Nothing brings in the cosy warm winter vibes than coming home to a house smelling of your dinner ready to go. Or waking up in the morning when it’s 6 degrees outside and you’re lured into the kitchen by the scent of vanilla spiced oatmeal ready for you to breeze the day.
…Or starting the night right with dessert. 😋
In fact, autumn and winter is arguably better with hearty, delicious food to look forward to at every meal!!
So we’ve pulled together 5 of our fave slow cooker recipes for morning and night, with plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day. Once that cooker is on the go, all that’s left to do is pull up a pew and chill!
1. Slow Cooker Vegetable and Quinoa Curry
This recipe is simply heavenly! It was created by Leonie from The Style Insider and it is beyond amazing! The recipe makes plenty for all, and is ideal as a delicious weekend lunch for all the family.
Star ingredient chickpeas…
…are super high in protein and a rich source of vitamins, minerals and fibre so you slay your day everyday. Plus they’re a great source of fibre, folate, iron, phosphorous and manganese which all helps you to feel full, longer, while reducing food cravings.
2. Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
This is perfect for inviting friends over for dinner or cooking a nourishing warm meal for the family to eat at the end of a busy winter’s day.
Star ingredient tomatoes…
…contain a hugely potent red pigment antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to an array of incredible health benefits from reducing risk of heart disease and cancer. Tomatoes hail from the deadly nightshade family and are actually a fruit used like a vegetable in cooking. Plus tomatoes are a great source of fibre and are loaded with vitamin C, potassium, folate (B9) and vitamin K to help blood clotting. Tomatoes also contain beta carotene which is converted to vitamin A in the body, the flavonoid naringenin known to protect against disease by reducing inflammation in the body, and the powerful antioxidant chlorogenic acid associated with lowering blood pressure.
3. Slow Cooker Chickpea Stew With Apricots
Having a few cans of chickpeas, or for the better organised some chick peas soaked overnight, means a few additional ingredients is all that is need to magic up a gorgeous meal loaded with nutrients.
Star ingredient apricots…
…are little known but these little summer stone fruits are amazing for our health and wellbeing. Apricots are excellent for bone health with high levels of calcium, iron, phosphorous, manganese and copper which aid in bone metabolism. Like tomatoes, apricots contain vitamin C, beta carotene, potassium and fibre to help a healthy heart. As well as carotenoids, the “pro-vitamins” that are converted to vitamin A in the body to support a healthy immune system.
4. Slow Cooker Almond Rice Pudding With Chia Seeds and Raisins
Who doesn’t like a good rice pudding? Nothing says winter comfort food quite like it and this recipe won’t disappoint!
Star ingredient brown rice…
…is an unsung hero in the ingredient world. Brown rice is packed full of vitamin B, and in particular, folate, which is critical to the body for creating new cells and preventing birth defects. Plus it has a high iron content and the miracle mineral magnesium, associated with more then 300 body functions. It’s also low in calories, gluten-free and no trans-fat! Brown rice’s high fibre content helps to support a healthy functioning digestive system while reducing cholesterol.
5. Slow Cooker Vanilla Spiced Oatmeal
Relaxing over a coffee and hot, slow cooker oats on a weekend morning is our idea of heaven!
Star ingredient oats…
…while not suited to all gluten-free diets, oats are an unmatched nutritional boost when it comes to brekkie time meals! Oats are a whole grain high in antioxidants and bursting with vitamins, minerals like manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, folate and vitamins B1 and B5, and fibre essential to a flourishing healthy body. The antioxidants that make oats so exceptional are avenanthramides associated with lowering blood pressure among its many benefits. Best of all, oats are super filling, meaning you won’t be hungry again until lunch time!
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