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Recipe Roundup: Slow Cooker Meals

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The holidays are here, and that means we’re all busy. A slow cooker is our secret to eating well without spending hours in the kitchen — just add your ingredients to the machine in the morning, and you’ll have a hearty, tender, flavorful meal once you’re back home and you’ve tackled your to-do list. Here are some of our favorite slow cooker dinners (tip: make extra for leftovers — these are even better the next day)!

 

Winter Vegetable StewWinter Vegetable Stew
This classic cool-weather dish sparkles with color and appealing flavors from winter squash and parsnips. Pair with a green salad and crusty country bread to round out the meal.
Vegetarian Curry with Butternut Squash, Eggplant and ChickpeasVegetarian Curry with Butternut Squash, Eggplant and Chickpeas
Seasonal vegetables shine in this meatless curry, featuring warm spices and creamy coconut milk. Serve over steamed rice and if you’d like, top with a spoonful of yogurt.
Simple Fish BouillabaisseSimple Fish Bouillabaisse
Here’s a quick and easy version of bouillabaisse, the famed fish soup of Marseilles, crowned with fresh herbs, orange zest and crunchy crostini.
Tuna with Herbed White BeansTuna with Herbed White Beans
Tuna and white beans are a classic combination, but this flavorful version takes the dish to a whole new level. The tender braised fish and creamy beans mix with the sparkling flavors of vinaigrette, fresh herbs and lemon zest.
Slow-Cooker Coq au VinSlow-Cooker Coq au Vin
Here, this traditional dish from Burgundy is prepared in a Cuisinart multicooker, which lets you to brown the chicken and cook it slowly in the same vessel until the meat is perfectly tender. To prepare it in a standard slow cooker, just brown the meat in a separate pan on the stovetop before adding it to the machine.
Slow-Cooker Curried Chicken SaladSlow-Cooker Curried Chicken Salad
Both curry powder and crisp apples are classic partners for chicken. In this recipe, they’re combined in a fresh, light salad tossed with a creamy dressing, perfect for a light dinner or lunch.
Slow-Cooker LasagnaSlow-Cooker Lasagna
Yes, you can make lasagna in a slow cooker! Our recipe calls for just a handful of ingredients, and it’s a great way to feed a big crowd.
Pumpkin-Braised Pork with GreensPumpkin-Braised Pork with Greens
Our pumpkin braising sauce makes this dish a breeze to prepare. Serve the tender pork over buttered egg noodles or creamy polenta.
Garlicky Pork Shoulder with GreensGarlicky Pork Shoulder with Greens

Seasoned with woodsy rosemary and pungent garlic, this is a boldly flavored, satisfying stew that’s perfect for a cozy night.

 

Braised Lamb Shanks with Sweet PeppersBraised Lamb Shanks with Sweet Peppers
Braised lamb shanks make a show-stopping presentation. Quickly sautéed peppers and crumbled feta add tangy, fresh flavor and color to this dish; accompany with orzo tossed with olive oil, finely chopped tomato and minced fresh parsley.
Braised Beef with Arugula and Grapefruit SaladBraised Beef with Arugula and Grapefruit Salad
In this fresh take on braised beef, the meat is slow cooked with apple juice until very tender. Then the dish is garnished with an arugula, avocado and grapefruit salad just before serving for a light and refreshing accompaniment.
Braised Beef with Autumn VegetablesBraised Beef with Autumn Vegetables
This hearty stew has everything we crave in the cold weather months: tender beef, sweet carrots and pumpkin, and plenty of wintry spices.
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Our Test Kitchen’s Favorite Healthy Dishes January 8, 2016 | 5 Comments

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Inspired by their love of food and passion for health and wellness, our Test Kitchen team launched a Wellness Camp at our headquarters this January, dedicated to teaching Williams-Sonoma employees about little things we could all do to improve our diets and overall sense of well-being. All month, we’ll be sharing some of their favorite tips, from healthy recipe hacks to cooking techniques to small substitutions that make a big difference. Follow along with us on the blog and on Instagram at @williamssonoma and the hashtag #wswellness.

 

Looking for the best-ever recipes for healthy living? The professionals in the Williams-Sonoma Test Kitchen have hand-selected a few of their go-to favorites, and you’ll find them below.

 

“We chose these recipes because they have the key features for clean eating,” our test kitchen cooks told us. “They showcase vegetables and fruits of all colors; use healthy cooking techniques such as grilling and steaming; and get full flavor from spices, herbs and acids.”

 

Read on to discover healthy, great-tasting inspiration for everyday cooking and easy entertaining.

 

Eggs Baked in Tomato Paprika SauceEggs Baked in Tomato Paprika Sauce
Fennel seeds and smoked paprika amp up the flavor of this healthy tomato sauce, topped with a quartet of protein-rich baked eggs.
Warm Corn, Tomato and Arugula SaladWarm Corn, Tomato and Arugula Salad
We’ve teamed a rainbow of fresh tomatoes with corn and arugula to create a wholesome salad with the perfect balance of flavors, colors and textures.
Farmers' Market Salad with Tomato-Basil VinaigretteFarmers’ Market Salad with Tomato-Basil Vinaigrette
Make the most of farm-fresh produce by tossing together this light, healthy salad. For a savory crunch, we’ve topped it with crispy homemade garlic chips.
Kale Salad with Quinoa, Pistachios and Pomegranate SeedsKale Salad with Quinoa, Pistachios and Pomegranate Seeds
Tuscan kale teams up with hearty quinoa, crunchy nuts and jewel-tone pomegranate seeds for a nutrient-packed salad that’s bursting with fresh flavors.
Vegetarian Bibimbap with Crispy Brown RiceVegetarian Bibimbap with Crispy Brown Rice
Put a healthy spin on a traditional Korean dish, spicing up brown rice, fresh vegetables and farm-fresh eggs with ginger, garlic and red chiles.
White Turkey ChiliWhite Turkey Chili
Cannellini beans and tender chunks of roasted turkey give this hearty chili plenty of lean protein. Fire-roasted green chiles and a dollop of tangy sour cream finish the dish with bright, fresh flavors.
Ginger-Soy Red Snapper en PapilloteGinger-Soy Red Snapper en Papillote
A bold, Asian-inspired marinade livens up the flavor of red snapper, which is cooked in a parchment-paper packet along with crunchy carrots and napa cabbage.
Chicken and Mango SkewersChicken and Mango Skewers
Bright tropical flavors shine in this light, healthy combo of succulent grilled chicken and juicy mango, jazzed up with tangy lime and red chile peppers.
Vegetarian Curry with Butternut Squash, Eggplant and ChickpeasVegetarian Curry with Butternut Squash, Eggplant and Chickpeas
Seasonal vegetables take center stage in this hearty meatless curry, enriched with coconut milk and fragrant spices. Serve the curry over steamed rice, topped with a spoonful of yogurt.
Zucchini Noodle Faux PhoZucchini Noodle Faux Pho
For a healthy spin on a classic Vietnamese noodle soup, we’ve switched out the noodles for long strands of zucchini, made with our spiralizer. It’s a fun, easy way to add fresh flavors, textures and nutrients. (See our video for how to make this dish using a handheld spiralizer.)
Grilled Skirt Steak with ChimichurriGrilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri
Lean steak gets a big flavor boost from chimichurri, the piquant Argentinean condiment that includes fresh herbs, garlic, vinegar and olive oil. A quinoa salad with grilled vegetables makes the perfect side dish.
img83lStrawberry Galette with Crème Fraîche
Celebrate the bright, healthy flavors of fresh strawberries by making this gorgeous galette. For a bit of extra indulgence, serve each slice with a dollop of crème fraîche.
Yogurt Panna Cotta with Orange-Pomegranate CompoteYogurt Panna Cotta with Orange-Pomegranate Compote
We’ve given classic Italian panna cotta a healthy update by substituting  yogurt for the traditional cream. This silken dessert is delicious on its own or accompanied by our sweet-tart orange and