15 Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes

September 21, 2014 by hayley

It’s that time of year again. The time when we sadly bid all those lovely summer tomatoes adieu, and turn on the slow cooker. As summer fades into fall and the nights grow cooler, there isn’t much more comforting than coming home after a long day’s work to a house permeated with the smell of dinner simmering away.

These one-pot dishes are perfect week night go-to’s because they practically make themselves. I like to call recipes like these “hibernation food.” They’re warm, filling, and satisfying, and the best part is you can do just about all your prep in the morning or the night before, so you barely have anything to mess with later.

I’ve scavenged high and low for 15 of the best slow cooker suppers in the food blogosphere, and wrangled recipes like buffalo chicken pasta, turkey chili baked potatoes, and butternut squash soup with maple roasted chickpeas. Hope you guys enjoy, and happy slow-cooking!

(Also, if you’re looking for more slow cooker recipes, be sure to follow Ali’s slow cooker recipes board on Pinterest!)

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Pico Nacho Bites

September 19, 2014 by Ali

Ok, I was totally playing with my food and came up with this super fun new snack, but I could not for the life of me figure out what to name it.

Mexican bruschetta? Salsa bites?

Then it occurred to me – nachos! These totally count as ‘chos, right??

Well, whatever you call them, these little bites are super cute. And they only call for 7 quick and easy ingredients. And they can be made in a single serving for snacking, or in a big batch if you feel like sharing as an appetizer with a crowd. And there’s a special ingredient spread beneath the pico that will totally satisfy your nachos craving.

Because we all need more ‘chos in our lives, yes??

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20-Minute Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup

September 17, 2014 by Ali

As promised, here is your second chicken enchilada soup recipe in one week!

For those of you who missed Monday’s post on Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup, I mentioned that our Gimme Some Oven Facebook seemed split down the middle when I asked whether they would like a slow cooker or 20-minute version of this soup. So I decided to make both! Although to “cheese” things up a bit, I based the 20-minute version off of the chicken enchilada soup I happen to adore at Chili’s.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

September 15, 2014 by Ali

Can I tell you one thing that makes me unreasonably happy on a day-to-day basis?

Strangers smiling at me.

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15 Easy Vegan Dinner Recipes

September 14, 2014 by Ali

Happy Sunday to you!

This week’s recipe round-up is dedicated to all of you vegan friends who are looking for some simple and creative new dinner ideas. And hey — to all of you out there who aren’t vegan — don’t change the channel because I’m pretty positive you’re going to love all of these recipes too. Most of you know that I eat vegan and vegetarian food at least half of the time, and then (yes) happily indulge in all things cheese and bacon-y on the other days. But on my vegan days, I love experimenting and learning from other bloggers who have translated some of my favorite comfort foods to their vegan (and dairy-free) alternatives.

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Italian Seasoning

September 13, 2014 by Ali

Just popping in today for a quick post on something I recently just made out of necessity — Italian seasoning!

Yes, necessity.

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French Press Coffee

September 12, 2014 by Ali

Hey coffee lovers! I thought it would be lovely to round out my coffee tutorials today with my first love. The place where my coffee-making journey began. The method I still use at least once a week, especially when pressed (get it?) for time.

Oui.

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Coconut Margarita

September 10, 2014 by Ali

Oh my goodness…I actually did it.

You know, that token thing I added to my 31 Things life list (remember me talking about this last week?) to make me sound all adventurous and fearless…even though the adult in me was pretty certain that it could end with a not-so-classy digestive “upset” or, eh, you know, sudden death.

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