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18 Easy Autumn Crock-Pot Meals for Busy New Moms & Dads!
I absolutely love the coming of fall for 3 reasons. One, being that I get to dig out and wear my favourite boots. Two, the beauty and splendour of the season. And three, harvest and digging into some serious cooking. (I just try to ignore that it means winter is up next. Because, blech=winter.)
My right hand in all of this cooking? My Crock-Pot of course. Just because I work from home doesn’t mean I have the time every day to spend a couple of hours (or even one) in the kitchen prepping and cooking dinner for my family. I actually enjoy waking up a little early, before the the rest of the house and the madness of the full-on morning routine enters in, to quickly prep a Crock-Pot meal and turn it on to slow cook all day.
Come 3:30, I look at the clock and smile because I know I can continue to motor on through work and not break to begin dinner. It’s in the little things. For those of you who work outside of the home and hate compromising on nutrition, the Crock-Pot is your friend, I tell ya — slow cooking a large chicken and and roast beef once a week will give you enough leftovers for another dinner, lunch meat, and bone broths. Crock-Pots are every family’s necessity, I am sure of it. Especially during the hustle and bustle that comes with this time of year.
Slow Cooked, Seasonal Goodness the Whole Family Can Enjoy!
Click through for a selection of carefully curated recipes that celebrate the bounty of autumnal harvest combined with the ease that a Crock-Pot brings to meal-time!
3 Bean Pumpkin Chili
For the vegetarians or those who don’t believe in eating meat every single night! Babies and toddlers will love this one, especially if you add a little less of the spicy stuff and top with a dollop of yogurt and shredded cheese!
Perpetual Bone Broth
I’m fully on board with the science based reality being that bone broths are supremely nutritional. More than just a comfort food, homemade bone broths are packed with minerals, amino acids and other gut healing, cold and flu avenging properties. Food is medicine and this right here is at the top of that list. Just ask your grandma. Find out how your Crock-Pot can keep you and your family in constant bone broth heaven this fall and winter!
Whole Chicken In a Slow Cooker
You know you want it. I most definitely do. Roast chicken is one of our family’s weekly staples; as I said, we use the leftovers for another meal (stir-fry, fajitas, chicken soup to name a few!) and sandwich/wrap meat. If you get on board with making bone broth a lot, then you’ll be tripling your good fortune by roasting a chicken once a week. Get adventurous with your rubs and stuffings and what you roast with your chicken – it doesn’t have to be the same every week!
Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce
A favoured dish by many babies the world over. Big kids and adults too!
Purple Potato and Artichoke Gratin
Totally do-able in the Crock-Pot — and purple potatoes are in abundance at the Farmers Market in my neck of the woods. How about yours? This will have your family/dinner guests begging for more. I mean, potatoes, cream sauce, cheese, (without going overboard) and artichokes. Need I say more?
Crock-Pot Mac & Cheese
Love that this recipe comes with a video tutorial. Makes things really simple for newbie parents and cooks alike.
Crock-Pot Bison Stew
A stick-to-your-ribs kind of heaven right here.
Slow Cooked Baked Beans
Another recipe that just keeps giving. Ahm..that is to say…you can have this with eggs, salsa, cheese, bacon and some toast in the morning! Baked beans freeze wonderfully too.
Just, YUM. This belongs in my belly right now. You?
Sprouted Bean, Squash & Spinach Stew
Another one for the vegetarians (use vegetable stock instead of the chicken that I used!)
Crock-Pot Apple Spice Steel Cut Oats
One of my favourite ways to make oatmeal these days — so many flavour and ingredient options. You’ll thank me in the morning.
Slow Cooked Pot Roast
I myself, hadn’t been able to master the cooking of a pot roast. They all came out grey and overdone — up until this weekend. (WOOT! I did finally it!) A Crock-Pot is the simple way to go, garnering melt-in-your-mouth results. I want to get into the habit of cooking a large roast once a week with leftovers for another meal and sandwiches the same way I do with roasted chicken.
Easy Crock-Pot Apple Sauce
‘Tis the season for apple picking; now what to do with all of them? THIS! A great first food for baby — add some to yogurt or oatmeal, or serve as is! This is an autumn breakfast and snack food staple in our home.
Mango Curried Chicken
I’m one of those oddballs who believes that babies don’t need to eat bland food and this recipe is testimony to that. Both of mine have dug into this after they hit the 9-month mark and they loved it! Obviously it’s not made with spicy curry in large quantities and the sweetness of the mango offsets the spice, as does the dollop of Greek or coconut yogurt on top.
Beer Braised Pulled Pork Tacos with Pico de Gallo
Oh you guys. I’ve had the honour of tasting many a culinary creation from this goddess mama’s kitchen. Believe you me — this is a recipe you want to try! You won’t even miss the gluten… pinky swears.
Crock-Pot Chicken Cacciatore
A health conscious dish that doesn’t even know it. You won’t either — I’ve made a couple of varying adaptations of this recipe, and the whole family loves it! Try it on zucchini noodles; I promise you’ll be pleasantly satisfied and pleased.