Tuesday, 7 January 2014
Slow cooker = life changer
Like many before me, I feel about my slow cooker as religious devotees feel about their new-found evangelism.
I honestly don't know what I did without it.
Well actually I do. I used to cook once or twice a week, good, home-cooked meals, sometimes roasting/baking vegetables in the oven. I'd do enough for leftovers, which would do another meal or two in the week. Some evenings my husband would cook us potatoes or pasta, and once a week we'd get a take-away or eat out.
Those days are over, finito, DED.
Nowadays my oven is empty, cold, unused. We eat fully home-cooked meals made from scratch, unless you count the odd jar of passata. I cook one large meal in the slow cooker every two days. I boil frozen peas/corn or green beans to go with the slow-cooked meal. We fry the odd egg, or make pancakes, grate some cheese, and that's it. Actually I lie. Once a week or so we eat processed foods, a frozen pizza, or eat crisps etc, and sweets are still a daily treat, but we're working on that.
In the following series I'm going to share my recipes and tips on how to slow-cook your way to an easier, healthier future. (Fully aware I'm sounding like an infomercial here).
No longer do I wonder what's for dinner at 5pm and try to muster up the energy to get something healthy onto the table (I mean, our laps on the sofa)
Actually we've begun to eat around the table again for the first time in a couple of years, because the meals are more of an occasion now, and it's been a brilliant simple change. Maybe I can do all this now because my 2.5 year old is ever-so-slightly more independent and I have a bit more time to prepare, whatever. It's good, and I'm going to share it.
If you don't have a slow-cooker, put it on your list of kitchen essentials, like the blender and the grater. Tesco were doing the one I bought for only 12.99 recently, whereas mine cost me 29.99. I still think it's worth its weight in gold. Think of it as two takeaways, or one meal out.
If you don't have a slow cooker, you can still use all my tips and recipes and save a bit of time, and make the dishes in a casserole dish in the oven. But I guarantee you won't regret the slow-cooker purchase. And I don't even own a food processor, never have. But I see this as absolutely essential now, and wish I'd jumped on this bandwagon sooner.
Virtue extolling over, see you tomorrow for part two.