How To Make All Your Fall Faves In A Slow Cooker, Because #Adulting Doesn't Have To Be Hard

By Chrisanne Grisé

Everyone knows that fall foods are the best foods. Whether you're all about pumpkin spice or are more into cozying up with a bowl of bone broth based soup, this time of year offers so many savory ingredients that can easily be incorporated into your meals. That's exactly why Bustle is so stoked to team up with Pacific Foods to round up a list of simple fall slow cooker recipes that'll keep your fall cravings satisfied all season long.

I used to not be a huge fan of cooking because seriously, who has the time to pull together a meal that's both tasty and good for you? But then I bought a slow cooker, and it has truly revolutionized my life. Now my cooking routine looks something like throwing a few ingredients into my slow cooker before work, turning it on, then coming home at the end of the day to none other than an incredible (and delicious smelling) dinner.

In my opinion, a fall evening doesn't get better than that — especially as the temperature drops, and I just want to curl up on my couch at night. If this sounds like a solid plan to you, then scroll onward to check out the very best sweet and savory recipes will help ensure that this is your best fall ever.

Vegetable Beef Barley Soup

This warm hearty soup is comfort food at its finest. It's jam-packed with plenty of tasty ingredients including potatoes, mushrooms, and beef bone broth (we recommend the Organic Beef Bone Broth from Pacific Foods), but because you don't have to sear the meat beforehand, it takes only 10 minutes of prep time to make. Pop on over to Pinch and Swirl for the full recipe.

Pumpkin Spice Apple Cider

No fall get-together is complete without apple cider, and this irresistible version adds a kick of pumpkin spice for good fall measure. And yes, your slow cooker can help you whip up House of Yumm's genius concoction. Bonus: As it brews, it'll make your whole home smell like an autumn wonderland.

Chicken And Dumplings

Newsflash: Your slow cooker is capable of making way more than just soups, and this chicken and dumplings recipe from AIP Sisterhood will easily work its way into your regular rotation. It's AIP compliant for those following the Autoimmune Protocol diet, and it only requires a handful of ingredients — like coconut milk, arrowroot flower, and Pacific Foods Organic Chicken Bone Broth — to make.

Baked Apples

Topped with granola and drizzled with a little butter and maple syrup, these baked apples from The Magical Slow Cooker make for the perfect autumn breakfast. (Pro tip: If you've got a sweet tooth, you can also throw in some ice cream and have them as a dessert.) Whenever you eat them, they're sure to put you in a festive fall food.

Roast Chicken

This roast chicken — covered in spices and seasonings — from Chew Out Loud is so tender and flavorful, you're going to want to eat it all in one sitting. Or if you're willing to share, it's practically guaranteed to impress guests at your next dinner party. (See, you've got this #adulting thing totally under control!)

Vegan Pumpkin Quinoa

If you're trying to eat gluten-free or vegan — or just want a healthy and appetizing morning meal option — this pumpkin quinoa recipe from Cotter Crunch is worth checking out. It's loaded with amino acids, vitamins, and fiber, thanks to an appealing mix of ingredients that includes pumpkin puree, coconut milk, and cinnamon. Let it cook overnight and you'll wake up to the perfect fall breakfast.

Hearty Hungarian Goulash

Paleo lovers, meet your new favorite meal. Cubes of chuck roast combine with spicy yet sweet seasonings like cinnamon and paprika to create a flavorful Hungarian goulash that'll warm you up on the coolest nights. Best of all: you can add a punch of nourishment by choosing any of Pacific Foods' Organic Bone Broths as a key ingredient to this fall staple. Bon appétit!

This post is sponsored by Pacific Foods.