Simple and comforting slow-cooker meals
Everyone loves a good slow-cooked meal. These dishes are heart-warming and a pleasure to prepare, especially in the fall.
All the good stuff
- These all-in-one meals are so easy to make. You can cook all the ingredients together at once, saving precious time (and loads of dish washing).
- Prepared in large quantities, these comforting meals can feed the entire family for dinner… and for lunch the next day! Or you can freeze any leftovers.
- Slow-cooker meals were made to feed a crowd.
- Meat that is slow-cooked is the most tender of meats. Opt for value packs for delicious yet economical dishes.
- You can use your oven to make two slow-cooked meals at once.
- And the smell! That mouth-watering smell will fill your entire home!
Meet the crockpot
In addition to its low-energy consumption, what’s great about the crockpot is that it allows you to cook your meal without surveillance. Simply turn it on before leaving in the morning, and come home to a warm dinner ready to be served.
Get started with recipes specifically created for the crockpot. It will be easier for you to adapt basic slow-cooker recipes to this cooking method in the future.
Three tips to consider:
- 1. Because there’s little to no evaporation, recipes cooked in the crockpot require about half the amount of liquid compared to their oven counterparts.
- 2. Avoid lifting the cover during cooking in order to maintain the slow-cooker’s temperature. Only do so to add more tender vegetables, rice, milk, or a thickener at the end.
- 3. Although not essential, browning the meat and veggies enhances the flavours. The low-temp setting also builds up the aromas for an out-of-this-world slow-cooked meal!
A delicious way to preserve the vitamins in fresh or frozen veggies
The following root vegetables and other local winter veggies are slow-cooker staples: cabbage, carrots, potatoes, rutabaga (also known as turnip), and green and yellow beans.
You can also break from tradition and try adding sweet potatoes, fennel, squash, and parsnip to the crockpot. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the flavours!
Frozen veggies can save you time with traditional slow-cooked meals cooked in the oven and in the crockpot. However, these should be added later (about 30 to 45 minutes before your meal is done).
And great news: the vitamins that would normally dissipate in water are preserved in the broth, so have as much as you like (as long as it’s neither too fatty nor too salty)!
Here are a few slow-cooker recipe suggestions for you to try: beef stew, chicken stew, veal, lamb, or fish stew, or even a vegetarian slow-cooker recipe.