13 Delicious Ways to Celebrate Your Slow Cooker

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After a long day at work, fast-food billboards start looking tempting. No one wants to spend the whole evening dicing, chopping, frying, and baking—only to be left with a sink full of dirty dishes. If you’re trying to eat healthy, keep your sanity, and save money, a slow cooker is your best friend. Studies show most people are more likely to prepare meals with moderate portions and healthy ingredients when they’re in a good mood. Using a slow cooker allows you to plan your meals on your own time, so you can develop thoughtful eating habits.

And the best part? Little did you realize, your slow cooker can come to your rescue for any meal of the day, including dessert! Go ahead, take a look at the list below, and try something new this week to celebrate the gift that keeps on giving—your slow cooker.

1. Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Chocolate and Pistachio Oatmeal
Great in the morning or as a mid-afternoon snack, oatmeal is versatile and packed with energizing nutrients. While you’re sleeping, make a batch of it in your slow cooker. This recipe for chocolate pistachio oatmeal can make enough to last you the whole work week.

2. Paleo-friendly

Slow Cooker Sticky Garlic Chicken Recipe1
Avoiding heavily processed and manufactured foods can be a struggle. Get some help from your slow cooker with these pork carnitas. And if you have a little more time on your hands, try this slow cooker sticky garlic chicken that browns the chicken to seal in flavors before finishing in the slow cooker.

 

3. Gluten-free

Slow Cooker Tamari-Glazed Chicken
So many processed sauces and seasonings hide their gluten, but you shouldn’t have to sacrifice flavor for a healthy and protein-rich meal. Dig into this yummy tamari-glazed chicken any night of the week.

 

4. Chili

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You can never go wrong with a classic chili dinner, especially during the colder months. For an authentic, protein-packed take on this staple dish, try our  chili con carne or our vegetarian black bean and sweet potato chili.

 

5. Breakfast

Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole Recipe
If you need eggs to really get you going, throw together this breakfast casserole packed with hearty fresh veggies. It’s also great for a family brunch.

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