4 SURPRISING MEALS TO MAKE IN YOUR SLOW COOKER

Take it slow.

Winter is the time for comfort food. Think warm, melted butter on thick, freshly baked bread, hearty soups that warm the soul, home-style sides like roast potatoes or family favourites like big bowls of pasta. Comfort foods are especially popular during the colder months and prove happiness absolutely can be found on a plate.

So, now’s the ideal time to bring out the slow cooker and experiment with the sheer convenience that this appliance has to offer. The truth is; nobody wants to stand by the stovetop for hours, and what’s better than getting home from work to find a hot meal waiting for you?

If you’re thinking slow cookers are only for sloppy stews, you wouldn’t be alone. But believe it or not, your humble slow cooker has a myriad of cooking uses that go beyond the boring old stew. Think outside the box with these ideas and you’ll never look at the old slow cooker the same again!

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Veggie Soup
Think about all the random veggies you have in your fridge drawer, chop them up, add some spices and water and leave them to work their magic in the slow cooker. At the end of the day you’ll have a healthy and delicious soup you can enjoy as is, or blitz with a blender for smooth indulgence. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream (or yogurt, if you’re watching the waistline) and give yourself a little pat on the back.

No-Knead Bread
There are a tonne of complicated bread recipes out there, but who has the time (and patience) to wait for bread to prove? Simply find a ‘no-knead’ bread recipe, grease your slow cooker and use it as a handy Dutch oven for a yummy loaf of home-made bread. Be your own Nigella and mix things up with diced olives, grains, and herbs and in no time you’ll be wondering why you surrendered to the oblong loaf for so long!

Meatloaf
Yep, that old recipe nanna used to make can now be made in your slow cooker! Think of your slow cooker as the meatloaf mold and just combine all the ingredients together to create a yummy and super-simple meal for the whole family.

Sticky Ribs
Make your oven-roasted ribs extra tender by cooking them in your slow cooker. All you need to remember is to add extra moisture. So, marinate your ribs as you normally would, but add extra sauce, stock or even just water to keep them tenderising as they cook. When you sit down to eat you’ll wonder why you never thought of this earlier!


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