8 Healthy Slow-Cooker Recipes You Can Prep In 5 Minutes Or Less

Contributing Food Editor By Liz Moody
Contributing Food Editor
Liz Moody is a food editor, recipe developer and green smoothie enthusiast. She received her creative writing and psychology degree from The University of California, Berkeley. Moody is the author of two cookbooks: Healthier Together and Glow Pops and the host of the Healthier Together podcast.

We've officially entered the best time of year to cozy up to a nourishing, warming dinner or breakfast, but with dwindling daylight and vitamin D depletion, it can be hard to muster the energy to cook. Don't worry—we've got you covered with these eight set-it-and-forget-it recipes, with breakfasts, soups, curries, and even pasta sauce!

Apple Pie Overnight Oats

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Can you imagine waking up to the rich cinnamon-nutmeg smell of these wafting throughout your house? They're vegan and refined-sugar-free, too! Get the full recipe here.

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Chipotle Lentil Soup

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This vegan soup will make your house smell amazing and is filled with protein, fiber, and good fat from that gorgeous-looking avocado on top. Get the full recipe here.

Banana Bread Oatmeal

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Want to wake up to a ready-made healthy version of banana bread? Yes, please! These are enriched with flax and free of any sugar other than the banana. Get the full recipe here.

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Butternut Squash & Chickpea Coconut Curry

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We're huge fans of chickpeas around here, and this recipe incorporates the protein-rich legume with coconut and Indian spices for a warming winter treat. Get the full recipe here.

Quinoa Black Bean Stuffed Peppers

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A kind of healthy take on an enchilada, these couldn't be easier and taste like a Mexican party in your mouth. If you're vegan, simply omit the cheese. Get the full recipe here.

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Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

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This sweet and savory soup is so creamy, you'll never believe it's dairy-free. Top it with optional coconut crispy leeks. Get the full recipe here.

Restorative Detox Vegetable Broth

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Sip this turmeric-laced broth on its own or use it as a base for a detoxifying soup—you'll feel instantly better either way. Get the full recipe here.

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Lentil Bolognese

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Put this rich and hearty, totally dairy-free lentil bolognese on when you leave for work and come home to a ready-made delicious dinner (we'd recommend using a quinoa pasta or another whole grain as your base). Get the full recipe here.

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