18 simple things to make in a slow cookerMeals for every occasion, and some just for fun too By Anthony van Poppelen
Slow Cooker/Crock PotOne of these will run youanywhere from $20 to$50. It doesn’t matterwhich model or makeyou get, just be sure toget one large enough forhowever many peopleyou typically feed. Mineis a 5 quart withlow, high and warmsettings. Every universitystudent should have atleast one of these.
These are my favourite. Just chop some potatoes, add some seasonings and let them sit on high for 4 hours. Super simple and they go with anything, not to mention they are cheap.Potato Wedges
Roast BeefThis one is a classic. Ittakes a while to cookbut it tastes great. Justthrow your beef andvegetables in thecooker and let it cookon low for 6 to 8hours. If you wantsomething differentyou can add a can ofcoke and a can of chilisauce. Sounds weirdbut it’s so juicy.
This is similar to the roast beef, but use cubes of meat and beef broth. Add paprika, mustard, black pepper and garlic so the beef taste doesn’t overwhelm everything. This gets cooked on low for 8 hours so again preparing in advance is key.Beef Stew
Turkey Brisket I like thanksgiving, but I really don’t like the horribly dry and tasteless turkey my relatives cook. Just put the turkey, some garlic and paprika. 3 hours on high usually does cooks this one.
Scalloped PotatoesScalloped potatoes arealways such a pain tomake, but with a slowcooker you can just addthe ingredients andforget about them.Potatoes, a can ofcream of mushroomsoup, water andcheese are all that’sneeded. 3 hours onhigh and then an houron low to make itcrispy.
For those that don’t like meat there’s plenty of vegetarian options like this one, that I will actually eat. Peppers, green beans, cram of mushroom soup, spices and almonds if you feel like them. Most important to this recipe is a half teaspoon of salt, the difference is night and day without it. 3 hours on low and it’s ready to eat.Green Bean Casserole
Chorizo Chili You can’t own a slow cooker and not make chili. This one calls for ground beef, raw chorizo sausages, a can of chili beans and a can of diced tomatoes. Depending on the sausages you get it can be quite spicy. Cook on low for 7 hours, just remember to skim the fat before you eat it.
Yes, you can cook dessert with a slow cooker. This isn’t my preferred way of making cake but it works quite well. Add milk and cake mix, plus anything else you want in there, crushed mints are good. Cook for an hour and a half on high and then eat it all to yourself.Chocolate Pudding Cake
Cherry DelightIn keeping with the dessert theme, this is an amazing recipeI recently discovered. A can of cherry pie filling, a bag of cakemix, butter and walnuts. This gets cooked for an hour and ahalf on high. Definitely serve this with whipped cream.
Cherry Rice PuddingThis is actually the onlyrice pudding I’ll eat. I’mnot normally a fan ofit, but cherries makeeverything taste good.It’s your standard ricepudding recipe, soeggs, rice, milk andsugar but add driedcherries and somenutmeg. This getscooked for 5 hours onlow.
Apple CrumbleThis one’s a little bitmore difficult but wellworth it. The difficultylies in not overcookingthe apples. Just yourstandard applecrumble recipe, but ina slow cooker for 2hours on high. Don’tforget the allspice andcinnamon though.
Chicken Cordon Bleu This is another difficult dish to make. I won’t go into specific details, but you essentially make your chicken cordon bleu, brown it in a pan, put in in the slow cooker for 2 hours on low, then add oil, wine and broth. Once cooked, coat with cornstarch and put it in the browning pan. It’s a bit more prep work but it’s so good.
One of the better soups I’ve comeacross is this one. Again, this has alittle more prep work involvedthan other recipes. Make sausagemeatballs out of the Italiansausages and add them to chickenbroth, tomatopaste, spinach, parmesan andgarlic. Cook on low for 5 hours.Add pasta half an hour before it’sdone if you want pasta in it. Italian Sausage Soup
Mushroom Barley StewAnother sort of coup, thisone takes a while to cookbut doesn’t have much inthe way of prep. Olive oil,onions, carrots, barley,wild mushrooms,vegetable broth andsome black pepper, thencook on low for 6 to 7hours. If you want it moresoupy then add a bitmore broth.
This is a good snack you can make in very little time. Just add any combination of pretzels, nuts, cereal squares and crackers and then add parmesan cheese, butter, dry ranch salad dressing and some garlic powder. This gets cooked on low for 2 hours, be sure to cover everything with the liquids though.Parmesan Ranch Snack Mix
Chicken TeriyakiThis is another quickand easy recipe. Throwbonelesschicken, pineapplejuice, soysauce, sugar, rice andtomatoes, as well asspices such as garlicand ginger into theslow cooker and cookon low for 2 hours.You’ll find yourselfmaking this at leastonce a week.
If you’re a ribs fan you’ll like these. Making them isn’t too messy either, an added plus. A can of beef consomme, some water, soy sauce, honey, maple syrup, barbeque sauce and some pork baby back ribs. Let it all cook for 6 to 8 hours on low. The meat will just fall off the bone.Honey Ribs
Macaroni and CheeseWhy make this when you can just make a box of KD? Because this tastes muchbetter, and you know exactly what’s in it. Add macaroni, a ton of cheese, some milkand some salt and pepper and let it cook on low for 2 to 3 hours, stirring every halfhour or so. Add ham chunks if your diet is lacking protein, or even if the mood juststrikes you.