Mr G bought me a Slow Cooker a few months ago and it had been sitting unopened in the corner of the pantry for far too long! So I set myself the challenge of using my Slow Cooker every day for 7 consecutive days in an attempt to embrace this new style of cooking.
I found a great blog by Hello Little House and chose 7 recipes for my week of slow cooking.
Day 1 – Beef Casserole
I kicked off on Monday with a Slow Cooker Beef Casserole which we had with some mashed potato. I really enjoyed this and it is a great winter warmer. I used blade steak and it was lovely and tender, but next time I would add even more vegetables at the request of Mr G!
Day 2 – Parmesan Garlic Chicken
On Tuesday I made Slow Cooker Parmesan Garlic Chicken. I had marinated the chicken overnight and just popped it in the Slow Cooker in the morning. I shredded the cooked chicken and stirred it through some cous cous, and we had some steamed broccoli on the side.
Although I really liked the flavour of the chicken, it was a little dry and next time I would serve it with a yoghurt dressing to add some moistness to the dish.
Day 3 – Slow Cooked Meatballs
On Day 3 I made Slow Cooker Meatballs and I had so much mince mixture that I made some burgers to go in the freezer. The meatballs were nice but we concluded that we prefer my regular Bill Granger recipe. We cooked some of the burgers last week though, and they were absolutely delicious and so juicy. The grated carrot really adds something and I will definitely be using this mince mixture from now on.
Day 4 – Chicken Tikka Masala
On the menu for Thursday was Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala and I was really pleased with how it turned out. I loved the taste of the tomatoes and the creaminess of the greek yoghurt. I will definitely be trying out some more Slow Cooker curry recipes as the long cooking time really brings out the flavours of the spices.
Day 5 – Lemon & Blueberry Blondies
On Day 5 I experimented with baking in the Slow Cooker and made Lemon & Blueberry Blondies. I was a bit sceptical about this recipe but they turned out so delicious! The blondies were lovely and moist and the whole house smelt amazing while they were cooking. I cooked mine on low for approximately 3 hours.
Day 6 – Bolognese Sauce
It was Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce on Saturday. I had to find this recipe on a different blog site as it did not feature in the Little House Love ’31 Days of Slow Cooking’. Spaghetti Bolognese is a firm favourite in our house and I wanted to see how Slow Cooker Bolognese sauce compared with my usual recipe. The sauce was delicious and the mince was so tender that it just melted in the mouth. I have definitely been converted on this one and will only be making slow cooked Bolognese sauce from now on!
Day 7 – Baked Potato
I ended the 7 day challenge with an easy Slow Cooker Baked Potato. This is a great thing to pop on in the morning so that you have something quick and easy ready for lunch.
It was certainly an interesting week and I loved walking into the house during the day and smelling the delicious cooking aromas. The Slow Cooker is a great piece of equipment and it means you can be out all day but still have a hot meal waiting when you get home. I will be trying lots more Slow Cooker recipes over the coming months…first on the list is Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake!