Nothing beats a warm, home-cooked meal on a chilly day… except, perhaps, eliminating the hot-stove phase to get there. That’s where the slow cooker comes in. What’s great about slow-cooker meals is: They’re often one-pot dishes (Less cleanup! Complete meal!). So check out these recipes to get some inspiration for your slow cooker this week:
Whole-Grain Breakfast Porridge: Think beyond oats with this multigrain hot cereal.
Chicken Jambalaya: Chicken, rice, peppers, peas, ham… need we say more?
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Though your slow cooker and Dutch oven are surely packed away in a dark corner of your kitchen cabinet, it’s time to take them out and dust them off. It may seem foolish to break out these heavy-duty pots that normally turn out hearty, cold-weather meals, but there really is no better time to put these pots to use for an easy-to-prep, summery spread.
With the right recipes and some seasonal ingredients, a summer cookout can come together in a cinch, so you can have Drip Beef or Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches waiting and ready as soon as your guests show up with bowls of coleslaw and potato salad. Your pots will do all the work of cooking and braising, so you can pull off a simple and delicious summer meal.
Here are 6 summer-inspired recipes that will keep your pots busy:
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If there’s one thing that will help you learn abundant patience, it’s a slow-cooker. You’re forced to wait several hours for the meal, and as you do, your kitchen fills with the opulent aroma of your latest Crock Pot creation. I recently acquired my very own slow-cooker, prompting me to turn out meals of slowly simmered, velvety pulled pork and hearty stews. You’ll soon realize that it’s definitely worth the wait when you use your slow-cooker, whether for the ease of fix-it-and-forget-it mains or just as a way to save some extra space on the stove top.
Here are five worth-the-wait, slow-cooker recipes:
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The slow cooker and I have a bit of a rocky history. As a kid, I quite vividly remember coming home from school to the smell of barbecue chicken wafting through the lid of my mom’s slow cooker – barbecue chicken whose slow 8-hour steam bath left it a stringy, mushy mess by the time it hit my dinner plate. At the tender age of 9, I awarded slow cooking my coveted blue ribbon for “Best Way to Ruin a Perfectly Good Meal.”
After countless recommendations from friends who laud the high, holy merits of the slow cooker, we’ve started talking again. Nothing crazy, totally “first base” stuff, just feeling each other out. And what I’m starting to realize is that I’ve kind of been missing out on a kitchen tool that, when used correctly, makes wicked delicious food.
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Spicy Chicken Jambalaya is easy to make in the slow cooker.
The idea of prepping dinner in the morning and letting it cook away all day long is so appealing that I’m always on the lookout for great slow-cooker recipes. The Slow Cook Book by Heather Whinney is a treasure trove of about 200 slow-cooker recipes ranging from stews and casseroles to curries and roasts and even desserts.
And anyone who has ever scooped gray veggies out of their slow cooker (guilty!) will appreciate her chapter on slow-cooker techniques, complete with step-by-step photos and how-tos. And, as a bonus, if you don’t own a slow cooker or you prefer not to use one, each recipe includes a “traditional method” for slow cooking on the stove or in the oven. So start making easy and nourishing, budget-friendly dinners by rediscovering your slow cooker.
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