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15 Low-Cal Slow-Cooker Recipes That Taste Like Autumn In A Bowl

Healthy gingerbread pumpkin lattes and pinto bean stew with cornbread dumplings? Yum!

Is there anything more wonderful than crisp fall weather? Answer: Yes! Crisp fall weather with amazing seasonal treats—like pumpkin bread, creamy soups, stout beers, mulled wine and sweet potatoes. Winter is coming, so the urge to carb up and pack on a few is hard to resist. After all, it is bye-bye bikini season and hello, sweater weather! (Dusters are much more forgiving than a French-cut bikini!)

That being said, eating healthy during the cooler weather is a must. You can still enjoy delicious fall foods without breaking your caloric bank—all you need is a Crock-Pot! Yep, it is possible to eat healthy with a Crock-Pot. Don’t believe us? Well, check out some of these dreamy and autumn-appropriate recipes.

1. Slow-Cooker Balsamic Mushroom and Chicken Stroganoff

The secret behind this creamy dish is non-fat Greek yogurt. Balsamic vinegar adds plenty of punch. You can eat it as is, or serve it on top of a heart-healthy grain like quinoa, brown rice or even chickpea noodles. Here is the recipe.


2. Slow-Cooker Pinto Bean Stew With Cornbread Dumplings

Cornbread dumplings!? Yes, please. Best of all, these dumplings cook right in the slow cooker. You can add shredded chicken to make it even heartier and please the meat-lovers in your family. Check the recipe out here.

Miz Helen's Country Cottage

3. Autumn Minestrone Soup

Oh my gosh, we have autumn in a bowl right here! This recipe is a breeze to put together, and best of all, it will allow you to use seasonal veggies like butternut squash. Top it off with fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese, and you won’t even realize you are eating healthy!

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4. Slow-Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

Sigh! Creamy, luscious autumn flavors in a bowl, just begging to be gobbled up with a warm roll of crusty bread. This amazing recipe has so many palette-pleasing layers: apple, sage, cinnamon, coconut—pretty much all the best flavors Mother Nature has to offer. Recipe here.

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5. Banana Slow-Cooker Overnight Steel Cut Oats

Um, who doesn’t want to wake up to a warm, sweet breakfast that tastes exactly like banana bread? This easy overnight oatmeal recipe uses steel cut oats, bananas, flaxseed and freshly grated nutmeg. Yep, it might be time to step up your nutmeg game. You will see why after you try this heaven in a bowl.

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