Summer is officially out of here and there is just something about Autumn that makes us want to bring out the crock pots. Maybe it is the colder weather, or the sun setting earlier, but all I want is to throw a couple things into a slow cooker and have it magically make me a meal. I say magic, because that is exactly what it is.

You want to eat dinner as soon as you come home from a long day at work? Use your slow cooker. You want a delicious soup cooking while you go to the pumpkin patch? Use your slow cooker. You want to do some meal prep, but you are afraid of accidentally letting your food go bad in your fridge? Prep a few freezer meals. As a result, you will be ready to take your frozen meal out  when needed and consequently, use your slow cooker to have another quick, easily meal! Almost like magic, another reason to your your slow cooker. Seriously, slow cookers are the best things in the world. As a result, we put together a few of our favorite recipes to try.

1. Coconut Curry Lentils

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Photo by Nutrition Intern

DID YOU KNOW…lentils were one of the first domesticated crops? And if you pair then with sweet potatoes and curry powder they are one of the most delicious things on the planet? This recipe also gets the added bonus of being vegetarian, and literally a dump and cook meal. It doesn’t get easier than that. Find the recipe here.

2. Carnitas Tacos

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Photo by Kaitlin Eckstein

These tacos are a great make-ahead recipe to incorporate into your week! Find the recipe here to make these tacos and you will not be disappointed.

3. Chicken Fajitas 

Photo by Rebecca Bitzer

Chicken Fajitas are the perfect protein to cook in a crock pot because it is a crowd pleaser. This recipe is sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters!

4. Sweet and Spicy Chicken

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Photo by Klara Knezevic

If you want your slow cooker meal to have a little kick, try out this Sweet and Spicy Chicken recipe, served over rice or quinoa.

5. Honey Sesame Chicken 

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 Photo by Kaitlin Eckstein

This Honey Sesame Chicken will quickly become your favorite copy-cat recipe. It’s a perfect balance of sweet and spicy to fulfill your craving for Chinese take out!

6. Chicken Enchilada Soup

Photo by Klara Knezevic

This recipe is just the kind of comforting, warm meal you need after a long day!

7. Turkey Chili with Beans 

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A perfect dish for those days when you have no time to cook! Just throw everything into the slow cooker, and then come back to a delicious meal. Find the recipe here.

Because we love these recipes, so much we want to share them with you. Most of all, we want to hear from you, let us know what your favorite slow cooker recipes are in the comments below! If you would like to make an appointment with any of our nutrition professionals, please call 301-474-2499 or click here

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