Monday, 27 February 2017

The Best Slow Cooker Meals #1

We were lucky enough to get a Slow Cooker for Christmas and it has literally changed my cooking life. I love cooking and make the majority of our meals from scratch but I found I was making the same sorts of things and it was getting boring. We were both so desperate for a slow cooker to just make life a bit easier and to try some new things and now we have one, I don't know what we would do without it. We have a few favourite meals already so I wanted to tell you all about them and maybe give you some inspiration if you're feeling a bit stuck in a rut with meals.

1. Nandos Chicken 

I know this is something you can quite easily make anyway but I've been loving doing this in the slow cooker and at the end being left with beautiful spicy chicken that I've hardly had to do anything to. For this I use 2 chicken breasts and 1 pouch of nandos sauce. I get these from Asda for £1. All I have to do is put these both in the slow cooker, give it a stir and leave for desired time, usually I'll do this on high for 4 hours but you can put it on low for 8 instead. At the end I'll take the chicken out and shred it, it pulls apart so easily. I then put it back in the slow cooker just to stir up any sauces and then I serve with rice, halloumi and pitta.

2. Campfire Stew

 This is a Slimming World meal that I had seen people make over and over again and I was always so jealous, especially when it was cold! This was the first thing I decided to make in the slow cooker, it's such a warming and comforting meal. To make this, I put in the slow cooker, 1 gammon joint, 1 red onion, garlic, 1 tin of baked beans, 1 tin of chopped tomatoes and a bit of tomato puree. I left this on low for around 6 hours and then took it out and shredded it. I then put it back in, gave it a stir and served it with mashed potato. This was a proper winter meal. We had leftovers so I served them with rice the next day.

3. Chicken in Red Wine 

Another one of my new favourites and something I had been wanting to try for a long time. I used a Schwartz sachet which contained all the seasoning and all I had to do was add that, chicken breasts, 1 onion, tomato puree, 2 slices of bacon chopped up and water to the slow cooker and leave it on high for 4 hours. It can also be left on low for 8 hours. This didn't make the thickest sauce but it really didn't matter, it was so good with rice, and I had new potatoes too because I was so hungry that day and on Slimming World it's allowed! The chicken was so tender and just broke apart.

4. Sausage Casserole 

This is another one of those meals that is perfect for a cold evening. Something else I had always wanted to make but just never did. For this I used Heck chicken paprika sausages and I added those along with 1 pepper, 1 onion, 1 tin of baked beans, 1 tin of chopped tomatoes and chicken stock. I leave this on low for about 7/8 hours and it made such a thick sauce. I sieved this with new potatoes and it was so good.

5. Chicken Provenzal 

This is one I am really looking forward to making again. I used another Schwartz packet which contained loads of herbs and spices and I added that to my slow cooker with 1 pepper, 2 chicken breasts, 1 tin of chopped tomatoes and 1 tbsp of tomato puree. I left this on high for 4 hours and at the end, the chicken had all shredded which I just love so it was just like a thick, chicken and tomato soup. I served this with roast potatoes and peas.
L-R Nandos Chicken, Campfire Stew, Chicken in Red Wine, Sausage Casserole, Chicken Provenzal.
Writing this post has made me want to make all of these again right now. There are still so many things I want to make but so far these are my favourite and things that I like to cook over and over again. I hope this post has given you a bit of inspiration if you're struggling for ideas or just want to try a few new things. I'm sure all of them can be adapted too so if you don't have a slow cooker, you can still make them!

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