Healthy Friendsgiving Crockpot Meals

If you’ve never heard the term “friendsgiving” before, it’s pretty much what it sounds like — a Thanksgiving meal shared with friends. Some people choose to have Friendsgiving if they are unable to visit their family for the holiday, while others choose to have one as a reason to get together with friends. Usually a Friendsgiving is held the weekend before, or after Thanksgiving Day. It’s a fun way to catch up with friends who may be in town for the holiday!

A host of a Friendsgiving may choose to cook a traditional Thanksgiving meal. However, sometimes due to how busy everyone is at the holidays, it’s easiest to treat Friendsgiving as a potluck. With that in mind, we’ve compiled these Thanksgiving crockpot recipes to make your contribution a breeze! 

Healthy Friendsgiving Crockpot Meals

Crockpot Turkey Breast

Avoid running your oven all day by cooking your turkey in a crockpot instead! In just 4 hours  you’ll have a moist turkey ready to eat – and easy to transport if you are taking it to someone else’s house. 

Slow Cooker Stuffing

This recipe requires sautéing the herbs and veggies before throwing them into the slow cooker — it helps their flavors open up. Combine with onion, eggs, broth, and cubed bread and cook for 4 hours. 

Crockpot Sweet Potatoes 

This is a very easy way to make creamy sweet potatoes. Simply combine potatoes, butter (if vegan, substitute plant-based butter) brown sugar and cinnamon to taste and cook for 3-4 hours until potatoes are tender. 

Slow Cooker Jackfruit Turk’y N Gravy

Here’s one to wow your vegan friends! Add jackfruit, seasonings, white miso paste, vegan butter, vegetable broth, and cornstarch and let cook for 4 hours. Serve over mashed potatoes for a warm and hearty meal. 

Slow Cooker Applesauce Spice Cake

Did you know you can make a cake in a slow cooker? Well you can, and this recipe shows how easy it is. You’ll beat the ingredients together before adding to the slow cooker, but once it’s all combined, you’ll just leave it to cook for 3 hours and end up with a delicious cake that smells amazing.

Southern Slow Cooker Green Beans

Try this recipe for decadent green beans. Beans, bacon, chicken broth, and onion cook  together for 4-6 hours to create a very tender bean dish. You can sub veggie broth and skip the bacon if you need a vegetarian side. 

Slow Cooker Roasted Carrots

These sweet and savory carrots are sure to be a hit at your Friendsgiving. Wash and peel the  carrots then add to the cooker with apricot or peach preserves, honey, balsamic vinegar, and a few other herbs and spices, cook for 6 hours, then enjoy!

Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Sangria

Look no further to find your signature cocktail this Thanksgiving. You need two bottles of Rioja, or any dry and light-bodied red wine. You’ll also need brandy, cranberry juice, fresh cranberries, sliced orange, and cinnamon sticks. The sangria cooks for one hour. Serve and garnish with a cinnamon stick for a tasty seasonal drink.

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