It's rare that you find a vegetable-packed soup that also features tender, juicy chunks of beef, but this slow-cooker version does just that.
To put a Southwestern spin on a healthy slow-cooker chicken soup, we built a flavorful base by skillet-browning our aromatics in a small amount of oil.
Chicken broth is one of the most versatile and often-used ingredients in any kitchen.
Rich, deep beef broth is a must-have in any cook's kitchen, and with the help of the slow cooker, it can be whipped up with ease.
Vegetable broth is essential to full-flavored vegetarian cooking, enhancing meat-free dishes with clean vegetal flavor.
For a slow-cooker chili that was both healthy and out of the ordinary, we looked for a way to pair sweet potatoes with a Southern staple: earthy black-eyed peas.
This hearty south-of-the-border chili features a spicy broth with bites of tender shredded chicken and chickpeas.
For a weeknight meal with a Mediterranean edge, we took inspiration from the classic saffron-infused sauces used in Spanish dishes to make a hearty stew.
To create a healthy, vegetable-packed Thai curry in the slow cooker, we turned to eggplant as the star ingredient.
For a vegetarian stew that was so flavorful and substantial even carnivores would be satisfied, we began with sweet, nutty farro and added mushrooms for meaty depth and butternut squash for substance.
Pho is perhaps the best-recognized rice noodle soup from Southeast Asia where all the effort is put into building a richly flavored broth that is poured over rice noodles and thinly sliced beef or chicken and then topped with an abundance of fresh herbs and bean sprouts.
Often a Spanish tortilla is made by slow-cooking potatoes and onions and then adding beaten eggs to form a velvety cake somewhat like a frittata, with deep potato flavor.
Earthy and versatile, eggplant pairs well with traditional Turkish spices, namely, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon.
This fresh casserole pairs quinoa with sweet red bell peppers, earthy sweet potatoes, and corn.
Preparing enchiladas can be a labor-intensive endeavor, but it doesn't have to be. We streamlined this dish and turned it into a meatless weeknight meal.
We wanted a recipe for fish tacos that offered the same great flavor that we could prepare in our slow cooker.
A classic South Carolina shrimp boil is made by simmering shrimp, smoked sausage, corn on the cob, and potatoes in a broth seasoned with Old Bay.
A slow cooker is the perfect vehicle for poaching salmon (and other fish) as it requires less monitoring than the classic stovetop method but can yield comparable results with less chance of overcooking.
Making a slow-cooker fish tagine with moist and tender cod, an aromatic broth, and perfectly cooked vegetables seemed like a tall order.
To achieve a hearty and healthy shrimp and corn stew, we started with the trinity of Southern cooking: onion, bell pepper, and celery.
With its enticing combination of moist chicken, fresh broccolini, and sweet red bell pepper, this rich sauce pairs perfectly with whole-wheat penne.
With 15-bean soup mix as our inspiration, we set out to make an easy bean soup with meaty undertones, a bright flavor, and an appealingly chunky texture.
Attempting to cook whole grains in a slow cooker along with a lean chicken breast is a tall order.
It's often the very simplest meals that are the hardest to re-create in the slow cooker; tender, perfectly cooked bone-in chicken with a garlicky gravy is no exception.
Meaty chicken thighs are a perfect match for the slow cooker as they become meltingly tender in its moist heat environment and the risk of overcooking is slim.
With its buttery, flaky topping and tender chicken and vegetables coated in a velvety sauce, chicken pot pie is a sure crowd-pleaser.
It might come as a surprise that you can cook meatloaf in a slow cooker, but we've found that the gentle and moist heat is the ideal cooking environment for this comfort food classic.
A simple spice mixture and an easy-to-assemble homemade barbecue sauce make it easy to turn slow-cooked bone-in chicken into tangy, silky shredded chicken—perfect for piling onto buns for an easy dinner.
A fantastic method for making a whole “roast” chicken in the slow cooker comes in handy year-round, but it's especially useful in the summer when turning on the oven is just not an appealing option.
A specialty from the Catalonian region of Spain, sautéed spinach with garlic, raisins, and pine nuts is a simple yet satisfying combination of flavors and textures.
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Inspired by the French classic cassoulet, we set out to create a healthy casserole in our slow cooker packed with vegetables and smoky pork flavor.
Cooking a lean roast like pork tenderloin in a slow cooker is tricky because it can quickly turn overcooked and dry. We discovered that nestling two tenderloins side by side, alternating the narrow and thicker ends, helped to insulate the meat and prevented it from overcooking.
Inspired by the lively flavors of Moroccan cuisine, we set out to create a healthy and satisfying meal featuring moist pork and a warm-spiced salad with contrasting textures, straight from the slow cooker.
This incredibly easy and multidimensional recipe features tender shredded pork, flavorful sauce, and a crunchy pickled slaw.
For a real stick-to-your-ribs meal, we used a classic white bean stew as a starting point and incorporated meaty pork and earthy kale.
Steak with roasted vegetables is a classic pairing that we wanted to bring to the slow cooker.
For a lighter yet still hearty version of smothered pork chops, we traded in the usual bacon and buttery gravy for Golden Delicious apples, which held their shape but became tender and saucy in the slow cooker.
This healthy twist on classic spaghetti and meatballs features tender, lean meatballs made ultraflavorful with a mixture of spinach, garlic, and Parmesan and a robust marinara to which we also added fresh spinach.
Bulgur, a staple in Middle Eastern cooking, is high in fiber and protein, yet low in fat and calories, making it a particularly healthy choice to accompany a lean pork tenderloin.
A juicy roast beef and potato dinner is always inviting and surprisingly well-suited to the slow cooker.