A slow cooker is godsend to any busy family’s food preparation plans. You can cook an entire meal while you doing other things during the day. This is perfect for when you have to work or chores to do, but you have desire for a nice home-cooked meal. When it comes to home-cooked meals, nothing is better than a big plate of comfort food and a slow cooker is a perfect tool to prepare it with little effort and less clean up.
Here are some of the top comfort foods you can cook in your slow cooker.
Slow Cooker Comfort Foods
Pot Roast. Everyone loves a delicious pot roast, but not everyone loves the hassle involved with preparing one. Don’t worry, you don’t need to turn on a hot stove and make your kitchen a sauna by having the oven on all day. You can easily let the roast cook in the slow cooker. By the time dinner rolls around, your roast is will be tender and practically falling apart. For best results, use a chuck roast and add in some potatoes, carrots, beef or vegetable stock, water, seasonings, garlic powder, and onion powder. Let it cook all day on low or for a few hours on high.
Chili. Chili is a hearty meal that make you feel warm and toasty when the weather turns cold. Try a vegetarian chili by substituting extra beans for meat, or go lean with some turkey. Of course their is the standard ground beef chili which is cooked with vegetable bouillon, water, tomato sauce, and diced tomatoes. Add in some chili beans and pinto beans, along with chili powder, onion, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper. For a spicier chili, add in cayenne and diced chili peppers. Chili is one of those dishes that is foolproof! You can find your favorite flavors by sampling and trying different seasonings.
Beef and Gravy. This is a perfect dish to serve over a mound of fresh, homemade mashed potatoes. Beef tips and gravy require cubed beef — usually stew meat— with sour cream, cream of mushroom soup, and beef broth. If you like mushrooms, make sure to add in sliced mushrooms or canned mushrooms, along with a packet of dry onion soup mix along with any other seasonings you like. Cook on low for about 6 to 7 hours and serve.
Broccoli and Cheese Soup. I didn’t realize just how easy this was to make, but it’s so much better in the slow cooker then enjoying it at a restaurant! All you need to do is place two package of frozen chopped broccoli, a can of cream of celery soup, a can of cream of mushroom soup, a cup of shredded cheese, and two cans of milk in a slow cooker. Cook it low and slow for about three to four hours before enjoying!
Beef Stroganoff. Similar to the previous beef and gravy meal, this is another beef recipe made with stew meat. Just add cream of mushroom soup, cream cheese, milk, garlic, salt and pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. After the meat has cooked about halfway through, add egg noodles and vegetables like peas and carrots.
These are just a few ideas to get you started on making easy and delicious meals in your slow cooker that you and your family can enjoy and not have to worry about complicated preparations and clean ups. Dinner is served!