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Slow Cooker Recipes: 5 Meal Ideas to Last You All Week

A slow cooker can be a busy young professional’s best friend. You throw a bunch of stuff into a pot, and at the end of the day, you come back to a ready-made dinner. Your home smells great and you have delicious leftovers all week. In the fall, slow cookers, or crockpots, whatever you want to call them, turn into the most convenient comfort food machines. When there’s a nip in the air, you’ll want to come home with stick-to-your-bones comfort food waiting for you. We’ve rounded up some favorite slow cooker recipes to try this fall.

Slow Cooker Recipes: 5 Meal Ideas to Last You All Week

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter: If there’s one thing you could smear on just about anything in the fall, it’s pumpkin butter. Put it on apples, biscuits, croissants or ice cream. Straight up on a spoon. Seriously, anything. You can make it on a stovetop, or you can go with Trader Joe’s version right out of the jar. But, if you’d like to fill your home with the warm, spicy smells of fall, then pumpkin butter made low and slow is the way to go. Make a big batch, and feel free to share with your Neighbors.
Slow Cooker Ancho Espresso Rubbed Pot Roast: To honor our Neighbors in Seattle, we found this Emerald City-inspired gem for your fall crockpot cooking pleasure. Chile and coffee might not sound like they go together, but mixed with a parsnip and Brussels sprouts, onion, broth, balsamic and tomato paste, you’ll get complex flavors for very simple effort.  

Slow Cooker San Francisco Pork Chops: This is a classic dish reimagined with a crockpot in mind. It’s total comfort food, and you’ll love the sugary-soy and savory sauce those chops are stewed in. Get ready to serve it with something starchy like rice or quinoa on the side.

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Macaroni: Out of Oregon comes this vegan-friendly twist on an age-old favorite that takes full advantage of seasonal produce. It’s hard to imagine a more classic comfort food than mac and cheese. Adding the squash makes it all fall.

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili: There’s no better way to enjoy a chilly fall dinner than with some fall chili. This veggie-friendly chili recipe is also gluten-free. This recipe calls for lots of ingredients, but it’s worth the prep time, and you’ll love the leftovers.