Writing about food in the fall is so easy and fun. With the changing seasons comes a great variety of ingredients and recipes. Plus it’s an opportunity to reinvigorate our healthy eating goals, even for hectic schedules.
One thing that’s never mentioned in those salivating stories about Brussels sprouts and beef is how to cook these foods. If you are one of those people who wants to eat healthy but also lacks the time or culinary skills to cook regularly, using a slow cooker might just be for you.
Slow cookers are great because they allow us time to make a large quantity of something without doing much work. Likewise, the larger quantity of food means that you can plan out, cook and freeze meals for future use, saving time and money. The best part is that unlike baking, broiling, grilling or using the stove top, using a slow cooker means that you can set it at a low temperature in the morning and return home from work in the evening to a fully cooked meal, sans house fire.
Health-wise, meal planning makes it easier to prepare nutritional meals. The slow cooker takes that even further because it locks in moisture, so meals don’t require keeping fat on meat to maintain flavor or juiciness.
Plus, have you ever walked into your home after work to a wall of warm, fragrant spices? It’s magical.
So let’s look at some easy, delicious and healthy recipes to try out in your slow cooker this fall.
Slow cookers are great for classics, such as chicken noodle soup or beef stew. But you can let your imagination run wild by adding different spices to make a shrimp gumbo or mixed vegetable and bean soup.