Our schedule continues to be crazy, especially at dinnertime, so I’ve been trying a bunch of new slow cooker recipes. I thought I’d share some links.
The clear winner among our new recipes was this Chickpeas in Curried Coconut Broth recipe from Oxmoor House on the My Recipes site.
In fact, our only problem with it was that it didn’t make enough for everyone to get leftovers the next day. I’ll absolutely double it next time. This one was spicy, and when I first tried it, I thought it might be too spicy, but mixing it with rice made it perfect, and all four of us liked it. We are so doubling it next time. Wait, I said that already, didn’t I?
I also tried Slow-Cooker Asian Pork With Snow Peas, Red Peppers, and Soba Noodles from Real Simple. Cute W and I liked it, but both girls turned up their noses with this one. They didn’t even want to eat the noodles. The one thing I liked was that the pork tasted like pork I’ve eaten at Chinese restaurants, something I’d never achieved, but between the girls’ lack of enthusiasm and the extra work at the end (cooking noodles and the veggies separately), this one isn’t a do-over for us.
M’s favorite of our new recipes was a Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken by Food.com. It doesn’t win the healthful award, but it was a surprisingly unique flavor–tasty, tasty. We followed the advice in the comments and added mushrooms and some white wine, and at the end I threw in a bit of cornstarch to thicken the sauce.
M was out the night that we tried Slow Cooker Cuban Braised Beef and Peppers from Real Simple, but the rest of us thought that it was worthy of a do-over. The only criticism, from all of us, was that it was a bit bland. Next time we’ll add a couple more peppers that are spicy. Instead of rice, we ate these with corn tortillas for a change from some of the other sides.
Black Bean and Butternut Squash Chili from All You on the My Recipes site was a final surprise hit. Everyone ate it happily, and it’s super-healthful. I took a shortcut and used that frozen pre-cubed squash (I’d also done a ton of chopped onions earlier in the week) to make it a little easier.
Really, it was a pretty successful Slow Cooker Initiative. I thought I’d have some more patter, but I’m too sleepy for chatter tonight.