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9 Perfect Springtime Crock Pot Recipes from Around the Web

April 8, 2014

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Spring is here! Time to shake off the winter blahs, enjoy the sunshine outside, and put your heavy coat in the back of the closet. But don’t think that warmer temperatures mean you should put your crock pot in the closet, too! In fact, all the fresh produce in season in early spring makes it the perfect time to make a delicious, slow-cooked meal. If you’re not in the mood for a hearty soup or stew, use your crock pot or Dutch oven to create a curry, main dish, or even a jam! Here are 9 of our favorite crock pot recipes from around the web, guaranteed to put a spring in your step!

Easy Crock Pot Chicken Soup with Roasted Veggies: This recipe from Holistic Squid is a version of the classic chicken soup that takes advantage of fresh herbs and veggies. It’s perfect to fend off any pesky spring colds!

Curried Lentil Soup with Coconut Milk: Nourished Kitchen came up with this creamy, vegan recipe. It’s protein-packed, and  has vitamins A and K2 and linoleic acid for bone and skin health.

White Bean & Kale Soup: With superfood kale and fiber-filled white beans, this refreshing soup provides a heaping serving of protein with a side of iron and potassium.

Peach Jam with No-Sugar Pectin: This luscious, sugar-free, healthily decadent peach jam is perfect spread on crusty bread, as a topping for kefir or rice pudding, or even ice cream! After all, homemade bread deserves homemade preserves.

Double Lentil & Sweet Potato Soup: This vegan, oil-free, gluten-free recipe from Plantiful Wellness was originally meant as a winter stew, but the curry and cayenne flavors turn it into a tangy energy-booster to keep you going through the long days of summer.

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry: This is a perfect lighter meal for repairing muscles after a workout. Curry counteracts fatigue, while the notes of garlic and honey fight off infections and environmental toxins.

Crock Pot Apple SauceUp your daily fruit intake with this honey-sweetened crock pot applesauce. Perfect on its own or as a topping for a sweet or savory dish!

Quinoa Chili: Chili and crockpots were born for each other. Here’s a vegan take on the magnificent meal, filled with tons of vegetables and quinoa for a younger brain and healthier body.

The Perfect One Pot Meal: Okay, so this isn’t so much a recipe as an adaptable formula that you can adjust to your tastes and needs on any given day.   To get you started, there’s a fabulous vegetable beef stew recipe to try out (substitute beans for beef to make it veg-friendly!).

Now the only question is where to find a decent crock pot to try out all these wonderful ideas! Check out our guide to cookware to help you decide!

What’s your favorite crock pot recipe? What are you looking forward to trying out this spring? Share with us in the comments!