Photo Credit: Savoring the Thyme
Barley and Chickpea Risotto
Foxes Love Lemons
This barley risotto only takes 2 hours to make in the slow cooker. Pour yourself a glass of wine, put your feet up and let your best friend (ahem, slow cooker) do all the hard work.
Chipotle Black Bean and Quinoa Stew
This stew doesn’t just have crazy-delicious things like cinnamon, quinoa and six different veggies in it; it’s also vegan and gluten-free. This definitely needs to happen in your kitchen ASAP.
Peanut Butter and Banana Oatmeal
Maya Vinsyei for Sweet Potato Chronicles
You can happily hit snooze in the morning if you’re making this slow cooker oatmeal. Full of peanut butter, honey and brown sugar, this hearty breakfast will keep you going throughout the day.
Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese
Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish
Cheese and elbow macaroni are never a bad idea. This slow cooker version includes three different cheeses and couldn’t be easier to make.
Baked by Rachel
Making your own delicious applesauce is easy with the help of a slow cooker. Simply peel and cut your apples, add some liquid (water + apple cider), cinnamon and sugar, and let the slow cooker work its magic.
Chickpea Vegetable Stew with Apricots and Raisins
A warm, satisfying vegetable stew studded with chickpeas gets a deliciously sweet kick from apricots and raisins. About 20 minutes to prepare, 6 hours in the slow cooker, and it’s done.
These easy refried beans would be perfect in weeknight tacos or tostadas. If you make a big batch in the slow cooker, you can freeze the leftovers and use them later.
Lasagna with Mushrooms and Kale
Savoring the Thyme
Slow-cooker lasagna?! Believe it. This cheese-filled vegetable version is perfect for a large group of friends or family.
Frittata with Artichoke Hearts, Roasted Peppers and Feta
Brilliant brunch solution: This slow-cooker frittata is packed with veggies and is so easy to make. According to Kalyn of Kalyn’s Kitchen, who developed this recipe, making a frittata in a slow cooker better infuses the eggs with the rest of the ingredients.
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Some the Wiser
This totally decadent dip makes a crowd-pleasing appetizer for a party, especially when served with loaves of crusty bread.