Break out your slow cooker, because we're making some seriously comforting meals that'll warm you up on even the coldest days of winter.
Stay cozy indoors with this super simple, winter-ready soup that's made with ingredients you already have on hand.
Whether it’s already late afternoon or you’ve planned ahead, these crave-worthy recipes can be made in either the Instant Pot or your slow cooker, so dinner is ready when you are!
The moist environment of the Instant Pot or slow cooker helps artichokes become extra tender. Here they are stuffed with Italian sausage, Parmesan cheese and herby bread crumbs and served with a tangy balsamic red pepper sauce. Serve as an appetizer or pair with a salad for a main.
It sounds like a ton, but the garlic cloves in this classic French recipe mellow and melt into a delicious sauce as they cook. Save on prep time by buying pre-peeled garlic; look for it in the produce department where fresh herbs are sold. For the most accurate cook time, buy a chicken as close to 4 pounds as possible – any larger and it may not fit in the Instant Pot.
Tender beef, aromatic spices and rice noodles all cook in the same pot in this easy soup. Garnished with fresh bean sprouts, basil, cilantro, jalapeño and shaved onions, it’s a great combo of hearty and fresh, all in one bowl. For even more heat and color, serve with sliced chiles over top.
Thanksgiving dinner in an electric pressure cooker? Yes, you can! This recipe makes beautifully moist turkey with savory stuffing at the same time, and all those tasty turkey juices make up a quick herb gravy at the end. Broiling the stuffing briefly after it comes out of the pressure cooker makes it deliciously crisp on top, but this is entirely optional.
An electric pressure cooker makes great chili in a snap, and it can also bake up delicious corn bread at the same time. When cooked, the top of the corn bread will appear pale, but the bottom will be golden brown — just invert it onto a serving plate for the best presentation.
This slow-cooker version of the Middle Eastern classic is given a twist with ras el hanout, a North African spice blend that can include ginger, anise, cinnamon, nutmeg, peppercorns, cloves, cardamom, nigella, mace, galangal, turmeric and dried flowers such as lavender and rose.
This rich sausage and walnut dressing freezes well and it can be cooked in a slow cooker, freeing up oven and stovetop space. The slow, even heat of a slow cooker yields moist stuffing with crispy edges.
There's no need to soak the beans overnight for this easy slow-cooker version of an all-American favorite. The corn bread recipe makes more than you'll need, but here's a tip: Heat up the leftovers and drizzle with honey for a super fast breakfast the next day.
Skip the takeout and throw together this Indian-inspired chicken dish in your slow cooker instead. While boneless chicken breast meat is typical in tikka masala, the slow cooker tends to dry it out, so we’ve opted for bone-in, skinless chicken thighs instead.
Turnips stand in as a substitute for potatoes in this dish, while caramelized onions add a rich depth of flavor with the help of a little healthy fat.
Thanks to its low heat, longer cooking time and added liquid, braising is the cooking method of choice to soften lean, low-fat cuts of bison. If bison (often labeled as buffalo) is a bit out of your budget or unavailable in your area, simply substitute with lean beef instead.
Those who tend to shy away from cooked cabbage may become converts thanks to braising, as it brings out the crucifer’s natural sweetness. Couple that with this flavorful sauce, which gets richness and depth from searing an onion in coconut oil, and you’ve got a side that’ll take center stage.
Cooking times can be vary quite a bit depending on your crockpot, so give yourself some extra time, if possible. For a side or snack, you can easily prepare the slow-cooked chickpeas separately (through Step 2) and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, enjoying them alongside other entrées throughout the week.
Sweet bell peppers are tasty little vessels for this Southwest-style stuffing, chock- full of fiber-rich corn, black beans and cilantro. Plus, there’s no need to parboil the peppers to give them tenderness, since they’ll be slowly simmered all day in a smoky tomato sauce.
A slow-and-low cooking method ensures this extra-lean roast cooks up tender and moist, while a mix of exotic spices imparts a satisfying flavor profile.
Cooking pork tenderloin in a moist heat makes it fork-tender. Additionally, the bulgur, which replaces the more traditional rice in this revamped risotto, lends a slightly nutty flavor that complements earthy mushrooms.
Few things can instantly warm you up on a cool day like a comforting bowl of soup. Forget sodium-filled canned varieties and put together our spiced cauliflower soup, enlivened with turmeric, cardamom and saffron, with only 15 minutes of hands-on work.
Every clean eater should have a tried-and-true chili recipe in his or her culinary arsenal. We’ve added chipotle peppers and tomatillos for a fresh take on the old family favorite. With just 15 minutes of advance prep, you can leave the kitchen for the afternoon and return to a delicious home-cooked meal. This chili can be made ahead and stored in a resealable container in the freezer for up to 1 month.
If your family’s main complaint about boneless, skinless chicken breast is that it's dry, then braising may be your answer! The slow-and-low technique keeps meat moist.
Earthy lentils, a staple in many meatless diets, give this simple yet hearty soup a substantial helping of protein and fiber. Unlike larger legumes, there’s no need to presoak lentils before adding them – just pick out any pebbles or broken pieces and give them a rinse in a sieve. Sauté the onions and garlic for the soup while you prep the rest of the veggies – then set the slow cooker and go.
Butterflied flank steak rolled around a flavorful kale and feta filling makes an impressive presentation for dinner guests, and only you'll know how easy it was to pull off. Searing the rolls before simmering them in a white wine and tomato sauce ensures a juicy result.
A quick and easy take on eggplant Parmigiana, our eggplant casserole skips breading and frying the eggplant while still oozing with saucy, cheesy goodness. Try serving alongside simple tossed and steamed veggies topped with shaved Parmesan for a complete meal.
Rich with tender lamb and meaty mushrooms, our slow-cooker risotto will have you wondering why you ever bothered making finicky stove-top risotto. There’s no carefully timed stirring or multiple additions of liquid here – just set the timer and let the slow cooker do the work for you!
To cut costs without skimping on flavor, we use cheap cuts of stew beef (chuck or round roasts will do) instead of the pricier ground beef normally used in chili. The slow-and-low heat of your slow cooker easily breaks down the tough cuts into tender, melt-in-your-mouth chunks of savory meat.