Cool Weather Recipes

| October 18, 2013 | 22 Comments

Now that we are firmly in fall and the temperature outside has started to noticeably cool, it’s time to start thinking about the changing the dinners we make to fit the changing season. Sure, there’s never a bad time for some dishes (pizza comes to mind) but other dishes are just so much better when served hot on a cold night. These dishes are usually heavy, hearty dishes, often cooked in a crock pot. The kind of meals that make the whole house smell good while they’re cooking. Here are a few of my favorite cool weather recipes for you to try out on your families.

  • Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup. Ingredients: 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 pounds raw chicken pieces, 4 cups of water, 4 cups of chicken broth  (homemade or canned), salt and pepper to taste (I use a teaspoon or so of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper), 1 small chopped onion,1 or 2 chopped carrots, 2 stalks chopped celery,1/2 teaspoon dried parsley, 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, 1 bay leaf, 6 ounces egg noodles. Directions: Place everything in the slow cooker except for the noodles. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours. Remove the chicken and bay leaf from pot; take meat from bones, dice, and return to broth. Cook another hour on low. Cook the noodles separately and add them just before serving.
  • Slow Cooker Beef Stew. Ingredients: 2 pounds of stew beef cut into 1 inch cubes, 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, salt and pepper to taste, 1 clove minced garlic, 1 bay leaf, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce,1 chopped onion, 1 1/2 cups beef broth, 2 or 3 diced potatoes, 3 or 4 sliced carrots, 1 stalk chopped celery. Directions:  Place meat in slow cooker. In a small bowl mix together the flour, salt, and pepper; pour over meat, making sure to coat meat with the flour mixture. Add garlic, bay leaf, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, onion, beef broth, potatoes, carrots, and celery. Cover, and cook on low all day or overnight. If you want, you could add barley; cook that separately and add at the end.
  • Chili.  Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons vegetable or olive oil, 2 pounds ground beef, 2 chopped medium onions, 2 finely chopped garlic cloves, a big can of whole tomatoes, a can of your favorite beer, 5 Tablespoons chili powder, 2 seeded and chopped jalapeño chilis  (if desired),1 Tablespoon cumin, 2 teaspoons paprika, 1 teaspoon sugar, shredded cheddar cheese, 1 chopped red onion, 1 sliced avocado. Directions: Heat oil in 6 quart saucepan. Add ground beef, onions and garlic and sauté until meat is browned. At this point, you can continue on the stovetop, or transfer to the slow cooker. Stir in next 7 ingredients and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for about an hour. Or, simply set on low in the slow cooker and leave it for the rest of the day. Taste and season with salt and pepper if desired. Ladle into bowl, then let everyone garnish his own with cheese, onion and avocado.

Any of these recipes will make for a warm treat on a cold evening, plus, when you use your slow-cooker for any of these recipes, it’s so nice to come in from a busy day and smell dinner waiting for you. What are some of your favorite cold weather recipes?

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  1. Pamela Halligan says:

    These are three must have recipes for cool weather. I just cooked chili and beef stew for the family this week. I wanted a slow cooker recipe for chicken noodle soup and beef stew. Who knew I’d find them in one spot. Thanks so much for sharing these great recipes.

  2. Niki Mattes says:

    Thsi sounds soooo good , one I am going to try and pin too!

  3. kara says:

    Mmm i love these recipes. Comfort food in this cool weather.

  4. jenny ortiz says:

    sounds great. with cold season a most diff soup to try..

  5. Carole Ingram says:

    I enjoy a good beef stew during the cold winter months…but I do prefer beef “roast” 🙂 hmmm I’m going to make some this weekend!!

  6. Sarah VM says:

    The slow cooker beef stew sounds delicious!

  7. Robin Quick says:

    Thanks for the recipes! I made a crock pot stew Wednesday night & today Im making a crock pot roast beef! I just used a 4 pound roast & added potatoes, carrots & onion to 2 packages on onion soup mix & cream of mushroom soup in my crock pot & cook on hi for 6 hours then turn to low for 2 hours. Its always a big hit at my house! Yummy!

  8. Carolyn A Colley (Griffith, Smith) says:

    these recipes sound great, thanks for sharing

  9. These sound like some great recipes! I’ve just recently discovered my love for cooking with the crock-pot, so I definitely want to try out the Beef Stew 🙂

  10. Tiffany says:

    These are staples i make in the cooler weather months!

  11. Rebecca Sinclair says:

    Thank you for these great ideas! I love all the food that comes with cooler weather!

  12. Jennifer Jo Archdeacon says:

    These crock pot recipes look so good and filling for the cold winter days.

  13. LAMusing says:

    The Beef Stew looks delicious!!!

  14. Karen H in NC says:

    I’m not a fan of cook weather, but I do like good sounding food!

  15. Nataly Carbonell says:

    One of the reasons why I love winter is because I get to cook soup! We love to eat seafood soup and chicken soup

  16. sheila musselman askins says:

    oh these sound yummy!! want to try the chicken and noodles. Love using my crock pot..it makes cooking so easy!

  17. kyla whitley says:

    I love crockpot cooking! All these soup recipes sound great! Will have to try them! Thank you for sharing! 😀

  18. Melissa S says:

    Yes please! In Florida we don’t get cold weather too often, but when we do, I crave this type of meal.

  19. Amber says:

    I LOVE fall when I can start making soups again!

  20. victoria mayweathers says:

    I’m not so much of a good cook but i can follow directions i love food and your step by step meal plans and ingredients will work for moms and dads who can’t cook who could cook whose trying to make a quick easy simple meal for there families very fun for party’s dinners maybe even birthdays i love crock pot meals the little things i do no how to do is cooked in a crock pot but to have food step by step done with the right amounts and seasonings is so much better great ideas….

  21. June Isbel says:

    I’m in Texas and it is still so hot here! I can not wait for cooler weather as I love to cook crockpot recipes! I will purchase the ingredients beofe hand and be ready to cook this recipe Thanks for sharing!
    Happy Halloween,
    June

  22. Lily Kwan says:

    These recipes look very tasty. Thanks for sharing!

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