Slow Cooked Supper: 3 Great Recipes

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In this hectic world where everything seems to go at a hundred miles an hour, sometimes slowing down is a luxury we can’t seem to afford. Slow cookers have been around for a long time and many people don’t realise that with a little imagination and creativity you can cook virtually anything in these appliances.

The process of heating foods slowly will tenderise cheaper cuts of meat and make them even more delicious – so you will be able to cook great meals at a fraction of the cost. Slow cookers are also more energy efficient so you’ll be doing your bit for the environment. Rice, pasta and vegetables can be added to the slow cooker along with meat to prepare a mouth-watering meal with minimal effort as the slow cooker does all the work.

There are some amazing slow cooker recipes and here are three to tease your taste buds:

Barbeque Chicken

How about a chicken sandwich with a twist? Maple barbeque chicken can be made easily in a slow cooker for a delicious supper that is a great meal to come home to. All you need to do is take 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts, half a cup of maple syrup, two teaspoons of lemon juice, one cup of ketchup, a quarter teaspoon of garlic powder, a small amount of chilli powder (about one third of a teaspoon), two tablespoons of mustard and two tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce and place these ingredients into the slow cooker.

Cook for around 8 hours or until the chicken is deliciously tender. Take the chicken out of the slow cooker and cut into slices then place in some bread or on a roll and pour a little sauce on top for a sumptuous sandwich to really get your teeth into.

Sausage and Bean Casserole

Pork is one of the most versatile meats to use in slow cookers and there are so many pork recipes to enjoy but sausage and bean casserole is perfect for the slow cooker. Simply brown 450g of pork sausages in a frying pan then chop an onion and place the ingredients into the slow cooker with a 400g tin of cannellini beans.

Add some fresh herbs and spices or a pre-prepared sachet from Schwartz with a 400g tin of chopped tomatoes and a little tomato puree and 125ml of water and cook covered for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.

The best bit is that the only effort goes into preparing a few ingredients and the slow cooker does the rest. Simplicity itself and beautiful when eaten with some creamy mashed potato.

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed Bell Peppers can make a great supper from a slow cooker. Mix a 425g can of red kidney beans (drained and rinsed), 285g frozen corn, 285g can diced tomatoes, a quarter cup of salsa and onion, one and a half cups of cooked rice, a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce in a bowl. Add grated cheese to taste and a little salt and pepper for seasoning and mix well.

Add the mixture to 5 hollowed (seeds removed) green bell peppers. Cook the peppers upright in a slow cooker for 3 -4 hours on high and cover with a little more cheese before serving. Perfect!

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