Friday, August 25, 2006

The Slow Cooker - A Busy Mum's Lifesaver

With a baby and a toddler in the house, (this was written earlier. now I have a pre-schooler and a toddler in the house) the slow cooker or crockpot is a life-saver. Just dump everything in and a few hours later everyone has good, nutritious, hot piping food or soup. Even baby's food can be be cooked together with the adult's portion. Just remove the vegetable before seasoning and mash up for baby.

My husband and I are always rushing around during the weekend trying to get our chores and errands done. Usually we shop for our groceries on Saturday mornings and when we get home, I will immediately put the freshly bought meat (no defrosting required since it is still fresh). I would buy meat that has been chopped up for convenience and to save time. So all I need to do is to wash and put everything in the crockpot.

Here is one simple meal I usually make for our Saturday TV dinners. :-)

Main Ingredients
- 3 tomatoes
- 1 bombay onion
- 1 potato
- A few brocolli florets
- 2 whole chicken thigh and drum
- pasta (shells or sphagetti)
- salt, sugar and tomato sauce

1. Fill up slow cooker 3/4 quarters full of water or enough to cover all ingredients
2. Wash meat and put into slow cooker
3. Cut onions, tomato and potatoes into wedges and put everything into the crockpot
4. Cook on high for 2-3 hours
5. Add in brocolli florets and pasta and cook on low for 1 hour
6. Season with salt, sugar and tomato sauce to taste

Notes: Apart from brocolli florets, other vegetables like celery or whatever leftovers you have from your refrigerator can be used to add nutrition and taste to your meal. This soup together with the pasta is a whole meal on its own.

Pin It

No comments:

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...