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October 21, 2015

Four slow-cooker recipes by local food bloggers

Convenient Crock-Pot meals to keep you warm and full this winter

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Four slow-cooker meals for the fall and winter.

Don't kill the messenger, but cold weather is coming.

To help you make the most of these chillier months, we've gathered four of our favorite Crock-Pot meals, created and shared by local Philadelphia food bloggers.

Pasta E Fagioli Soup

By Philly Food Lovers

Pasta e Fagioli Soup
Nothing warms a person up quite like a bowl of homemade soup. 

This Pasta E Fagioli Soup recipe, shared by the blogging duo behind Philly Food Lovers and inspired by Rachel Ray's recipe, makes for a hearty blend of pasta, tomatoes and beans. 

While you're scouring the Philly Food Lovers' blog, be sure to check out the Korean Chicken Sliders slow-cooker meal as well.

Slow Cooked Ribs and Root Beer BBQ Sauce

By La Phemme Phoodie 

We really wish La Phemme Phoodie shared a photo of this delicious-sounding dinner, but since there isn't one, we're forced to make it ourselves!

The recipe comes in two parts: the ribs and the root beer BBQ glaze, the latter of which combines ketchup, molasses, several spices and root beer for a sweet and savory kick to top the tender meat.

Slow Cooked Pot Roast with Vegetables

By Cooking in Stilettos

Slow Cooker
"Nestle the browned chuck roast into the veggies and broth, cover and set to cook on high for 5-6 hours or on low for 8-10 hours." - Cooking in Stilettos.

Making a pot roast might seem like a time-consuming task, but this recipe is quite the opposite. 

"I don’t know why I thought a pot roast would be daunting," the blogger writes. "In all reality, it’s a bit of searing, a bit of chopping and veggie tumbling into the slow cooker and a bit of beef stock to turn everything all delicious." 

Slow Cooker Sausage and Sweet Potato Chili

By I Can Cook That

Photo does not correlate with recipe. Contributed Art by Real Simple.

You've likely heard of sweet potato fries and sweet potato pies, but how about sweet potato chili? 

The beta-carotene-packed sweet potato makes a great addition to any traditional chili recipe. 

For a vegetarian version, just omit the sausage.