It’s January, the coldest, darkest, SAD-dest month of the year, and I’m looking for anything that will make it a little cozier, brighter, and happier. One highly effective way to beat January doldrums: Recipes that are warm, hearty, and soul-satisfying. Add “easy” and “healthy” to that list, and it’s obvious why slow-cooker recipes are winter staples.
The beauty of a slow-cooker is self-evident. You literally throw the ingredients in, set a timer, walk away, and come back to a rich, flavorful, simmering stew of deliciousness. Not sold yet? Guarantee the 17 recipes below—ramen, lo mein, and chili included—will do the trick.