When I leave for work in the morning it’s dark; when I leave work to go home it’s dark. It’s the time of year when all of a sudden we’re very tired for no good reason other than it’s always dark. When I do get home from work, cooking dinner seems like a chore rather than something I enjoy. Enter the slow cooker, my best friend during the winter months. I’m a morning person so dropping ingredients into my slow cooker and setting it to low is easy and just part of my routine. Not to mention I absolutely love not having to slave over the stove when I get home from work.
There are more recipes for slow cookers than the odd chilli, chicken soup and stew. There is everything from breakfast casseroles to desserts that you can make all in this one convenient home appliance.
Talk about stepping up your breakfast game. This creamy banana french toast in the slow cooker from Diethood is the breakfast of champions. I happen to love french toast, but do I like everyone eating before me and mine getting cold? Not so much. With this recipe everyone is eating at the same time, enjoying the lovely flavour of this hearty breakfast.
Typically everyone will have the ingredients for this recipe to hand on any day of the week. If you don’t pick up a french stick at the supermarket, feel free to use homemade bread, store bought loaf or even something like cinnamon raisin bread. If you fancy blueberries, peaches or strawberries, go for it! The options are endless.
Doesn’t this just look delicious. Perfect for breakfast or binner – see what I did there – this make ahead casserole is perfect with a side of fresh baked bread or croissants. The recipe from Creole Contessa is superb and can easily be eaten for any meal throughout the day. It also reheats really well if you fancy taking it into work for a nice brunch.
The recipe is in Imperial units so simply convert to metric and off you go. Throw everything in the slow cooker, set a timer and walk away and voila food is ready.
I’m not sure I know anyone that doesn’t love Hunter’s BBQ Chicken. It’s definitely one of my favourite comfort foods during the winter or even the summer. What’s great about this recipe from LMLD is that you still get all the flavours you love from a summer hunters chicken, direct from your slow cooker. There’s only minimal prep involved in it, including precooking your bacon. Let it cook whilst you relax then enjoy the easy cleanup from a slow cooker meal.
My favourite dish to order from my local Chinese is orange chicken. Nothing is better than having a fakeaway at home that is MUCH healthier than ordering a takeaway. This crispy orange chicken recipe from Crockpot Gourmet quickly became one of my favourite midweek meals to come home to. Sometimes I just don’t feel like cooking but I also don’t feel like gaining five pounds either. This was the perfect answer for nights like that.
Whilst the recipe does require a bit more prep than you normally would have with a slow cooker meal it is definitely worth it. If you aren’t interested in the chicken being crispy, skip this step and go straight to the slow cooker. There’s nothing stopping you from trying your own version of this fabulous recipe.
I have to admit I was never a big fan of bread pudding, at least not until I found this recipe from Betty Crocker. Using a French stick and white chocolate, it is incredibly easy to make. It isn’t something you would make before work and leave it cooking all day long, but it is something you could put in before tea and have it waiting for when you are ready for dessert. A perfect warm dessert for winter nights, try it tonight.