When the temperatures finally dip below 90 degrees in Phoenix, it is time to dust off that slow cooker! In our household, we have a tradition of slow cooking on Sundays. We try to make it a rule to stay home on Sundays in order to get some quality rest and relaxation. This gives us an opportunity to decompress and connect as a family before the buzz of the week begins again.
This means putting a slow cooker on low, which also gives us both a break from the grind of cooking dinner during the often precarious witching hour with our little one. We try to eat mostly vegetarian, but often include chicken as our primary source of protein (we stock up at Costco on organic chicken). So light those lovely fall scented candles, grab your favorite pumpkin beer (check out a roundup of the best ones here), turn on some football (or a movie if you can pull the remote from your husband’s hand) and let the slow cookin’ begin.
Here are a few of our favorite slow cooker recipes to try:
This one is by far my favorite and a total hit for hosting football gatherings! Instead of using bread, switch it out for lettuce cups, and before you think it’s too healthy, slather on the ranch and top with blue cheese and shredded carrot.
“Is that the red or the white?”(any Ace Ventura fans?!) There’s only one kind in our house! Try this delicious and easy vegetarian chowder recipe.
Classic and simple. Jazz this one up with toppings or make it extra hearty by putting it on top of Fritos for a classic Frito Chili Pie.
Everyone may expect a rotation of chicken soup this fall season, but how about trying a twist on a classic with this flavorful Thai Chicken Soup?
Chicken and Veggies all in one
This one is fantastic! Perfect for Baby Led Weaning fans out there as the veggies stay whole while becoming nice and soft, so baby can enjoy the whole lot with you.
This is always a staple in our household in these fall months. Make a bunch, serve, eat leftovers, and even freeze the excess to help on those challenging days when all you can muster is nuking your dinner. We always have fresh avocados in the house so top it off with all your faves and enjoy!
How many of you grew up on this or remember your Grandma making it? I know I have some of the fondest memories of my Grandma’s yummy goulash. We sub out the beef for ground turkey meat: less fat, equal deliciousness!
Pulled Chicken Apple Cider Sandwich
And if you’re not quite ready for the Christmas spirit but want to dip your toe (or should I say tongue) into the fun? Try this apple cider inspired sandwich (Tired of chicken? Sub out for pork).
Maple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal
Anyone who knows me, knows I love breakfast! What’s more is oatmeal is amazing (bonus it helps to keep milk supply up for all you breastfeeding mamas). Do you love oatmeal? While I love breakfast, time can often be limited in the mornings and you’re scrambling to feed your little and you may just grab a quick something on the go. Well this takes one step out of the equation, make ahead of time, re-heat, and go!
Lastly, what kind of pumpkin loving fall devotee would I be if I did not include a pumpkin recipe?! Try this yummy dessert pumpkin spoon cake recipe, serve warm on top of vanilla ice cream and you’ve got pure dessert bliss.
Hopefully you’re ready to dive in to the ease and deliciousness that is slow cooking. Please share which recipes are your favorite! Have an amazing slow cooker recipe that mamas need to try, please share it in the comments!