These Slow-Cooker Recipes Make Weeknight Cooking a Cinch
By the end of the year, even the simplest tasks can start to feel like a chore. As holiday deadlines reach a fever pitch, daylight hours shorten, and the chaos of the season kicks in, once easy and even enjoyable parts of your routine, like preparing dinner, can seem like an energy drain.
If you return home from a long day at work and can't muster the strength to pour a glass of wine, let alone cook, it's time to invest in a slow cooker. This kitchen staple not only takes the effort out of creating a hearty, flavorful meal but also makes it virtually impossible to mess up. Simply add the ingredients to the cooker when you wake up, switch it on, and return to a fragrant house and a home-cooked meal. By the end of a weary day, you'll be thankful you did.
Celery Soup With Bacon
Creamy and a little bit indulgent, this heart celery soup with bacon is surprisingly straightforward to make. Simply chop the ingredients (you don't even have to peel the white potatoes) and combine with stock and seasoning in a large slow cooker. Cook on low for five to seven hours, and it's done!
Take the decadence up a notch by topping the soup with crispy fried bacon. Make a large batch and store it in the freezer so you've always got dinner on hand.
Cider Braised Short Ribs With Sage Butter Mashed Potatoes
This heavenly cider braised short ribs dish is a little more extravagant than the standard crockpot recipe. It calls for cooking short ribs in a crockpot on low for up to eight hours with a medley of mouthwatering ingredients like apple cider and thyme, for tender meat that's soaked in flavor. Perfect for entertaining, turn the stovetop on in the morning, and the dish will be ready when guests arrive.
Creamy Cashew Chicken
Tempted to get Indian takeout? This creamy crockpot concoction is a great homemade alternative. "It's the perfect weeknight meal or even weekend meal," says the creator of Half Baked Harvest. "You can add everything to the crockpot before work or school or wherever you may be, and then come home to a house that smells in-freaking-credible and a delicious dinner that is ready to eat!"
She recommends dialing up the Indian spices for an extra flavor kick and topping off the recipe with edible flowers for a Pinterest-worthy touch.
Corned Beef and Cabbage
Heidi Larson, the culinary force behind Foodie Crush, says her corned beef and cabbage recipe is "one of the simplest dinners you'll make all year." Place vegetables in a slow cooker, top with corned beef and beer, and sprinkle with fresh thyme for fall-apart chunks of beef and an incredibly easy one-pot meal.
Healthy Quinoa Chicken Curry Bowls
Slow-cooker recipes aren't all indulgent—this healthy quinoa chicken curry bowl creation by A Pinch of Yum is hearty and packed with fresh vegetables. Her instructions: "Dump everything in the slow cooker and cook on high for four hours or low for six to eight." It doesn't get much easier than that.
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