Easy slow cooker recipes to impress guests all winter long.

Photo by Pseph via flickr.com

Photo by Pseph via flickr.com

We’re officially in the midst of the mid-winter lull. It’s past the excitement of the holidays, but we’ve still got a couple of months of chilly temps to look forward to. What we need is something to help make passing the time between now and spring a little more exciting! One perfect winter boredom-breaker: Dust off that Crock-Pot. Use it to make protein-packed, filling recipes that you can eat, freeze, and even bring to work as lunch for days.

Disclaimer—slow cooker recipes definitely don’t have to be fatty. Here are three lightened up recipes you can whip up on a Sunday to ensure that you eat well all week long!

Sesame Honey Chicken via Skinnytaste

Why we love this recipe: This dish is super tasty! It’s the perfect combination of sweet and savory to warm your senses up on a cold day. Skinnytaste is also our favorite healthy eating blog—we’ve truly never come across a disappointing recipe!

Insider tip: Some of the ingredients in this recipe are less common (like rice wine vinegar), or may be falling victim to food shortage (read: sriracha—gasp!) so make sure to head to the store in advance to make sure you can secure all the necessary materials.

Get the full recipe here

Herb Sausage Stuffed Peppers via Cooking Light

Why we love this recipe: It’s just so easy! All you need is fifteen or twenty minutes to prepare the peppers, and you’ll have yourself quite an impressive meal just a couple of hours later.

Insider tip: Make sure not to overcook the sausage on the skillet—or else it may become too dry in the slow cooker.

Get the full recipe here

Turkey Chili via My boyfriend’s mom (one of the best cooks I know!)

Why we love this recipe: This recipe is a personal favorite and complete crowd-pleaser. It only takes a couple of ingredients and about thirty minutes to prepare. After eight hours of slowly simmering, it’s the perfect thing to chow down on after a long winter’s day spent outside (you know, by people who do walking tours in NYC in January—all for the sake of chocolate).


Insider tip: This is a BIG recipe. Don’t fret if you’re not cooking for a family—it freezes really well!

Recipe Ingredients

2 packages ground turkey

1 large and one small can diced tomatoes

1 small can green chilies

2 packages chili seasoning 1 large can red kidney beans

1/4 cup Frank’s hot sauce


First brown the turkey meat in a skillet chop it up as small as you can. If it’s too lumpy it’s dry. As it’s  cooking sprinkle 1/2 package of the chili seasoning to the meat so that it gets flavored. Cook the turkey until no longer pink, on med high heat.  Drain liquid if needed.

Put small can of tomatoes on the bottom of Crock-Pot then add turkey meat. Add beans and rest of tomatoes, can of green chilies, and the rest of the chili seasoning. Toss it all carefully so that the beans don’t break up.

Put Crock-Pot on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours. Add the hot sauce with about 1/2 hour to go, to taste.

Serve with marinated jalapeños, hot sauce and shredded cheddar cheese.

Comment below with your favorite slow cooker recipe!

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Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

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