With Autumn not far off in the distance, you'll no doubt be looking for warm and satisfying comfort foods. If you love the taste burgundy beef and vegetable stew convenience of the "set it and forget it" style of cooking, then you have got to love what you can do with a slow cooker. There are very few things you can cook in this handy cookware that won't come out delicious. Over the years favorite recipes that are "goof proof" have been established. Here are my top five most requested slower cooker recipes.
Grains are the first food section. It is recommended that the average person eat about six ounces of grains each day, and at least half of those should be whole grains. Usually people have no trouble meeting their grain requirements for a healthy diet, but they don't eat enough whole grains. To help consume more whole grains, try having your sandwich on whole-grain bread at lunch, or add barley to your slow cooker beef vegetable soup allrecipes.
Most Boston area markets are offering a variety of beef cuts this week (12/ 24-12/30/2010), many of which would work nicely in this beef stew. Try a local Hannaford market offer for boneless strip steak at $5.99/lb.
Adjust recipes: You need to develop a new mindset, so to speak, regarding slow cooking. You can't just take recipes for stove top and/or oven dishes and apply them to the slow cooker. You need to make adjustments.
We nosed into the channel with nothing but blue water ahead. The engine sputtered a bit until I found the throttle position it was most comfortable with. The air was crisp and a slight breeze was picking up, uncharacteristic for San Diego that early in the morning.
One last thing to remember if you're going to slow cooker beef and vegetable stew put food into your refrigerator right after preparing it let it cool a bit. Otherwise, the food will be warm when you put it in your refrigerator, giving bacteria an opportunity to grow.
Black bean soup can (19oz), rinsed and drained garbanzo beans can and kidney beans can (both 15 oz), baked beans can (16oz), can of tomato puree (141/2 oz), a can of drained whole kernel corn (15oz), one onion, one green bell pepper, 2 garlic cloves, 2 celery stalks all these should be chopped, one tablespoon each of dried parsley, basil, and oregano, and chilli powder.
With so many easy slow cooker recipes out there your slow cooker will turn out to be ones most popular kitchen gadget. You've got no more lame excuses for not finding the time to prepare those fabulous foods you've always wanted but never had the time to fix. Have fun being imaginative and experience your slow cooker for a long time.