50 Top Slow Cooker Recipes - Easy One Pot Recipes For The Whole Family (Easy and Healthy Cookbooks)

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50 Top

Slow Cooker Recipes

Easy Crock Pot Recipes For The Whole Family

Sarah Stevens

Copyright © 2013 Sarah Stevens

 

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Getting the most out of your slow cooker or crock pot

Temperature and Weight Conversions

Oven temperature
Mass(weight)

Pork Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder
Slow Cooked Pork Chops
Hot Chalupa Dinner Bowl
Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas
Brazillian Feijoada
Spicy Pork Tacos
Easy Barbecue Country Style Ribs
Tasty BBQ Pulled Pork
To Die For Pulled Pork

Chicken Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow Cooked Whole Chicken
Stuffed Chicken Rolls
Chicken Cream Cheese
French Chicken Stew

Beef Slow Cooker Recipes

Italian Pot Roast
Beef Daube Provençal
Corned Beef and Cabbage
Momma’s Best Spaghetti sauce
Sausage and Shrimp Jambalaya
One Pot Tamale Pie
Beef Stroganoff
Glazed Corned Beef
Tasty Mushroom Pot Roast
Classic Beef Short Ribs
Slow Cooked Traditional Lasagna
Roast Beef and Mushroom Gravy
Crock Pot Roast Beef
Slow Cooked Sloppy Joes
Hot Smoked Beef Brisket
Classic Homestyle Beef Stew
Barbecue Beef Brisket
Mum’s Slow Cooker Chili

Lamb Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow Cooked Rogan Josh Lamb Shanks
Rosemary Braised Lamb Shanks
Lamb Curry
Roast Lamb with Onions and Thyme
Seven Hour Lamb with Red Wine
Slow Cooked Moroccan Lamb Shanks

Turkey Slow Cooker Recipes

Classic Slow Cooked Turkey Chili
Onion Turkey Breast
Simple Boneless Turkey Breast

Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes

Crock Pot Candy
Homestyle Cream Corn
Classic Macaroni and cheese
Simple Applesauce
Meat Sauce with Pasta

Soup and Chowder Slow Cooker Recipes

Easy Baked Potato Soup
Potato Cheddar and Chive Soup
Chicken or Beef Taco Soup
Belly Warming Potato Chowder
Healthy Pasta and Bean Soup
Vegetable Minestrone

Where To From Here?

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Introduction

When it comes to cooking, nothing beats the ease, simplicity and taste of a slow cooker. When you can just put the food in, walk away and return to a hot, homemade meal does it get any better than that?

The recipes that follow will help you save time while providing a hot and ready meal that will satisfy any appetite. So, whether you’re cooking for just yourself or for your entire family, use this one kitchen appliance on a regular basis to spend your time creating cherished memories – not slaving away in a hot kitchen.

Getting the most out of your slow cooker or crock pot

Before you embark on your slow cooker journey, here are a few
tips and tricks
to take your meals from nominal to
phenomenal
:

 
  • Make sure you use a slow cooker that is the right size for your meal. If it’s too full or, on the converse, doesn’t have enough in it, it will affect the outcome of your meal as it won’t cook as well.
  • Every time you remove the lid, you’re slowing the cooking process, so try to resist the urge to peek at your yummy meal until it should be ready and you’re trying to make sure it’s done (unless the recipe says to). Yes, it smells good when you release the aroma into the kitchen, but you’ll be able to taste your masterpiece soon enough. Keep the moisture in your meal instead of in the air around you.
  • Don’t worry about stirring your slow cooker meal. The recipes are designed to cook just as they are, no mixing required. (This takes away your excuse to continue lifting the lid!)
  • Sear your meat or vegetables in a pan before adding them to the slow cooker if you have time. This seals in their juices and nutrients and creates better tasting food as an end product. Add some water to whatever juice and meat pieces are left in the pan and pour that into the slow cooker as well for some additional flavor.
  • Don’t add frozen meat to your slow cooker. As it takes longer to get it in a safe heat zone (above 40 degrees F), you risk the formation of bacteria by using food that has to thaw before it cooks. Just put your slow cooker ingredients in the fridge the night before to make sure they’re ready to go the next morning.
  • Don’t cook whole chickens or huge roasts in a slow cooker. The meat will cook unevenly and, like the frozen foods, it will stay in an unsafe temperature zone for too long. Get past this by cutting your meat into smaller portions, thereby allowing it to cook evenly and safely.
  • Put your vegetables in before the meat. That’s right. The vegetables will actually take longer to cook, so you’ll want them on the bottom of the cooker. Also, make sure they’re all cut around the same size so that they cook at the same rate. If you have some small pieces and some large, you may end up with overcooked and undercooked bits.
  • Be cautious of how much water you put in with your meat. You don’t actually have to cover the meat for it to be juicy and tender. Think about when you cook a roast in the oven; it’s the same thing. Adding a little water for some moisture and to make some gravy at the end is okay, but anything more is a waste.
  • Remove excess fat from your cuts of meat. It isn’t necessary for taste, so why add extra pounds to your body? If you notice that a lot of fat forms at the top of your slow cooker, dip a piece of bread lightly on the top to soak up all the excess.
  • Also, don’t worry about buying the best cuts of meat. It’s unnecessary and a waste of money as it will all cook around the same.
  • Use the right temperature. Most slow cookers have both high and low settings. Depending on what you have in it and how long before you want to eat, you should pick the setting that best suits your needs. A good rule to follow is that it will take your food twice as long to cook on low as it does on high. So, if you want your meal around lunch time, you may want to use high, but if it’s a warm dinner you’re after, then low is more appropriate. Having said that coking on low usually creates more tender meat so is what I recommend.

Using a slow cooker will allow you to make healthy, satisfying meals even when your schedule is packed full. Now, let’s put what you’ve learned to use with great recipes like these:

Temperature and Weight Conversions

Oven temperature

If using a fan-forced oven, your cooking time may be a little quicker, so start checking your food a little earlier.

 

Mass(weight)

Pork Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder

A slow roasted pork shoulder is one of the best, special meals that you can cook at home. And when done right it gives you a combination of crispy skin and tender, juicy meat that you just cannot get any other way.

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