Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Make it slow and easy

Not a stranger to kitchen tools of convenience, I admit to using a microwave on occasion to cook my oatmeal and I openly profess my love for my slow cooker. I'm a busy bee and I need to eat. I'm not the biggest fan of packaged or canned foods, but sometimes in these hectic times our only option is to add canned beans to a recipe or steam frozen veggies instead of running to the store to buy fresh. What could be more convenient than turning on a slow cooker before you leave for work and come home to a fully cooked main course? I used to use my slow cooker just on St. Patrick's Day—it makes the most perfect corned beef, potatoes, and cabbage—but it is truly the best friend of the working gal (or guy).

This is why A Year of Crockpotting is my new favorite website. These recipes are not only delicious and easy, they are gluten-free. Thank you to my Twitter friend, CyndiinBC for introducing me to Stephanie and her crockpots! I made my own pantry's version of Clean Out Your Pantry CrockPot Chili. Two cans of beans, rinsed (black and white kidney), 1/2 can of chopped green chilies, 1 tsp crushed garlic, 1 can of tomato sauce, 1/2 large onion, sauteed, 2 lbs of ground supercow, browned. Combine in slow cooker pot, add water (I used a tomato sauce can-full), spices to taste (Italian seasoning, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper), and go!

What is your favorite slow cooker recipe?
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  1. I love Stephanie's website! One of my fave recipes of hers was the "Turkey and Wild Rice Soup." I also really liked her "Obama Chili".
    I also discovered this year that cooking a turkey in the crockpot is so super easy and yummy! I made one for thanksgiving and another for christmas.

  2. Crockpot turkey? My slow cooker is small, it would have to be a teensy turkey! I need to invest in a second, larger model. Two slow cookers are better than one!

  3. (I briefly did design at Hamilton Beach/Proctor Silex so I use the term 'slow cooker' instead of 'crockpot,' which was the name of their competitor. Got some dirty looks when using the 'c' word.)

  4. I've been reading 360 Days... for a while. It rocks! Tonight I made something that was super easy, and I didn't even have to use a crack-pot...split pea soup! Yum. I posted the recipe on my blog if you're interested :)