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A piping-hot bowl of warm, nourishing soup sure is a comforting way to end your day. Using a crock pot, you can prepare a delicious, homemade meal in a bowl. Healthy soup and stew recipes use fiber-packed vegetables, flavorful spices and lean meats to create hearty meals that will warm you up and leave you feeling satisfied. Make this you favorite, the star attraction of your next soup night.

Two-Bean Beef Chili

Nothing hits the spot on a blustery cold day like a pot of hot chili. This spicy, hearty chili is a favorite among many for various reasons: the spicy warmth from generous amounts of chili powder, cumin, coriander, and cinnamon; the complex fruity notes from red wine; and the subtle heat from jalapeños. Take traditional chili up a notch with black beans, red kidney beans and lean ground beef, this tasty chili in a flavorful spicy sauce makes a hearty meal on a chilly day. Cook down the onions to remove some of the water, then put them into the slow cooker with the other ingredients for four to six hours.

Root Vegetable Stew

This hearty vegetable (and vegan) stew is easy to prepare, and is packed with delightfully comforting flavors. Beef and root vegetables give off a rich, hearty flavor to this deliciously warm and comforting dish. Potatoes, parsnips, carrots, butternut squash, baby pumpkin, and sweet potatoes make this stew a seasonal winner. When slowly cooked, root vegetables morph into sweet deliciousness. Use vegetable (or mushroom) chowder here, and you’ve got a hearty, gluten-free, and vegan dinner. Chickpeas, spinach, raisins, and a hint of saffron keep it interesting.

Lumberjack Vegetable Soup

The colder months are the perfect time of year to put your healthy crock pot recipes to good use. Lumberjack vegetable soup is a hearty soup designed with the survival needs of lumberjacks in mind. This vegan soup is a fantastic way to enjoy winter root vegetables. In addition, the soup is packed with vitamins and antioxidants to fend off cold on those chilly winter nights. It is a great way to use vegetables like rutabaga and carrots. More veggies like spinach, celery, and mushrooms make it a smart choice any time of year.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

This soup is nice and thick and could easily pass for a stew. This soup is quick to cook, flavorful, and filling! This Mexican-style soup is hearty but not too heavy for a quick lunch or dinner. Garnish with chopped Monterey Jack cheese, fresh avocado, crushed tortilla chips, or green onion. To make it, first soften vegetables including onion, carrots, and bell pepper in a pot, then proceed to add dry spices; this brings out their flavors. Serve the soup topped with the tortilla strips, and desired garnishes on the side. Serve with warm tortillas or corn bread.

Chicken Pho

This addictive soup, called pho, has an intense chicken flavor accented by aromatic roasted onion and ginger. A classic Vietnamese soup, it is a perfect recipe for a slow cooker. This recipe uses old chicken bits to make a flavorful, rich chicken broth. The chicken and seasonings of cloves, star anise, and ginger simmer all day in the crock pot. Serve with the regular essential garnishes for pho soup—fresh herbs, chilies and lime, bean sprouts. Bean sprouts, crunchy red onions and cilantro keep this traditional Vietnamese soup fresh.

Spicy Black Bean Soup

Healthy and hearty, spicy black bean soup can be made with canned beans or packed beans. Use A tasty combination of spices to create a black bean soup that is full of flavor.  The soup is incredibly savory, all thanks to aromatics like celery, cilantro, carrot, garlic and loads of cumin. Want it thick? Puree some of the beans before cooking to thicken this soup without flour. You’ll love the stick-to-your-ribs texture that results. Combine beans and hot water along with other ingredients like onions, peppers, garlic, and chipotle chilies in the slow cooker for six hours.

Apple-Parsnip Soup

This soup is absolutely delicious and makes an elegant first course for a wintertime dinner. The creamy parsnip and apple soup recipe has amazing flavor from the combination of curry powder, coriander, cumin and ginger. Sweet, slightly earthy and spicy parsnips; and tangy beautifully tart cooking apples combine perfectly in this deliciously smooth soup. Add the savouriness of onions and the smoothness of milk and cream and the result is a great tasting seasonal soup. Use vegetable broth instead of chicken if you’re preparing this for a vegetarian.

Lentil and Sweet Potato Soup

Satisfying and simple to make, Sweet potato & lentil soup homemade soup is a great supper or take-to-work lunch; a rich and flavorsome soup to satisfy hearty winter appetites. The soup has all your favorite ingredients combined all in one glorious soup, lentils, sweet potatoes,  red curry paste, coconut milk, fish sauce, lime juice.  Together, they make something pretty wonderful! The sweet potato and lentils give it body, while the coconut milk improves the creaminess further. Cook on low for 10 hours. Start the process at night and wake up to a hearty blend of potatoes, veggies, and beans

Cajun Stew

This comforting, simple stew is a Cajun dish that many home cooks enjoy. Use your slow cooker to create a luscious surf and turf stew loaded with chicken, shrimp, and Andouille sausage. This is an excellent recipe that is quick and easy to fix, tastes great and feeds a bunch. Serve it with plenty of rice (and maybe some grits, too). If you like your food hot and spicy, increase the Cajun seasoning to 2 tablespoons. For milder palates, simply serve this southern-inspired stew with hot cooked white or brown rice.

Squash, Chickpea, and Red Lentil Stew

Trying exciting new recipes is always fun. This is a healthy Moroccan-spiced vegetarian stew made with butternut squash lentils, and chickpeas! You’ll love this filling meal! The stew is incredibly easy to make and has the most delicious, fresh flavors. This stew contains all good things: big chunks of butternut squash, spicy bits of jalapeno pepper, chickpeas, red lentils, tomatoes and carrots.  Spice it up with a little garam masala and topped it with minced cilantro for good measure.

Curried Carrot Soup

This lightly spiced carrot soup couldn’t be any simpler to make, yet it makes a delicious meal on a cold wintertime’s evening. You can garnish with sultanas, chopped coriander, golden raisins or a dollop of sour cream. Smooth, creamy carrot soup is tasty when done right, but it can easily become mundane. The brightly colored soup is perfect for a dull winter day. It gets its bold hue from cold-weather staples squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, and curry powder.

Chinese Pork and Vegetable Hot Pot

The richly flavored red braises characteristic of Chinese cooking make warming winter meals that can be adapted to a slow cooker. Pork shoulder becomes meltingly tender during the slow braise; and seasonings of anise (lends a distinctive licorice-like flavor), cinnamon and ginger makes dish remarkable. Serve over noodles or brown rice, with stir-fried napa cabbage. This filling, warming soup makes a great winter dinner.





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