A Soul-Warming Slow-Cooker Recipe for Every Day of the Week
Unleash your slow cooker's true potential.
The weather is cold, and the to-do list is long. This can only mean one thing: It’s time to break out the slow cooker. If you’re guilty of only using yours every now and then, you should reconsider your appliance’s potential. Whether you want a hearty stew or a toasty cocktail, your slow cooker’s got your back. Read on to find recipes for every day of the week.
Sunday: Sweet Potato Oatmeal
Prep this delicious oatmeal Saturday night, and wake up to a warm, healthy breakfast Sunday morning. Packed with nutrients, this oatmeal is the perfect way to recharge for the week ahead.
Make This: Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato Oatmeal
(Meatball) Monday: Whiskey Meatballs
Show Monday who’s boss with a killer dinner everyone will love. Serve your meatballs on hoagie rolls to create super-simple sandwiches.
(Taco) Tuesday: Salsa Chicken Tacos
Usher Tuesday in with the easiest meal ever. Simply pour a jar of salsa over four raw chicken breasts in your slow cooker, and let it cook on low for 6-8 hours. Shred the chicken after it’s thoroughly cooked, and fill taco shells with the shredded meat. Add any toppings you’d like.
Wednesday: Beef Stew
You know what they say on Wednesdays: Push through with a bowl of stew. (OK, I made that up, but I think it has potential.) Spend a few minutes in the morning prepping this hearty stew to finish hump day strong.
Make This: Slow-Cooker Beef Stew
Thursday: Minestrone Soup
Load up on your veggies to ensure you’re feeling 100 percent for the weekend. This warm, winter soup is equal parts hearty and healthy, making it the perfect Thursday night dinner.
Make This: Slow-Cooker Minestrone Soup
Friday: Cranberry Pomegranate Punch
Celebrate the end of a workweek with warm cranberry pomegranate punch. This festive slow-cooker drink is perfect for a holiday party.
Saturday: Spiked Gingerbread Latte
‘Tis the season for gingerbread — and vodka. Warm up and wind down with a tasty gingerbread latte. Prepare it early in the day to enjoy the scent while you complete holiday to-dos.
Boozy Chocolate-Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa
A magical blending of orgeat syrup, brandy and creme de cacao ensure this warm and creamy cocktail tastes just like decadent chocolate-covered cherries. Get the recipe.
Tipsy S'mores Cocktail
What would fall be without chocolatey, gooey s'mores?! This adults-only sip combines all the goodness of the campfire classic with a soul-warming boozy kick. Toasted marshmallows add a tasty finishing touch. Get the recipe.
Hot Cherry Pie Cocktail
Cherry, vanilla and amaretto give this cocktail all the flavors of a hot-from-the-oven cherry pie. The whipped cream and pie crust crumble make it as pretty as it is tasty. Get the recipe.
Coconut Cream Pie Cocktail
When it's cold outside, warm up with this indulgent cocktail that tastes like rich coconut cream pie. Topped with toasted coconut and graham cracker crumbs, it's a boozy twist on the classic dessert. Get the recipe.
Spiced Cappucini Cocktail
Stir Old Tom gin, Licor43 and Kahlua into strong brewed coffee then top with whipped cream and freshly ground nutmeg for an after-dinner drink that's perfect to enjoy while catching up with family and friends. Get the recipe.
Mexican Hot Cocoa and Puff Pastry Cinnamon Sticks
Spike this traditional, pepper-infused Mexican cocoa with your favorite tequila — or even rum, coffee-flavored liqueur or whiskey — for a soul-warming sip. Get the recipe.
Spiked Hazelnut Hot Cocoa
Add a splash of hazelnut liqueur to this made-from-scratch hot cocoa recipe then top with whipped cream, chocolatey hazelnut spread and chocolate-covered cookies for a chill-busting drink that borders on being a dessert. Get the recipe.
Irish whiskey and a dollop of whipped cream are all you need to turn a cup of coffee into this cold-weather classic. This drink isn't overly rich so it pairs well with dessert yet is tasty enough to serve on its own. Get the recipe.
Warm Apple Pie Cocktail
This apple-cider-based cocktail gets its kick courtesy of Tuaca, a delicious Italian liqueur made with citrus peels, spices and vanilla. Before serving, add a fresh cinnamon stick for an extra bit of spice. Get the recipe.
Hot Buttered Rum
Gather with friends and family around a roaring outdoor fire to enjoy this soul-soothing cocktail. Hot milk, brown sugar, dark rum and real butter give this drink its signature flavor. Get the recipe.
Toasty Hot Chocolate With a Kick
Almost a dessert in itself, this cold-weather cocktail is warm, chocolatey and creamy. For guests with a sweet tooth, it's the perfect late-night or after-dinner cocktail. Get the recipe.
Spice Up Hot Chocolate Mix
Take storebought cocoa from boring to blissfully boozy with a shot of your favorite flavored liqueur — peppermint, cinnamon and butterscotch schnapps are safe bets — or liquor, like bourbon, whiskey, tequila or vodka. Make your cup extra creamy using a combination of half and half and milk.
Classic Hot Toddy
This classic combination of whiskey, lemon and honey not only is good for what ails you but its mellow flavor is the perfect complement to rich Thanksgiving desserts. Get the recipe.