Slow Cooker Obsessed

Why did it take me so long to get the slow cooker out of the back of my car?? It is amazing. Not only does it hugely help when we have a busy evening but it is so nice to come from work and smell dinner. And so far, everything has been delicious!

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All it takes is a bit of forward planning and minor prep in the morning. And Iโ€™m nothing if not lover of planning. And looking up loads of recipes on Pinterest or my favourite blogs. Always fun!

So for a bit of WIAW fun, here are my latest meals thanks to my slow cooker.


Slow Cooker Disassembled Cottage Pie:

Slow cooker cottage pie

This was very simple. The night before I chopped a white onion and fried it with garlic ready for the morning. Then in the morning I added that to the slow cooker with 400g/~1lb lean beef mince. I added a few tablespoons of tomato paste, herbs and crumbled a couple of beef stock cubes and gave it a good mix. Then I popped it on low and went on my merry way to work. It probably cooked for 8-9 hours.

My intention had been to pop it into a casserole dish with mash sweet potato on it and cook it for another 20mins but in the end I couldn’t be bothered. So Ben got his with garlic bread and I whizzed up some cheesey cauliflower mash for me. Done.

I’d suggest it could probably serve 4 with potato but for me and my monster appetite (and only having cauliflower mash) I finished off half and felt very satisfied. Ben struggled with his half!

Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken:

I used THIS recipe for this meal. It was unbelievably easy. Just chicken, a tub of cream cheese (I used medium fat), a tin of condensed chicken soup (I used Campbell’s), lots of Italian herbs and 1/2 cup of water. Mix and put on low for 6-8 hours.

Slow Cooker Roast Chicken:

Again, another simple chicken meal. I chopped up an onion and added it to the slow cooker with lots of garlic and herbs, then placed a whole chicken on top. 6 hours on low (until the juices in the chicken ran clear).

I then served the chicken with a bit of the drained roasted onion and lots of roasted squash (which I did in the normal oven) and vegetables. And half a bottle of BBQ sauce… You know it makes sense.

Squash Soup with Chickpeas:

Ingeniously I did all the prep for this the weekend before. I chopped up an onion, a delicata squash, a butternut squash and a sweet potato and popped it all into a freezer bag.

I popped the bag into the fridge ready. Then a couple of days later I in the morning I added the contents of the bag to the slow cooker, added some spices (I like cumin, paprika and a bit of curry powder), a crumbled vegetable stock cube, half a tin of coconut milk and a cup(ish) of water and stirred. Again, 6-8 hours on low.

When I got in from a run all I had to do was whizz it all up using a hand blender and then added a tin of chickpeas. I left it on high while I showered (20 minutes?) and then dinner was ready!

So I’m pretty chuffed with the slow cooker. It has really helped when we’re working late or I’m out running in the evening. It just means one less thing to worry about and a beautifully tasty meal! Also it means less washing up.

I’m looking forward to try out different soups, BBQ ribs (*swoon*), chilli…the possibilities are endless! Any suggestions are more than welcome too ๐Ÿ™‚

What’s your favourite slow cooker meal? So far mine is the creamy chicken. Ben was a big fan of this one too (surprise, surprise…)

What are your time-saving tips for cooking in the week?

 Do you do a lot of food preparation at the weekend? I try to but sometimes the weekends are so  busy, just getting the normal stuff done is tight!

17 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Obsessed

    • I’d definitely reccommend it. Yeah I guess my motivation to start using the slow cooker wasn’t that high during the summer when all you want to eat is nice fresh salads, not hot big stews or soups.

  1. I’ve never had a slow cooker, looks like it makes life a lot easier though. That soup sounds awesome. I do like to have a big food prep day, and cook up lots of things like grains and beans for the week, a dip and a soup.

  2. Oh golly jeepers I love our crock pots! We don’t do anything creative in them most of the time, but that’s how I cook all of my meat. I just stick a whole chicken in there, fill it up with water, set it on high, and then in 8 or so hours (usually overnight) I have chicken that I can skin/shred/do whatever I want with it, and about 1/2 gallon of chicken broth! Same for beef roasts but we usually leave those on for a good 24 hours to get really tender.

    I think the disassembled cottage pie may be my favorite out of the lot ๐Ÿ˜€ Although the creamy chicken looks excellent too!

    Do you ever read Julie on PB Fingers? I think she did a whole crock pot challenge once. Amazing recipes on there!

    My favorite crock pot recipe growing up was roast beef made with Lipton Onion Soup Mix, tons of vegetables, and then some egg noodles mixed in at the end. Delicious.

    • Oh thats a good idea about making stock at the same time! Ingenious.
      I will need to check out that blog I think – I’m always on the look out for more slow cooker recipes ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. I love putting something in the slow cooker before I go to work and then come home to delicious food that all I need to do is put it on a plate. I haven’t cracked my slow cooker out yet.

    I love the look of your creamy chicken. And I’ve never thought about cooking a roast chicken in a slow cooker.

  4. I don’t have a slow cooker but they seem like a great idea, although possibly better for meat things.
    We watch Top Chef and often they make “de constructed” dishes which basically means all the bits separated but sounding more posh!

    • The only meat things I’ve used the slow cooker for so far are chicken – and that’s probably not such a great idea as it can make it a little dry. I’ve done some soups and vegetarian meals – using mixed beans and lentils and it works very well. Don’t let the meat thing put you off!

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