My slow cooker is one appliance I use a lot.
It’s always bubbling away with a roast, bone broth or a lovely slow braise. When my kids were babies, it was a lifesaver. There is something satisfying about getting dinner sorted early and enjoying the wafting aromas all day long.
I have a few tips for cooking in the slow cooker:
♥ Stack the denser vegetables and meat on the bottom of the slow cooker and the lighter vegetables on top.
♥ Resist the urge to open the lid, you lose cooking time every time you peek!
♥ Browning meat first is totally optional, but it will boost the flavour. Do it if you have time and can be bothered washing another pan!
♥ The general rule is four hours on high or eight hours on low for most meals.
♥ Slow cookers need a lot less liquid, so if you are adapting a favourite recipe, cut the liquid down by about a third. I generally don’t like to bother thickening slow cooker meals at the end, so I use even less liquid. Remember that your veges will release a lot of liquid too.
♥ Here are three things I like to add to slow cooker meals to boost the nutrients.
♥ Always add cream or coconut cream or milk towards the end of the cooking time. Too much cooking makes these curdle.
♥ Lean meat tends to dry out so stick to meat with some fat or tougher cuts.
Slow cooker or crockpot? Same thing! Crockpot is just a brand name for a slow cooker.
Slow cooker safety is an issue that has come up lately and I wanted to quickly touch on it. Personally, I would not use a slow cooker with a non-stick surface – I am wary of the chemicals they use to make it non-stick! There is also some concern about lead in the ceramic glaze of slow cookers. For this reason, I would avoid really old slow cookers, stick to quality brands, ring the manufacturer and ask about your brand or invest in a slow cooker with a stainless steel or glass insert. You can buy lead testing kits to check yours if it’s really worrying you.
Okay, let’s get to the recipes! Here are 20 nourishing, yummy meals for your slow cooker!
20 Wholefood Slow Cooker Recipes
Slow Cooker Beef Cheek Curry from Alisha at Naughty Naturopath Mum.
Winter Beef Stew from Lou at Yogi Tree
Chinese Crispy Roast Pork in the Slow Cooker from Sarah at Clever Cook
Slow Cooked Chicken and Sweet Potato Curry from Sasha at Inspiring Habits
Slow Cooker Pomegranate Lamb Shanks from Kyrstie at A Fresh Legacy
Mexican Pulled Pork from Beth at Hungry Cub
Slow Cooked Lemon Chicken by Sandra at The $100 Food Challenge
Slow Cooker Osso Bucco by Kyrstie at A Fresh Legacy
Slow Cooked Lamb with Figs and Olives from Samantha at Food Health Wealth
Slow Cooker Red Lentil Dhal by Lindsey at Cafe Johnsonia
BBQ Pulled Pork with Cauliflower Cream by SBS Food
Slow Cooked Lamb Necks with Preserved Lemon and Fennel by Maggie Beer
Pork Belly with Apple, Fennel and White Wine from Eloise at Ellies Eating
Slow Cooked Asian Style Beef Ribs by Sandra at The $100 Food Challenge
Goat Curry with Nourishing Broth from Cyndi at Changing Habits
Slow Cooked Beef Ragu from Rhiannon at Move Nourish Believe
Just simple Sweet Potatoes in the Slow cooker from the girls at Super Healthy Kids
Slow Cooker Bolognaise by Annabel Langbein
Mexican Chocolate and Zucchini Cake from Tania at The Cook’s Pyjamas
Cranberry and Coconut Quinoa from the girls at Super Healthy Kids
Want more recipes?
♥ Check out this gorgeous cookbook, Whole Food Slow Cooked for heaps of healthy recipes.
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