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Even when it’s cold ... and dark ... and it feels like years since you last saw the sunshine, these dishes are sure to perk you up. You're welcome!

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Chilli con carne

We couldn't have a set of slow cooker recipes without chilli con carne, and this recipe made with beef brisket instead of mince is an indulgent twist. Cooked low and slow for 8 hours (while you're at work), it has the texture of pulled pork as well as a deep, smoky flavour. Oh, and there's chocolate in there too!

 

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Chicken noodle soup

Via chow.com

Chicken noodle soup

We all know the feeling. The sore, razor-blades-in-your-throat kinda feeling that means you're coming down with a cold. If anything can help it's this chicken noodle soup made with a whole chicken so you get all the goodness. Heaven.

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Chunky minestrone

With beans, celery and courgette, this minestrone medley is your BFF when it comes to boosting your veggie intake. There's sundried tomato paste and a parmesan rind hidden in there too, so it's got heaps of flavour. Ladle into your Tupperware for an all-in-one al-desko lunch or warm up when you get home for a hug in a mug.

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Ginger-glazed ham

Forget honey-roast ham. This ginger beer-poached gammon has an irresistible sweet crust and remains impossibly juicy thanks to your slow cooker. Eat with eggs and chips for tea, slice thinly for sarnies, or chop into chunks for ham and apple fidget pie

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Red lentil dal

A dal-ing dish for veggies or anyone who fancies a tasty meat-free meal. Spiced with turmeric, cardamom and fennel seeds, you'll need to raid the store cupboard for this one, but it'll be 100% worth it.

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Melt-in-the-mouth lamb shanks

This scrumptious scrum of lamb shanks looks so good they could almost be a still life. Eating one all to yourself is bound to lift your spirits and if you’re really lucky, you’ll get some bone marrow too.

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Boeuf Bourguignon

Is there anything more wonderful then slow-cooked beef in fruity red wine? Non. Prep ahead, cook on low, then dish up with steamed green beans for a dinner-party triumph. Soak up the sauce (and the compliments) with crusty French stick. Zut alors!