Hearty Fall Meals from the Slow Cooker

With that icy blast that hit in mid-October, your mind may have turned to hearty comfort foods. To help you conserve energy as we enter winter hibernation time, we’ve compiled a list of the newest slow cooker books that feature foods that keep your insides warm.

Don’t eat animal products? We have cookbooks for you too! Start with The Super-Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook by cooking instructor Toni Okamoto (from www.plantbasedonabudget.com) that assumes you have little time and few ingredients. She supplies a list of pantry staples, gives recipes for when you only have 15 minutes, and provides a variety of food options from the hearty curried ginger butternut squash soup to the light grilled romaine hearts with miso dressing. Also keep an eye out for The Vegan Slow Cooker (revised) coming in early December.

Fix-it and Forget-it Slow Cooker Dump Dinners and Desserts has a slew of recipes ranging from desserts to the essential dinners. The first section has exactly what you want on a frosty day - soups, stews, and chilis. It also has you covered for Thanksgiving with turkey recipes. Go ahead and use your extra time saved by using a slow cooker to bundle under the blankets.

Do you prefer cheap whole foods to fast and easy? You won’t find any Velveeta in 100 Days of Real Food on a Budget. Pick up this new release in the 100 Days of Real Food series, also a blog, to move away from processed foods at a cost of $15 or less per recipe. Choose from options for breakfast, lunch, or dinner to suit your need. All you meal planners can skip right to the slow cooker favorites section to find out how to make carrot curry soup and super easy Cuban pork but be prepared to be distracted by the waffles and chicken nuggets as you flip past.

If you got on the Whole30 train, get in line for the recently released Whole30 Slow Cooker. Be aware that the ingredients often include foods listed as “Whole30-compliant tomato juice” rather than naming approved products or alternatives. If you’re on the keto diet, Keto Slow Cooker & One-pot Meals will provide 100 recipes to help you figure out what to eat in winter with minimal preparation. Try the pumpkin and chorizo soup if you’re the type to immerse yourself in pumpkin everything from now until Thanksgiving. Need more keto choices like a snickerdoodle mug cake? The One-pot Ketogenic Diet Cookbook is similar and provides options beyond your slow cooker (although that’s included too) for your skillet, casserole dish, and sheet pan. You’ll be able to tell at a glance which recipes are quick (under 30-minutes), free of allergens (dairy, nuts, eggs, gluten), and view complete nutritional information. Pick this up if you prefer easy to follow one-page recipes without pictures that will only dirty one dish.

Do you own an Instant Pot? In Multicooker Perfection: Cook it Fast or Cook it Slow-You Decide, America’s Test Kitchen lets you choose to use yours as a pressure cooker or a slow cooker to prepare these recipes. They are professional testers, so they’ll inform you on how multicookers, of which Instant Pot is one brand, function and even the best ones to buy. Winter stews and soups are included but this cookbook stands out because of the recipes you may not have expected, such as salmon, flan, and parmesan risotto.

In Slow Cook Modern: 200 Recipes for the Way We Cook Today, Lianna Krissoff shares creative culturally diverse recipes, including quick, fresh side dishes created for the adventurous home cook. All the recipes are true 8-hour dishes, so you can actually prepare each dish in the morning and finish it quickly when you get home. The goal is to help people make complete meals with ease: Tarragon and Crème Fraîche Chicken with Cranberry-Orange Wild Rice, Curried Pork Loin with Roasted Squash and Scotch Bonnet Sauce, and more. 

Prefer to take direction from the queen of domestic activities? Martha Stewart’s Slow Cooker Book came out only a year ago. Find her typical tips to make your slow cooker dinners easy and tasty. We won’t tell if you want to pretend that you’re cooking for “Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party.”

Browse from many other options in our cookbooks section, around call number 641.5638, or by searching our catalog

Written by Dodie on October 27, 2018