When it comes to my personal meal plan, you can count on one thing: it will involve the slow cooker at least once a week all year long. The slow cooker is a constant and unbelievably helpful presence in my kitchen. I use it for everything and anything, but come the cold days of fall there are certain classics, like hearty beef chili and pumpkin spice oats, that I absolutely cannot pass up. And you shouldn't either.
This dinner is just like the Thanksgiving stuffing you love so much, but with a little extra oomph and veggies to make it meal-worthy.
This hearty tomato soup starts with dried pinto beans, which means it calls for an all-day cook (always a win!). It's best to cook the pasta separately, so it doesn't soak up too much of the broth or get soggy.
A big batch of applesauce is always my first order of business after apple picking, and then again with late-season apples from the farmers market.
I've had this oatmeal on repeat since October and I don't plan to stop anytime soon. It's the most satisfying way to get my pumpkin spice fix, and there's a lot to love about a breakfast that cooks all night and is waiting for me when I wake up.
This soup is a nostalgic classic that is not to be skipped this season. Long-cooking wild rice is the perfect candidate for the slow cooker.
Pork and apples are a quintessential fall duo, and this ultra-savory stew with a hint of sweet tang is my favorite way to bring it to the table. I love that it's heavy on the sauce — use a chunk of fresh bread to soak it all up.
There are few meals quite as comforting as chicken soup. This version, while it requires ample time, is quite easy and packed with flavor. Rice or egg noodles make a nice addition and are best cooked separately.
If you're at a loss for what to do with that winter squash sitting on your counter (this also works with butternut squash or pumpkin), make this hearty stew once and it's likely to become a new favorite.
Come fall, beef chili simmered all day in the slow cooker is a must. By now I've made it enough times that I've got plenty of leftovers stocked in the freezer for the cold nights to come.
If you haven't made mashed potatoes in your slow cooker, let this month be the time it finally happens. Just wait until you see how easy it is.