My favourite cooking appliance has to be my slow cooker! I used to work a few hours from home and this gadget literally changed my life, having dinner waiting when I got home saved me so much time and deterred snacking or ordering take-always when I was too tired.
UPDATE: The one I use now is the Morphy Richards digital slow cooker, which gives you more control with timers, modes and a warm function – Link
The old one was a Breville – Link
I’ve had a few questions about my tried and tested slow cooker recipes, so thought I would compile them, I know I’m always looking for new recipes to try so hope some of you find this helpful!
This won’t be a very picture heavy post, but I will add some photos and recipes to this over time if you would like to bookmark this post! It’s also worth mentioning that slow cooker meals may not always be the most visually enticing but the taste always makes up for it!
Disclaimer: the majority of these recipes are not my own and will be links to the original source!
One of the best things about slow cookers is that you just “chuck” all of the ingredients into the bowl and turn it on!
The other great thing is that you can turn a standard oven recipe into a slow cooker recipe! My standard conversion is 1 hour of oven cooking is the same as 4-6 hours on low in a slow cooker.
Another tip that I’ve found invaluable with my slow cooker has been a wifi plug! You connect it to an app on your phone and can turn it on and off when you’re out, as well as a timer function for turning it on by itself (this has been brilliant when having family over for an early lunch and the slow cooker needed to turn on at 4am, it turned itself on and I didn’t have to wake up at stupid o’clock to do it!)
Wifi Plug – Link
Firstly, I have a few slow cooker books that are great when you’re stuck for ideas on what to cook next! The Lakeland books I find are more “complicated” recipes, they taste great but use more ingredients than most slow cooker recipes! The one in the middle on the other hand is full of more basic everyday recipes, definitely my favourite of the three!
1000 Slow Cooker Recipes Book – Link
Lakeland Slow Cooking Book – Link
Lakeland More Slow Cooking Book – Link
The below recipes are ones that I have tried and enjoyed, I won’t share anything that I don’t like 🙂
One of my favourites and the one that is currently in my slow cooker for Sunday dinner is Lamb Roast! (This also works by replacing lamb with a beef or pork joint!)
- Lamb joint
- 2 x Red onions (quartered)
- 2 x Garlic cloves (diced)
- Half a bottle of white wine (I use a basic Chardonnay from Aldi!)
- Honey (few spoonfuls)
- Schwartz Lamb seasoning (optional)
Chuck it all in, honey on top of the joint and herbs on top and cook on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 4-6 hours.
Lamb Souvlaki (Link) – this one I use the exact same ingredients but just put in the slow cooker on LOW for 8 hours and the lamb comes out falling apart! I also chuck some halloumi in for the last few hours. Then add it on top of a wrap with lettuce, red onion and a dollop of garlic mayo!
Beef and Broccoli (Link) – we love this one! It’s really simple and tastes great. I buy frozen broccoli from Asda and defrost a bowl at a time for this recipe! Serve with rice.
Beef Stroganoff (Link) – this one may not look very pretty in the pot but tastes yummy! Serve with rice.
Lamb Dopiaza (Link) – this one is another “normal” recipe that I use exactly the same ingredients but chuck in the slow cooker instead – on LOW for 8 hours and you’ll have a tender lamb curry! Serve with pilau rice.
Enchiladas (Link) – a classic Mexican dish done in the slow cooker! I’ve converted many colleagues to slow cooking and this one is always the one that surprises them can be achieved in a slow cooker!
Bacon Mac and Cheese (Link) – quick and easy comfort food!
Beef Bourguignon (Link) – another classic meal. Serve with rice or mash.
Lamb Tagine (Link) – love a good lamb tagine, again the lamb comes out falling apart and soaks in all the flavour! Serve with couscous.
Chilli Con Carne (Link) – yet another classic! Serve with rice.
Doner Kebab (Link) – this one surprisingly comes out tasting very similar to an actual doner, add to pitta bread with lettuce and garlic sauce! (I also reduce the amount of chilli as I don’t like spicy food!)
Teriyaki Chicken Wings (Link) – this can be done with chicken breasts or thighs too!
Thai Chicken (Link) – a lovely dish, not quite thai restaurant taste but nice nonetheless. Serve with rice.
Lasagne (Link) – another hearty classic done in the slow cooker!
Honey Teriyaki Chicken (Link) – this one reminds me of takeaway chinese! Serve with rice.
Stuffed Meatballs (Link) – love this one! Sometimes I cheat by buying meatballs from asda (the uncooked one near the mince) and stuffing them, then putting into the slow cooker as directed! Serve with spaghetti or penne.
Fajita’s (Link) – I know fajita’s are an easy dish anyway but I find this version much better when using diced beef/beef strips as the meat ends up much more tender and less chewy!
Beef Massaman (Link) – another “normal” recipe that I put in the slow cooker on LOW for 8 hours. A great version of a thai restaurant classic!
Another place we like to look for slow cooker ideas is an app called my taste:
Sausage Hot Pot
Chicken and Veg
If you’re slow cooking for special occasions, see here for more recipes – Link!
Happy slow cooking!
Mrs Rackley xx