Everyday Mom's Meals: Slow Cooker Fall Favorites Day 1 {A Review and Giveaway}

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Slow Cooker Fall Favorites Day 1 {A Review and Giveaway}

That's right! It's almost that time! Cool fall days with crisp fall nights are headed our way quicker than you think, or in my case, much quicker than I would like. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy fall; and everything it brings with it. Apple picking, bonfires, pumpkins, fall festivals...I love it all. 

However I hate what comes after fall, and I long for summer so much. So, if we could have autumn for a couple months, skip winter and go right back into summer...I'd be a happy camper. But alas, I live in the Midwest, where we enjoy (or endure) all 4 seasons. So I better find a way to cope. And what a better way than a brand new cookbook from my good friends at Gooseberry Patch, full of not only fall inspired recipes...but all of them are for our Crock Pots!!


I don't think there is a time of year I enjoy using my slow cooker more than fall. There is just something about being outside enjoying a cool, sunny autumn day, and then coming back to a warm, comforting meal waiting on me. As much as I use my slow cooker year round, it probably sits on the counter top the most during the autumn months. 

In this fabulous book you'll find everything from breakfast ideas, to great tailgating ideas (Another one of the reasons I love fall...football!!!), warm soups and delicious main dishes, to sweet treats to end your meal with.


When I started to thumb through my copy, I immediately knew I had to try a soup. Soups and slow cookers are just a match made in heaven to me. They are what I cook the most in mine, so it was only natural. The minute I saw this recipe I was totally intrigued. See, I have another recipe for the same dish, but it differs in two major ways. One, it contains meat; and while delicious, I'm always on the lookout for meat free options for both my family and to share with all of my vegetarian fans. And two, my other recipe cooks stove top, so this one is immediately easier!

If you love to throw something in your Crock Pot and then head to work, and know supper is waiting on you at the end of a long day, this recipe is for you. Seriously, take about 5 minutes in the morning to open a few cans, stir, and forget it. When supper time rolls around, boil some pasta and dinner can be on the table in almost no time. And not just any dinner. A warm, comforting bowl of delicious soup, bursting with flavor that will warm your soul!

Autumn is on it's way, and while we still have some very warm days ahead of us, it's time to start thinking about all the yummy things we have to look forward to! Oh, and the great folks at Gooseberry Patch have a copy of Slow Cooker Fall Favorites for one lucky EMM reader too. Just scroll down to the giveaway! 

Slow Cooker Pasta Fagioli 
Bela's Favorite Pasta Fagioli
Contributed by Julie Dossantos Fort Pierce, Fl, Found on pg. 108

1 tsp. olive oil
2 (14.5 oz.) cans Italian diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz.) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 cloves garlic, diced
1/2 c. fresh basil, chopped
2 TBS Italian seasoning
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
2 (32 oz.) boxes chicken or vegetable broth
1 lb. ditalini pasta, cooked
Thinly sliced mozzarella cheese, for garnish

Combine oil, undrained tomatoes, beans, garlic, basil and seasonings in a slow cooker. Mix well. Add broth. Stir. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours. Divide pasta among soup bowls. Ladle soup over pasta. Garnish each bowl with cheese. Serves 6-8. 
*NOTE* I used 1 TBS dried basil in place of fresh and garnished with shredded mozzarella. 




Shared on The Country Cook Aug. 22, 2014







***Giveaway***

To Enter: Leave a comment telling me your favorite slow cooker autumn inspired dish.

Bonus Entry #1: Become a fan of Gooseberry Patch on Facebook.

Bonus Entry #2: Follow Gooseberry Patch on Twitter.

Be sure to leave an email address so I can find you!

Contest Ends: September 3, 2014

Disclaimer: I was provided with (2) cookbooks from Gooseberry Patch in exchange for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

60 comments:

Julie Bruns said...

I love my slow cooker! But my favorite is white chicken chili and it's ready for me after a day of work and school

Carrie SaintPierre said...

Roast with potatoes and carrots and onion soup mix is my favorite autum slow cooker dish

Robin Moss said...

There are several that I love but nothing beats a good roast with potatoes, carrots and onions. Unless it is a good hamburger soup!

robinmoss@hotmail.com

Margaret said...

I do a lot of freezer meals so I have a ton of fall crockpot recipes that I love but I have to say nothing beats a big bowl of chili on a cool evening.

LJ said...

Slow-cooker Scalloped potatoes & Ham always a winner with the hubby, regardless of the season...but especially in the Fall!

LJ said...

This is LJ, scalloped potatoes & ham...forgot to give my email!... mariposa_333@ hotmail.com. Thanks!

heatherp626 said...

I have a beef stew that I love making in the fall!

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heatherp626 said...

I have a beef stew that I love making in the fall!

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heatherp626 said...

I am already a fan of Gooseberry Patch on Facebook!

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heatherp626 said...

I am already following GooseBerry patch on Twitter!

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Ashley said...

My favorite slow cooker dish is chili! There is nothing like that to put that on in the morning of a Saturday Ohio State game, and enjoy that during the game! :-)

Debbie Caraballo said...

I love all things autumn...one of the best recipes I like to make in my crockpot for autumn is a good old fashioned pot roast! Thanks for the chance to win. GBP have awesome cookbooks!

DebNJoizee919@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Brownie
ddpeters@windstream.net

My favorite is Chicken and Dressing!

JackieToo said...

Actually, the one I can think of right now is a Gooseberry Patch one. I think the recipe says Chicken and Dumplings but it's more like Chicken Pot Pie to me. It has veggies in it and our Mama's chicken and dumplings never had veggies. Whatever you call it, it's gooood! :)

Lita said...

Krista, I agree that Fall is when I pull out the crock pot. My favorite dish is stuffed cabbage. Mostly because I can smell it when I open the door and the house is filled with that deep aroma. It's a cool rainy day today. Maybe that's what I should put together before I go to work.
Linda
thecontessa@tumbleweedcontessa.com

Kim Stewart said...

I love Mexican chicken in the crock pot. Only 4 ingredients and all my picky eaters like it!
Kim
mytupkim2003 at yahoo dot com

Kim Stewart said...

Liked on FB!

Kim mytupkim2003 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

My favorite thing to make in the Crock Pot in the fall is a nice beef vegetable with barley soup it tastes so good on a fall day.

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JackieToo said...

Oops! jackiespare@bellsouth.net

Anonymous said...

I'm new to slow cooker/ crockpot cooking but think it will be fantastic if I can find the right, down-to-earth, everyday hearty, tasty recipes. Nothing fancy here just good ole grub.

My one and only, therefore, my favorite slow cooker recipe is spiced apple cider...that's it...simple but oh so comforting during our bleak Northern Michigan winters...not too bad for warming up on chilly fall evening either.

John. Jafcmt@aol.com

Ps. That stuffed cabbage recipe mentioned above, sounds like it would be great....and bean soup...yum...sorry, can't wait to get cooking with this new contraption.

Julie V. said...

chicken & noodles

Anonymous said...

crock pot chicken Philly sandwiches
Darlene Doer
Kmd1001@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

crock pot chicken philly sandwiches
Darlene Doer
kmd1001@verizon.net

Lisa S. said...

My fave thing to cook in the slow cooker is a roast. You can change up the seasonings so many different ways.

Lisa Sims

Jimbolisa@bellsouth.net

Tracy said...

I love using my crock pot in the fall. A few favorites are chili, potato soup, and Mississippi pot roast. Yum! :)

Tracy said...

I'm a Gooseberry Facebook fan. :)

starrmom9698@gmail.com
(and I just realized I didn't leave my email on my last comment with my crock pot favorites - oops!)

Sherri Dotten said...

Thank you for the give way! I've loved all sorts of Gooseberry cookbooks, and the ARTWORK! We love Chili, and Chicken and Dumplings! Looking forward to pulling out the crockpot, and having friends over.How about a simple desert, too! A small can of sliced peaches and a small can of apricots in a 9x13. Pour a cake mix over the top- white, yellow, spice, what ever you have, I'd pass on the chocolate- Ugh! and cut up a cube of butter over the top. Bake at 350 for 30 minute. It smells wonderful while cooking! add ice cream if you can afford the calories!

Brenda said...

Love beef stew

TXsunlover said...

Our favorite crockpot meal is roast with potatoes, carrots & onions.

Tammy Cliver said...

My favorite fall slow cooker recipe would have to be (spiced) pumpkin soup.

Kellie said...

We love having a roast with all the fixings. It's one of our favorites along with Chicken Chili.

TXsunlover said...

I follow Gooseberry Patch on FB (Kim Kenny)

TXsunlover said...

I follow Gooseberry Patch on Twitter (@proudyaya04)

Anonymous said...

Liked on FB, following on Twitter. My fave Fall crockpot recipe is Veggie Soup with extra Lima Beans and no meat!!! Michellechey@yahoo.com

Rebecca W. said...

My favorite soup in the fall it's old fashioned chili!!
Michael_weiss(at)hotmail.com

Rebecca W. said...

Like goose berry patch on Facebook.
Michael_weiss(at)hotmail.com

Tammy said...

I use my slow cooker every day. My favorite is a turtle dessert that I make at least once a week.

Tammy Raynes said...

I use my slow cooker everyday. My favorite thing to cook is a Turtle Dessert.

Email is teeraynes@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite crock pot dish for Fall is definitely crock pot chili. Serve with southern cornbread. Delish!

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Mary said...

Stuffed pepper soup!

Ona said...

French onion soup!

dawn P said...

my favorite is pulled pork shoulder for burritos snd tacos
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Anonymous said...

For breakfast I make steel cut oats with chopped apples and spices. Delish! I am already a fan on FB. smroz1161@msn.com

Tracie Williams said...

My current fall slower recipe is tortellini with spinach in a creamy tomato cheese sauce. Serve this with cheesy garlic bread.

Tracie Williams said...

My current favorite fall slower cooker dish is tortellini with spinach in a creamy tomato cheese sauce. Great served with cheesy garlic bread.

Anonymous said...

I love this chocolate bread pudding for dessert in the slow cooker!
l.calderone@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

Swiss steak in mushroom gravy. Loriannhauser@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Swiss steak in mushroom gravy

Corinne Romero said...

I Love your cookbooks! We like a hearty beef veggie soup with squash in it. Yummy

susan sirois said...

Chicken paprikas, beef bourgenois

Anonymous said...

I love making chicken tortilla soup in the slow cooker! It is so delicious!
Michelle
jdluckymm at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I also follow Gooseberry Patch on Facebook!
jdluckymm at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I also follow Gooseberry Patch on Twitter!
jdluckymm at gmail dot com

Karalynne7 said...

We love Salsa Chicken!!

Anonymous said...

I love the chicken and dumplings!! erinathebeach@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I love pot roast cooked in slow cooker and my husband's chilli recipe, which is very good. amurph9@hotmail.com kim.

Val D said...

Beef Stew, very rich, meaty and SO good!!!! Love it with LOTS of barley.

Anonymous said...

Pumpkin oatmeal in the morning has autumn written all over it. That with a cup of pumpkin spice coffee and I'm set :) I just could use some new recipes to spice it up a bit ;) Thank you. Email is thebubblegirl8@yahoo.com

Sharon said...

i HAVE 2 FAVORITES! A good hearty beef stew or old fashioned pot roast!

Sharon said...

ooops forgot to put my email address! lol
mysty46@gmail.com