Slow Cooker Recipes to Keep You Warm During the Cold Weather Season

As the leaves start to fall from the trees and temperatures begin to drop, it always feels nice to warm our tummies with some seasonal favorites from the kitchen. Of course with the holidays coming up, our schedules have a tendency to fill up rather quickly. That's why the slow cooker is my best friend, especially during the busy weeks when I'm limited on time, but still want to make a hearty meal for my family.

One of my favorite slow cooker meals to make is my homemade chili! What I especially like is that I can switch it up from time to time. Sometimes I add a different type of bean instead of traditional kidney beans. Other times, I use ground turkey instead of ground beef.

Whenever I make turkey chili, I usually buy Jennie-O's Lean Ground Turkey, because it's all-natural and tastes great. With only 8 grams of fat per serving, it's also the perfect alternative to using beef.

This turkey chili recipe is so delicious, your family will be coming back for seconds. While it's a great meal to serve all year round, it's especially comforting on those cold and dreary winter days.


  • 2 pounds of ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 1 large (28 ounce) can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 to 2 cans of kidney beans
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper

  • Fry up the ground turkey in a pan until lightly browned (Don't cook all the way. The slow cooker will do the rest)
  • Add turkey to the slow cooker
  • Add the rest of the ingredients (diced onion, tomatoes along with liquid, beans, chili powder, paprika, ginger, sugar, salt, and pepper) to the slow cooker
  • Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours (depending on your slow cooker)

Serve in bowls with fresh shredded cheese on top and ENJOY!

Enjoy making slow cooker recipes, but not into chili that much? No problem! Soups, chowders and chili aren't the only things you can whip up in the slow cooker. I personally love this Honey Garlic Chicken and Broccoli dish. What's really neat is that you can also vary up this recipe using turkey instead of chicken. I just made this for dinner last week, and adapted it using Jennie-O's Extra Lean Boneless Turkey Breast Tenderloins. I love that these are 99 percent fat-free and there's so many different things you could do with them.

This dish has an Asian, sweet and sour flair to it, is super easy to make, and tastes great over a big hot plate of brown or white rice.


  • Approximately 1/4 to 1/2 pounds of turkey tenderloins cut up in small chunks/cubes
  • Fresh broccoli cut into floret pieces (You can also use frozen broccoli florets)
  • 1 (20 ounce) can of pineapple chunks with juice.
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 3/4 cup of honey
  • 3/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch

  • Pour pineapple juice into a bowl (set aside the chunk pieces for later)
  • Add oil, honey, soy sauce, water, ketchup, garlic, ginger, and cornstarch into the bowl along with the pineapple juice, and whisk everything together until properly blended
  • Pour contents of the bowl into the slow cooker
  • Add the cut up turkey tenderloins to the slow cooker
  • Add the pineapple chunks to the slow cooker
  • Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours (depending on your slow cooker)
  • About 10 to 20 minutes prior to serving, you can steam the broccoli to your desired liking, then combine with the rest of the ingredients.

Serve over hot rice and ENJOY!

Looking for more slow cooker recipes? Be sure to visit my Recipe Index for additional meal ideas where you can find some of my favorite slow cooker dishes. You can also hop on over to Jennie-O's website to see their collection of slow cooker recipes that are perfect for this time of the year.