So if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen me talk about my love of cooking. And if you follow me anywhere or know me IRL you know that I am a big fan of easy, cause let’s be real – adulting is hard enough as it is without making everything more difficult than it needs to be. So I don’t. I have come to realise that there is no point in making things more difficult than they need to be. And this philosophy applies to cooking, at least in my kitchen. Yes, occasionally I will get fancy and make some 3 course dinner with soup and salad – but you can ask Steve, this is about as rare as me shaving my legs in the winter (it doesn’t happen).
So since I’m, lets call it lazy, how do I still manage to eat delicious, healthy, simple meals? I own a crockpot. Actually now I own 2 thanks to the lovely people at Vonshef who replaced my beloved slow cooker which died two weeks ago.
And since I am always on the hunt for good, tried and tested slow cooker dinners, I figured it would be a great opportunity for me to share my favorites. I realise this might not be the most exciting reading post (except for this intro) but I hope it helps all of you who want to make your lives easier and yet still eat delicious food.
Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti with Meatballs – Steve isn’t the biggest meatball fan (he prefers meat sauce) but he loved these
Crock Pot Gumbo – my coworkers had never had gumbo before so I brought this in – huge hit! Easy to add extra veggies to too
Coconut Lime Chicken – such an easy summer meal!
Thai Chicken Soup – big hit in our house, a hardy soup to warm your bones
Chicken Caesar Sandwiches – another great summer meal
Sweet Potato Chickpea Chili – meatless monday dish
Cabbage Roll Soup – low carb & delicious
Bourbon Street Chicken – much better than anything they serve at the foodcourt!
Corn Chowder – another great summer recipie
Salsa Chicken and Spinach – 5 min prep time? Winner!
Adobo Chicken – choose your spice level!
Ratatouille – so colorful and delicious
Hawaiian BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches – great for big groups in the summer
Salsa Chicken – 2 ingredients, so easy!
Chicken and Dumplings – One of Steve’s favorites
Potato and Corn Chowder – great for winter
Tomato Soup – not your normal canned soup
Beef Bourguignon – when you don’t have time to cook like Julia Childs
Goulash – when we returned from Budapest this is all I wanted
Tikka Masala – this one deserves it’s own blog post – maybe one day
Tomato, Kale & Quinoa – for those days you’re feeling super healthy
Chicken Cacciatore – a crock pot version of my Dad’s famous dinner
White Chicken Chili – when you’re over tomatoes
Split Pea Soup – great with a nice piece of gammon
Chicken, Potatoes and Green Beans – when your oven is full but you need a simple meal
Chicken Chili – more traditional chili with tomatoes and chicken
Curried Butternut Squash Soup – delicious soup that’s a little different
These are just a few of the slow cooker meals I’ve made over the last few years. Most of these are US recipes but are easily convertible to metric and visa versa. When I make them I tend to make my own little alterations – adding extra veggies or substituting something that’s not easily found in the UK. So if you do decide to try any of these please let me know below – and comment on the original bloggers post!