I’ve been back onto the school/work routine with a bump this week. A break from the norm always takes a little getting used to, plus darker evenings mean I want to just get home and chill. Autumn and winter are when my slow cooker comes into its own. Plus, with the clocks going back, I have a little more time in the mornings to prep that days evening meal.
Take today’s, for example; a chicken and chickpea casserole with mustard mash. A few chopped carrots, chopped onion, chicken pieces, 2 chicken stock cube in 1/2 pint of water and a tin of chickpeas. Season to taste and hey presto, 8 hours later you’ve got a delicious meal. Mash potato with a tablespoon of English mustard, a tablespoon of butter, a dash of salt and pepper finished it off.
If you fancy swaying from the traditional slow cooker casserole, why not try a lamb curry? I like to make this nutritious, easy dish using lamb from Graig Farm, which after a day of cooking truly melts in the mouth!
Did you know you can bake jacket potatoes in a slow cooker? Me neither until I read this week of slow cooker recipes from Katykicker.com
Wash the potatoes, prick them with a fork and then pat them dry. Place the potatoes on individual sheets of tin foil. Brush them with a little olive oil and season with salt. Then wrap up. You can cook these on high for around 5-6 hours or low for around 8-9 hours.
This recipe goes against everything I try to feed my kids. The idea of baking a joint of ham in a fizzy drink just seems to wrong but do you know what? It works. I’ve cooked it a few times, usually over the Christmas period where all healthy living rules go out the window. My justification; if Nigella can eat it and still look amazing then once in a while won’t hurt.
This super healthy soup can be prepared the night before. I’d suggest this if time is limited in the morning as butternut squashes are a pain to peel and chop. I’ve always made it by roasting the vegetables, keeping the squash in its skin so you simply scoop it out once it’s ready and blend it all up. Either way, it tastes amazing served up in a bowl, tear some ciabatta then lay on top, drizzle with olive oil and toast under a preheated grill.
Last but by no means least is one of my favourites back in the day when I still ate meat. I was never a fan of chewy meat so tended to avoid cooking beef for that very purpose, but it’s one of the meats which cook really well slowly. Serve in soft baps with coleslaw means you get some of daily veg intake too.
This is just a snippet of what’s out there on the web. I could wow you with recipes of slow cooker cakes and the more exotic and adventurous. In my search for the best family-friendly recipes, I’ve stumbled upon a few mouth-watering vegetarian dishes I’ve bookmarked. For the moment though, this should get you started.
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