The Slow Cooker :: A Mother’s Best Friend

Before I start in on my Ode to the Slow Cooker, I will check in with you all and let you know that I am, in fact, still running. NOT as often as I would like, but I am doing it nonetheless. It is still hard, but getting a touch easier every time. And I *think* I am going a little faster, but to be honest I don’t really care too much about speed, considering when I run I am pushing what feels like 75 pounds of baby and stroller.

On to my latest best friend : The Slow Cooker.

I have an older slow cooker. Crock Pot brand. Given to me by a friend when hers was upgraded. It is revolutionizing dinner in our house, especially now that it’s hot and River is a wild 11 month old man.

I honestly can’t remember the last time we picked up Jorge’s instead of making dinner at home. But now that I mention it, I could really go for a crispy beef taco and soup.

My favorite thing about the slow cooker is that you do all the prep work HOURS before you eat. Which means that even when you are slaving away over dinner, you don’t have hungry people or a grumbly belly staring at you, waiting to be fed. Victory!

I tend to gravitate toward slow cooker recipes that still require a little legwork, but not too much. I find things end up tasting a lot better when you do more prep/sauteeing before putting it all into the giant pot.

Here are a few recipes I have made recently and been very pleased with. As I type, I have some salisbury-steak meatballs cooking in there, but I haven’t tasted them yet so I will have to wait to tell you if they are good. 🙂 Let me know if you have others I should try!

Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili

Copycat Chipotle Barbacoa

Moroccan Chickpea and Turkey Stew

Kristin

Proverbs 31:15 “She gets up while it is still night, she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.”