinara sauce and cover. Cook on low heat for 6 to 7 hours (or on high heat for 3 to 4 hours). Serve with salad.


Written by Renew Life

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