The Slow Cooker: A Mums New Best Friend
Tell Me If This Sounds Familiar;
It’s 4pm and time to think about making the dinner….
You’ve been up and at it since 6 am (6.30 am if you’re lucky). You started your day cleaning up an explosive nappy thanks to nursery feeding the kid tacos the day before. You’ve had juice splattered all over the kitchen floor because it wasn’t the right juice (it’s the same juice he’s gulped down for the last 4 days – but today, it’s not the right juice).
There’s been tantrums leaving the park which resulted in you literally fireman lifting him to the car. There was tantrums in Tesco because he really really needed that car – which is exactly the same as the car he has at home.
You’ve had 10 hours of tears, bumps, battles over what clothes he wears and battles to try and get him to keep the clothes on all day because his taken to stripping – everywhere. You’ve done jigsaws more times than you can count, built houses out of Lego and trampled on said Lego at least 4 times.
You’re emotional, tired, a wreck of your former self and now you get to spend the next hour cooking and preparing a meal with little feet getting in your way and little hands reaching and grabbing for anything and everything;
“Noooo Aiden the cookers hot! Noooo Aiden don’t touch the pot it’s burny…… No! Knives are not for little boys!”
If you don’t have a toddler clinging to your leg then he’s trying to spider man climb up the units to ‘help’. Seriously, WHY did I get rid of the safety gate at the kitchen door!? And yes, he just wants to ‘help’. ‘Help’ cook a meal which he will inevitable take one mouthful of, spit it out say, “yuck” and demand jelly and toast.
If this sounds familiar then believe me when I tell you Mummies, the simple slow cooker should most definitely be a mums new best friend!
Buy Why a Slow Cooker?
Slow cookers are cheap to buy, economical to use and they’re great for making the most of budget ingredients. They’re especially good for cooking hearty stews, soups and chicken (which comes out the most tender, juicy chicken you’ll ever have) They’re great for almost everything – spaghetti bolognaise, chicken curry, chilli con carne, lasagne, rice pudding, chutneys, jams and cakes!!
Reasons Why The Slow Cooker Should be a Mums New Best Friend
- It cooks chicken beautifully (much better than I can do in the oven by far!)
- Takes minimum effort – you just pop it all in the pot in the morning and you’re good until it’s time to serve it up!
- You can create delicious, healthy, nutritious, home cooked, family friendly meals from scratch and it only takes 5 minutes prep
- You can literally cook a Sunday roast in there! Seriously, a whole bird!
- After a long, tiring, pushed to the edge day all mummy has to do when it comes to dinner time is spoon it onto plates.
- Even better, any left overs can be put into plastic containers and stored in the freezer for another tired exhausted pushed to the edge mummy night!
What’s not to love?
You do still have to chop and prepare veggies etc which takes a bit of time (unless like me you buy them already prepared!) So, if you’re short on time in the morning you can prepare everything you need for your slow-cooked meal the night before, put it into the slow-cooker dish, cover and store in the fridge overnight. Then when you wake up in the morning, take it out of the fridge to bring it back to room temperature (the time it takes to do breakfast and get everyone dressed and ready to leave). Before you head out the door simply switch it on!
Which Slow Cooker To Choose
The one I went for was the Morphy Richards 48702 Accents 3.5L Sear and Stew Slow Cooker – Red
- It’s big enough for just Aiden and I with usually 1 or 2 more portions for each of us that I take out and put in a plastic container leave to cool then freeze.
- It has 3 heat settings – low med high.
- You can sear the meat in the same pan – which means that the juices from the meat combine with the rest of the ingredients creating richer fuller flavours in your dishes.
- Large 3.5 L capacity, serving 3-4 people
- Lightweight and durable, dishwasher-safe aluminium cooking pot
- Transparent, toughened glass lid for monitoring cooking
My favourite cookbook is one my mum got me as a stocking filler for my Christmas a few years ago. It’s called the Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook and its by Sarah Flower.
The recipes are delicious. Super healthy and so so quick and easy to prepare. There’s everything in there – soups, chicken and beef curry’s, whole chicken dishes, slow roasted pork with rosemary and mustard, beef stew with dumplings and Italian baked cod.
The book also includes vegetarian dishes and (my favourite) a dessert section – hot chocolate orange brownie mugs anyone!?
My favourite recipe from the book is a simple hearty Chicken Casserole which you can try yourself using the printable recipe below.
And that Mummies is why the Slow Cooker should be a Mums new best friend!
If you try out any of the recipes from the Sarah Flower’s Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook please let me know in the comments below and send some photos!
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- 1 Leek - sliced
- 1 Carrot - chopped
- 1 Onion - diced
- 1-2 garlic cloves - chopped
- 1 large potato peeled and chopped
- 1 tin of tomatoes
- 400g chicken – thighs, legs or breast
- 700ml chicken stock
- 2tsp paprika
- 1 bay leaf
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- Add all ingredients to slow cooker pot. Make sure the stock is hot when adding to keep the temperature.
- Turn your slow cooker to low and cook for 6-8 hours or if you want a faster meal turn to high for 4-5 hours.
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