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If you find yourself short on cooking time after a busy day, fix supper in the morning. Assemble a meal in minutes in your slow cooker before you leave the house and come home to find a hot meal waiting for you. When you use a device that's safe to leave unattended while you're off at work or picking up the kids, slow-cooker cooking is an effective way to multitask.
Unlike stove top or oven cooking, you can walk away from a slow cooker, such as a Crock-Pot, for hours without worrying about your food burning or being ruined, making it ideal for busy moms. One way to make a slow cooker even more useful is to cook a convenience food in it, like a package of boxed julienned potatoes. Using a slow-cooker approach means you'll have hot, tasty food the moment you and the kids get home without turning on the oven.
Versatile pork chops are easy on the budget and easy to cook. You can prepare pork chops by pan frying, broiling, baking or grilling, but for simple cooking with a minimum of clean-up, try pork chops in the slow cooker. Put all the ingredients into the crock pot and let them simmer gently all day. Your slow cooker is an energy saving appliance that can help you cut food preparation time and still serve your family nutritious, home-cooked meals.
If you’ve only ever wondered why people rave about slow-cookers, you’re missing out on a big time money-saver. The self-contained cooking unit uses low heat to slowly cook a meal without supervision. Fill it with ingredients in the morning, and a hot dinner is waiting when you come home from work or school in the evening.
Although it might be tempting to place frozen foods in a slow cooker for simple meal preparation, most slow cooker manufacturers advise against this practice because the frozen foods will not warm fast enough to avoid bacteria from developing. Instead, turn the process around and make slow cooker dinners that you then freeze for future meals.
A slow cooker, is a wonderful machine for cooking your dinner while you are at work during the day. Slow cooking lends itself to foods like squash that come out tender and juicy. Couple the squash with flavorful seasonings or meats, and the flavors of the other ingredients permeate the squash during the long cooking period. In addition to a stew or a casserole, a slow cooker squash meal can also be a sweet dish.
A table filled with tempting and tasty appetizers can draw kids to the food for an enjoyable feast. Simplify your preparation and serving by making appetizers in the slow cooker. Because you can set the slow cooker to keep the foods warm, your appetizers will stay just the perfect serving temperature. Incorporate a few slow cooker appetizers into your next spread and watch the kids come running.
Whether you use a Crock-Pot brand slow-cooker or a cooker from another manufacturer, the countertop appliance is a mom's best friend on busy days. Simply fill the pot with a favorite chicken recipe in the morning and let it cook at a low heat until lunch or dinnertime. Most slow-cookers operate between 170 to 280 degrees Fahrenheit, making lean cuts of chicken shrink less and become very tender.
One might think that the pairing of dry kidney beans -- an economical protein source -- and a slow cooker -- an essential time saver for busy moms -- would be a match made in heaven. The truth is not quite so simple. Red kidney beans contain a toxin, phytohaemagglutinin, that causes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if the beans are not completely cooked at a high enough temperature. While you can put your slow cooker to good use with kidney bean recipes, you must handle the dry beans properly before putting them in the slow cooker.
Your slow cooker saves you tons of time by gently cooking your meals over the course of a few hours while you get other stuff done. But to get the most out of your slow cooker, you need to know what to put into it to get delicious meals. Chicken cooks well in a slow cooker, and there are plenty of recipe variations that let you add variety to your family dinners without adding too many complicated steps before the ingredients go into the cooker.
A slow cooker can be a harried mom's lifesaver, busily simmering or cooking dinner while life goes on in other directions. Get the kids involved in making dinner -- for instance, guiding them through rinsing and tearing the lettuce and choosing the creamy dressing for the salad -- while the slow cooker takes care of the rest. Chicken breasts can become tough and dry during some methods of cooking, but a slow cooker can turn out tender and succulent chicken breasts because of the low heat and moist cooking atmosphere.
Making a fine meal for your family and friends doesn't mean you have to slave away in the kitchen all day while everyone else has fun. Skip the stereotype of the busy mom who doesn't have time to join the family and create a three course meal, plus a hot beverage, in a series of slow cookers. Spend an hour or so putting the dishes together first thing in the morning and you'll be free to enjoy the movie or game with everyone else while your elaborate meal cooks.
Most people associate cooking with a slow cooker with making dinner. Toss in some meat, veggies and seasonings in the morning, and you can come home to a hot, home-cooked meal ready to eat. What you may not realize, though, is that the versatile slow cooker is ideal for making a hearty breakfast as well. Prepare the ingredients the night before, set the cooker on low and in the morning you can have a filling and healthy breakfast even when you're in a rush.
Even if you aren't a soup aficionado, condensed soups can be a lifeline in the kitchen. Although they're ideal to have on hand for those under-the-weather days and nights when soup is the only thing that satisfies, they are also perfect add-ins for some of your favorite recipes. Because your slow cooker cooks on the "slow and low" method, simmered soups impart flavors into the main star of the meal all day long while you conduct the more important necessities of life.
A slow-cooker makes dinner prep easier for moms with busy families. Start the ingredients in the cooker before you leave the house in the morning and your meal is ready when it's time for dinner. If your family operates on different schedules with work and after-school activities, the slow-cooker will keep the meal warm until each person is ready to dish up his own dinner. Convert many of your favorite recipes to work in the slow-cooker with a few simple calculations. Figure on four to six hours of cooking time on low in the slow-cooker for every 30 minutes of baking time in a conventional oven, advises Susan Mills-Gray, a University of Missouri Extension nutrition and health specialist.
Your slow cooker is a great convenience on busy evenings, because you can get dinner started in the morning and have a piping hot meal ready once everyone is ready to gather at the table. Although a slow cooker keeps food hot due to insulation even after the power is turned off, it is not safe to leave cooked food sitting in it for an extended period of time.
Cooking a whole chicken at home provides the basis for a number of healthy, calorie-controlled meals for your family. When you're at work all day or don't want to heat the house to use the oven, your slow cooker can be your best friend. Slow-cooked roasted chicken is tender and flavorful, making it perfect to eat on its own or use in recipes.
Slow cookers are tailor-made for working moms who need dinner ready quickly for hungry children. A typical slow cooker operates between 200 degrees Fahrenheit on the low setting and 300 F on high, using the hours you are at work to slow-cook your meal. The relatively inexpensive countertop appliance gives you a good return on your money and your time. You really can come home at the end of a long day to find dinner waiting for you and your family. All you need is the slow cooker and a few minutes of prep time.
Cooking with a Crock-Pot is a great way to save time and energy, since you can just add the ingredients to the pot, turn it on and let it cook for hours without any fuss. You may miss some of your favorite recipes, however, if they were designed for the oven and not the slow cooker. Thankfully, you can convert oven recipes to Crock-Pot recipes by adjusting a few ingredients and the cooking time.
Sausage ranges from smoky to spicy, so you'll have no problem finding a flavor that satisfies your family's tastes. Transform your favorite sausage into a simple and satisfying meal with the help of a slow-cooker. Place all of the ingredients into the appliance and go about your day as your dinner is cooked.
Crock-Pot cooking provides a way to save time in your busy day and still serve a hot, nutritious dinner. It can also help you save money: Slow cookers cook food for many hours over low heat, a cooking method that tenderizes tough, cheap cuts of meat. With some practice and creativity, you can make all kinds of delicious Crock-Pot meals.
After a long day working at the office or wrangling kids, it's nice to come home to a homecooked meal that you don't have to spend hours preparing. A slow-cooker can be a home cook's secret weapon when beef is on the menu. Cooking with the "slow and low" method imparts juiciness and layers of flavor into many cuts of beef, such as steak, roast, stew meat and even ribs. A slow-cooker's advantage over the stove, oven and grill is that you can toss in the meat, vegetables and broth in the morning before you leave for work, then come home to a house filled with mouthwatering aromas and a pot filled with a delicious dinner at the ready.
Add your ingredients to the slow cooker, turn it on and it cooks the meal for you while you work, run errands, or do housework. Left on low, the slow cooker slowly cooks your meal all day. This time-saving appliance allows your family to come home to the delectable aroma of fresh-cooked dinner, ready to be served and enjoyed.
A grain cultivated in high-altitude areas, quinoa packs a nutritious punch. It's a good source of protein, dietary fiber, iron, thiamine, riboflavin and numerous other vitamins and minerals. According to researchers at Purdue University, the Incan armies would march for days, fueled only by "war balls" -- a combination of quinoa and fat. Cooking quinoa in a slow-cooker along with meats, vegetables, fruits and legumes allows you to provide your family with nutritious meals, with very little effort.
Most yams that you find in the supermarket are actually sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes have an orange flesh, while yams typically have a white interior like a regular potato. Regardless of whether the vegetable you purchased is a true yam or a sweet potato, you can use them interchangeably in any recipe. Traditionally, sweet potatoes are baked or used in sweet potato casseroles. These versatile vegetables, however, make wonderful additions to slow-cooker meals.
Slow cooker preparation isn't recommended for whole turkeys, because it takes too much time for the center of the meat to reach a safe temperature. However, a turkey breast is moist and flavorful when roasted in a slow cooker, and as an added benefit, you aren't required to spend the entire day in the kitchen. Spend the day at work or having family fun, and return home to a fully-cooked turkey. Take a shortcut to enhanced flavor by using salad dressing and seasoning mix in the slow cooker with the turkey. Always follow safe cooking methods and temperature guidelines to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.
Barbecue means different things in different parts of the country, but for Southerners, the gold standard in barbecue is pulled pork. The arguments over how it should be prepared, sauced and served can -- and do -- last several lifetimes, but the pork itself is uniformly tender and richly flavored. For those who want the flavor without the fuss, a slow-cooker makes excellent pulled pork easy.
A slow-cooker is an essential appliance for harried cooks and laid-back gourmets alike. Place ingredients in the ceramic bowl, pop on the lid, plug it in and leave it to cook for hours on low heat while you tackle your daily to-do list. Cooking with a slow-cooker not only makes meal preparation a hands-off endeavor -- a real boon for any busy mom -- it allows you to experiment with different types of cuisine. The long cooking time develops rich flavors in foods with minimal effort.
Using a slow cooker to cook a hot and healthy meal can simplify your dinner routine immensely. By taking a few minutes for dinner preparation early in the day, you can eliminate last-minute scrambling when the kids are hungry and you feel frazzled. Slow cooker meals can be ideal for kids, especially when they prefer simple fare for the evening meal. If time permits, toss a crispy green salad with creamy dressing, or just enjoy your easy one-pot meal.
Your slow cooker can simplify dinner, letting you prep it in the morning, then go about your day. For many dishes, the slow cooker is a carefree cooking option, but quick cooking foods like noodles pose more challenges. Make worry-free noodle dishes from chicken noodle soup to macaroni and cheese by following simple slow cooker guidelines.
Slow cookers can save you lots of time in the kitchen. If you prepare your ingredients ahead of time, it's even easier. Simply tip your packet of ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning, then come home from your busy day to a hot meal that makes your house smell great. A bowl of light salad greens with creamy dressing complements comfort food from your slow cooker.
After a long day at work or school, there's nothing better than coming home to the aroma of a home-cooked meal. With a slow-cooker you can toss some meat, vegetables, seasonings and liquid into the pot before you leave in the morning, and come home eight hours later to a ready-to-eat meal. A crock does more than just roasts and stews -- it's a versatile tool that saves you both time and money in the kitchen.
Kids love pork loin's mild flavor and tender texture, and this versatile cut of meat pairs well with traditional herbs and spices, as well as Mexican and Asian flavors. Pork loin comes from the inner portion of the rib section of a pig and is the tenderest, and often leanest, pork option. Because pork loin is boneless and has almost no fat, this inexpensive cut of meat has little waste. Look for large, fresh pork loins but avoid those injected with additives or seasonings.
Combine the culinary versatility of ground beef with the simplicity of cooking with a slow cooker, and you have a recipe for a delicious, easy-to-make meal. The benefit of preparing ground beef-based meals with a slow cooker is that you can add all of your ingredients to the pot in the morning and have a culinary delight ready for you and the family at dinnertime.