7 Healthy Slow-Cooker Recipes Perfect for Winter

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It’s the best time of year for warm and cozy slow-cooker recipes. Keep things healthy for snacks, mains, sides and even dessert with these make-ahead creations.

Pot roast must be one of the most comforting foods there is. Make this no-fuss recipe your go-to for wintertime Sunday dinners.

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Brian Kennedy, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Have a large pot of homemade soup waiting when you walk in the door on a cold winter night. Make sure to have a few chunks of crusty bread on hand for dunking.

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Matt Armendariz, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

This vegetarian main course is extra flavorful and hearty thanks to mushrooms and whole-grain barley.

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EMMERSCHMIDT, 415-370-0502

Flavorful, savory and low-maintenance – my kinda meal. Packed with protein and fiber, a small salad is all you need to finish it off.

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Christopher Testani

Toss out the takeout menu and count on this combo of lean beef, veggies and rice for dinner any night of the week.

Food Network Slow Cooker Chocolate Fondue

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Marshall Troy , FOOD NETWORK : 2012,Television Food Network,G.P.

Food Network Slow Cooker Chocolate Fondue

Save the calories for the decadent, gooey chocolate! Serve this crowd-pleasing dessert with light and healthy dippers like berries, banana, orange segments, dried apricots and cubes of angel food cake.

SLOWCOOKER SPICED NUTS Food Network Kitchen Food Network Maple Syrup, Unsalted Butter, Cinnamon, Orange Zest, Kosher Salt, Cayenne Pepper, Pecans, Cashews

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

SLOWCOOKER SPICED NUTS Food Network Kitchen Food Network Maple Syrup, Unsalted Butter, Cinnamon, Orange Zest, Kosher Salt, Cayenne Pepper, Pecans, Cashews

Make a batch of these irresistible nuts for a get-together or simply to have on hand for snacks and salads during a busy workweek.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

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