Despite being at home quite a lot whilst on maternity leave, it can be a bit of a pain spending ages in kitchen cooking when you have a 3 month old baby who wants your attention. There’s only so many times you can sing along badly to Come on Eileen to amuse him…
I’ve had a slow cooker for a while but not really used it much, until we moved house and I rediscovered it. The best thing about a slow cooker is that you can do the prep work ahead of time and then just sling it all in and, at the end of the day, there’s a yummy meal all ready to be eaten.
Slow cookers can also help if you are trying to be healthy. If you’ve had a bad day, whether it’s been at work or because your baby hasn’t let you put him down for more than 2 minutes at a time because he’s teething, the last thing you feel like doing is preparing a nutritious meal from scratch, it’s so much more tempting to reach for the takeawahmenu or bung a frozen pizza in the oven but if you’ve already cooked something, which smells quite frankly delicious, you won’t be tempted by the junk.
Since reading The Goddess Revolution I’ve really taken notice of how certain foods make me feel, so although I’m not on a ‘diet’ or restricting myself from foods, I know I feel better when eating meals rich in vegetables and fresh ingredients.
So far in my slow cooker I’ve made beef and chicken stews, a lamb hotpot and beef stroganoff but the possibilities are endless. You can cook most things in a slow cooker including things you wouldn’t necessary expect like chilli, curries and bolognese. This week’s favourite was a sausage casserole, which tasted amazing.
Do you use a slow cooker? What’s your favourite slow cooker meal?