If you feel like there’s something about winter that makes you want to stock up on food like a grizzly bear, you’re not alone. Cold days, the sun going down at what seems like mid-afternoon, the winter blues — it all adds up to feeling both ravenous and sleepy, a definite hibernation-type vibe. Cooking up a fulfilling, hearty meal that’s perfect for a frigid evening might sound like a daunting task, but it can be done. Just pull out the slow cooker and put together these crock pot recipes for winter in the morning. Go about your day, and return home to a hot and delicious meal that’s just waiting to be plated up with your choice of garnishes and sides.
There are definitely hearty vegetarian options in these recipes, but the ones with meat are easy, too. That’s because they don’t require what I consider to be a sneaky bait-and-switch technique that’s often found in crock pot recipes — that thing where you’re supposed to brown the meat before putting it in the slow cooker. If I wanted to stand over a pan browning meat, I wouldn’t be using my crock pot, would I? Who wants to brown meat in the morning? No, this is all about throwing ingredients into the pot when you wake up, and walking in from the cold later on to a fully-cooked meal.