I love food and most of the time, I really enjoy cooking. There is something about making something from scratch that is so satisfying and well…tasty. Over the years I’ve found ways to cut down on time making the food but still enjoying the amazing taste. I thought I’d share my top 5 easy slow cooker recipe that I make all the time.
One of the main reasons I love my slow cooker so much is that the prep time is usually quick and easy but the results are jam packed with flavour. You basically throw all the ingredients into it and let it do it’s own thing, you don’t have to stand around for 45 minutes managing everything anymore! Which means more time for Netflix, win-win am I right? You can make pretty much anything in a slow cooker but I wanted to share the 5 recipes I go back to all the time because they’re easy to do, tasty and you can freeze the leftovers for lunches or meals later in the week.
Red Thai Curry (v)
If you love curry this is the easiest thing in the world to make. If you buy yourself some Red (or green) Thai curry paste and fry it up in a pan, then add a tin of coconut milk and bring to the boil. At this point you can add your veg, prawns or chicken depending on your preference and transfer it to the slow cooker. I put mine on high for a couple of hours until the meat/veg is tender and boil myself some rice and hay presto it’s done. It really is that simple to do! If you like your sauce to be a little thicker you can put it back in a pan at the end and let it thicken a little.
Chilli Con Carne (v)
I used to make chilli in a pan and stand by it for 45 minutes, long gone are those days! All you have to do is brown off some mince or Quorn mince in a frying pan with a chopped onion. At this point I transfer it to the slow cooker, add herbs, spices (or buy a packet pre-made for this reason) and a tin of chopped tomatoes. You can leave it like this for a couple of hours on the high setting, make some rice towards the end and walah! Or if you’re feeling adventurous you can chop some carrots up or add some kidney or mixed beans in to bulk it out. If you want to add some more flavour you can add some beef/vegetable stock into the mix, but make sure you cook it longer so the chilli thickens from the extra liquid.
Steak and Ale Pie.
If you’re like me, you’ll love a tasty homely pie and it’s honestly so easy to do. All you need to do is buy some stewing steak and brown it off in a pan and transfer to the slow cooker. Here you can either add a pre-made packet for steak and ale pie and add water. Or you can add your own mix of herbs and spices and a couple of cans of ale (I use Guinness) and let it simmer down till the steak falls apart and there is still plenty of juices. This is where you transfer the contents into a pie dish, top it with pre-rolled pastry and bung it in the oven till the pastry is done. Add some veggies, some extra gravy and some mash and you’ve got yourself a super homely dish!
You’re probably thinking Fajitas?! in the slow cooker?! Well trust me, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. All you need to do is chop up some chicken (or shredded veggie chicken) and throw it in the slow cooker with some fajita herbs and spices making sure they’re coated nicely. I like to fry some onion and peppers slowly for when the chicken is ready and then pull all the chicken apart when it’s done. Then wrap it up into fajitas and garnish how you like. It’s honestly a game changer. The chicken is super succulent, juicy and the spices soak in making it super flavorful with minimal effort. We haven’t looked back since making them this way!
BBQ Pulled Pork
Pulled pork is a new favourite of mine and it’s really easy to do at home too. You need to get yourself a shoulder joint as this is the best for slow cooking. This is probably best to cook on a weekend when you can slow cook is all day as a joint generally needs a lot longer to cook to perfection. All you need to do is bung it in the slow cooker as a whole joint with some BBQ sauce poured over it and leave it on high for 6 hours. When it’s falls apart really easily I pull it all apart in the slow cooker, pull off all the fat and add more BBQ sauce whilst you prepare the rest of your meal. This is great in a burger, on the side to some chips or even as a topper for a hot dog. The choice is really yours after all the time spent waiting to eat it, just try not to eat too much of it whilst you’re waiting like I do… tehe!
Well, I can’t be the only one that is now absolutely starving and wanting to stuff my face with tasty food now?? Honestly one of the best adult decisions I’ve ever made was buying a slow cooker, it’s the easiest thing to use and it saves so much time with amazing results. If you haven’t got one then I highly recommend buying one and trying out some new recipes with it! If you’ve got any recipes or want to try one of these 5 then let me know, as I’d love to hear from you!