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    Posted on Jan 10, 2016

    18 Hot And Delicious Slow Cooker Stews

    Cook dinner and hide under blankets at the same time. Literally.

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    1. Chicken Lentil Soup with Tomatoes and Yogurt:

    Delicious like the stew you'd get at the fancy locavore restaurant, but cheaper. Get the recipe here.

    2. Thai Chicken Soup with Peas and Red Peppers:

    Thank you, red curry paste, for making these dreary winter months bearable. Here's the recipe.

    3. Smoky Chipotle Black Bean Soup:

    If you're not a vegetarian, you can substitute chicken broth for the water + vegetable broth. Get the recipe here.

    4. Chicken Chipotle Chili with Cauliflower:

    Perfection topped with avocado. Here's the recipe.

    5. Root Vegetable Stew with Sage and Kale:

    An easy way to eat up all those wintery root veggies. Here's the recipe.

    6. Homemade Chana Masala:

    This spicy chickpea-based dish is technically not a soup, but you'll eat it in a bowl and it'll make you feel warm inside, which is what really counts here. Here's the recipe.

    7. Chicken Enchilada Soup with Fire-Roasted Corn:

    Chicken Thighs + 5 cans of delicious things + Spices + Chicken Broth = Perfection. To keep it lighter, skip the cheese topping. Get the recipe here.

    8. Miso Vegetable Soup with Zucchini Noodles and Ginger:

    Like that warming soup you get at your favorite sushi spot, but better. Here's the recipe.

    9. Mexican Quinoa with Butternut Squash:

    Remember to rinse your quinoa before tossing it in your slow cooker, so it doesn't taste bitter or soapy. Get the recipe here.

    10. Chicken Chili Verde:

    This is homemade salsa verde in stew-form, and it will fill your kitchen with delicious roasted pepper smells. Get the recipe here.

    11. White Bean and Herb Stew with Leafy Greens:

    This recipe makes 10 to 12 servings — perfect for freezing in individual portions for weekday lunches. Get the recipe here.

    12. Vegetable Beef Stew with Pumpkin Purée:

    You mix the pumpkin with the beef stock before pouring it into the slow cooker: it gives you a little bit of extra vegetable, and makes the broth lovely and thick. Get the recipe here.

    13. Asparagus, Spinach and Potato Soup with Croutons and Eggs:

    If you don't have an immersion blender you can use a regular blender, but it will take more time and be messier. Here's the recipe.

    14. Ham and Kale Stew with Navy Beans:

    It calls for herbes de provence, which you can buy at your grocery store in the spices section or make yourself. Get the recipe here.

    15. Pork Posole with Garlic and Jalapeños:

    Hominy, hominy! Get the recipe here.

    16. Coconut Curry with Cashews, Red Peppers, and Potatoes:

    Serve with brown rice if you're trying to keep things healthier. Here's the recipe.

    17. Bean and Sausage stew with Potatoes and Carrots:

    Look for a lower fat kielbasa to keep it a little lighter. Here's the recipe.

    18. Whole Wheat Chicken Noodle Soup with Thyme and Rosemary:

    Tasty and chunky, even if you don't have a cold. Get the recipe here.