People LOVE crockpots in the winter, so that they come home to alluring aromas of beef stew and visions of a candlelit dinner that was made while they were away working. I'm here to tell you that crockpots are more than just a 'once in a while' occurence in my home. In fact, I use the crock pot at least 4 times per week!
Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat??? How can anyone love stew that much???
I definitely like stew, but not enough to eat it several times per week for years on end. Here are some great reasons to dust off your slow cooker and get it working for you!
1. Leftovers - You can make a large batch of something and freeze half if the mood strikes you!
2. Convenience - Throw your dinner together before work and come home to a glorious meal! There are plenty of recipes that require little to no prep (just dump it all in and walk away!), and are tantilizing to the tastebuds!
3. Long cooking times - Feeling cheap with these ridiculous meat prices as of late? Buy cheaper cuts of meat and cook them all day! They soften up and fall apart! Yum!
4. Clean up - Clean up is a BREEZE!
Dust off your slow cooker, ladies! Save yourselves some time, stress and mess and enjoy!
Here's a sample of one of my super easy favorites!
Turkey meat sauce
1 lb ground turkey, frozen or thawed
1 large jar of pasta sauce
1 onion, chopped
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
2 tablespoons of sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
Toss all ingredients except for spaghetti in the slow cooker. Turn it on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 3-5, depending on the heat of your cooker (be sure to check your sauce with a thermometer if you have any doubts of doneness!).
When you are 20 minutes away from your desired dinner time, cook the spaghetti to your package's directions. Drain and set aside.
Pour the finished sauce over cooked pasta.
Relish the feeling of being a domestic dinner goddess.
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