Pretty soon we’re going to be leaving the house when it’s dark and coming home when it’s dark. Cooking lavish meals when it’s so depressingly dark outside can take time and effort that some of us don’t have during this time of year. My answer to this is simple, delicious one pot meals that can sometimes be made in your slow cooker. One of my favourite things about autumn and winter is coming home to smells of homemade pulled pork that has been slow cooking all day or rich, spicy chilli that’s been on since first thing this morning. Best part about it, dinner is done, only one pot to clean and the whole family loves it!
No jokes, no kidding. This is a beautiful recipe from Five Heart Home. It tastes excellent and is quick and easy to make. Ingredients can also be adjusted to make more or less depending on your family size, which is brilliant! Perfect for coming home when the nights are turning cold and having something warm in your belly, or make a little extra and have something your work mates will envy for lunch the next day.
Looking for a replacement for fish pie? Something with a completely different taste entirely but still uses up all that seafood? The Fish Stew from GoodtoKnow is certainly the answer. The recipe is a one pot wonder meaning all this yummy goodness is made even better by only having to wash one pot at the end.
The image of this lovely beef stew from The Guardian has everyone in the office salivating and is giving more than a few of us ideas for tea tomorrow. Slow cookers are the best thing since sliced bread. The ability to make ahead tea and have the house smelling delicious when you walk in from work is incredible. Plus, it gives you loads of extra time to spend with family instead of standing over the hot oven cooking tea.
Now at the beginning of this I did mention barbecue pulled pork. What kind of heartless blog writer would I be if I didn’t include my favourite barbecue pulled pork recipe? I love this recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. Pictured above is the pulled pork sandwich way of preparing it, but I prefer it over a fresh salad with crunchy greens and coleslaw. It is amazing!
No, you aren’t seeing things. This cake was made in a slow cooker, can you believe it? Moist and amazing, this Zebra Cake from Baking Queen 74 is the perfect dessert if you’re having company over right after work. You’ll have a delicious dessert paired to serve with incredible coffee and it will still be warm! Impress them all with your slow cooking skills.
Making amazing dishes doesn’t mean you have to slave over a hot stove for hours on end. Of course, sometimes we must. But! If you have a slow cooker your time in the kitchen will be quickly diminished but the quality of meals won’t be. You’ll have lovely hot meals ready and waiting for your family as soon as you walk in the door. What could be better for a cold English winter?
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