This time of year when the weather is colder and it gets dark earlier, we all want comforting meal and slow cookers can be perfect for that. If your slow cooker is a sat in a cupboard gathering dust, now is the perfect time to get it out of the cupboard. The thing I love about slow cooker is that you can just add the ingredients, let it do it's thing and you have a delicious meal to enjoy come dinner time.
How to Choose the best Slow Cooker
If you don't have a slow cooker and are thinking of investing in one, it can be hard to know the best one to choose. You certainly don't need a all bells and whistles expensive one, there are some great cheap options out there.
My only advice would be to ensure it has a low and high functionality on it and pick one where the dish part can be heated on a stove hob, as this is really useful for browning ingredients for flavouring. Why it is perfectly fine to just dump all ingredients in the slow cooker, depth of flavours come from browning the base ingredients, like onions, garlic, carrots and sometimes even the meat.
One like this Morphy Richards Slow Cooker Sear and Stew is perfect for all slow cooker needs. Of course there are much more expensive and fancier ones, but so long as it does the basics of the above, then it's fine.
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20 Delicious Slimming Slow Cooker Recipes
Here are a Selection of 20 Delicious Slow Cooker recipes from Slimming Eats and two of my favourite healthy recipe bloggers Two Chubby Cubs and The Slimming Foodie.
Healthier Slow Cooker Crack Chicken
Healthier Slow Cooker Crack Chicken – the ultimate family-friendly creamy chicken recipe topped with the yummy smoky flavour of bacon.
crunchy nacho chicken wraps: easy slow cooker meal!
cheese, ham and onion bake in the slow cooker
slow cooker lasagne
Slow Cooker Chicken Meatballs Pasta Bake
Slow Cooker Chicken Meatball Pasta Bake - a delicious recipe for easy tender chicken meatballs, combined with penne pasta and topped with ricotta and parmesan cheese.
Slow-cooker pork & apple stew
Slow Cooked Spicy Asian Beef
Slow Cooked Spicy Asian Beef – skip ordering take out with this amazingly tasty set it and forget it slow cooker meal.
Slow-cooker Mexican casserole
Balsamic Braised Beef (Stove Top, Slow Cooker and Instant Pot)
This delicious bowl of Balsamic Braised Beef is pure comfort food. Tender chunks of beef in a tangy rich tomato sauce.
Slow-cooker chipotle chilli chicken
Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Meatballs
Slow Cooker Italian Chicken Meatballs - the whole family will love these super tender Italian Style Chicken Meatballs in a Rich Tomato Sauce.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwich
Delicious tender caramelized BBQ Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwich - a perfect family meal!!
Oxtail Stew (Instant Pot and Slow Cooker)
Hearty Oxtail Stew – fall off the bone tender oxtails cooked in a delicious vegetable packed broth that is just pure comfort in a bowl.
Tuscan Beef Casserole (Stove Top or Instant Pot)
Tuscan Beef Casserole - a delicious hearty simple dish packed with vegetables and white beans, it's a firm family favourite.
Smoked Paprika Chicken Casserole (Instant Pot, Slow Cooker or Stove Top)
Delicious Smoked Paprika Chicken Casserole - a hearty and comforting recipe with chicken, vegetables and amazing flavour. Grab a bowl and spoon, dig in and enjoy.
Rich Beef and Prune Stew (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker)
Beef and Prune Stew - tender delicious fall apart chunks of stewing beef in a rich flavoursome gravy naturally sweetened with dried prunes.
Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce
Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce - An easy to make Slow Cooker recipe for delicious and rich bolognese sauce with lean ground beef, vegetables and tomatoes. A perfect family meal.
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken - dig out the crock pot and make this delicious and tender Teriyaki Chicken with a perfect ratio of sauce.
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