Crock pots always frightened me. As a kid, church coffee hours looked like a crock pot cityscape, each building containing some variety of hot brown easily chewed goo. Between those options and the various marshmallow molds, no wonder I began a dietetic quest for real food! While church food may not have progressed since my Toughskins-wearing days, crock pot cooking certainly has. In fact, crock pots will be referred to in their hipper form–slow cookers–from here on out. (Actually, Crock Pot is the brand name of a slow cooker. Fascinated?! Read more here!)
The upside of slow cookers:
1 – Dinner’s ready when you walk in the door (obviously, hello)
2 – Massive flavor distribution
3 – Ability to use cheaper ingredients because they have longer to cook & tenderize (more beans! but dried!)
4 – Always wondering if the slow cooker started on fire in your kitchen while you’re at work. This keeps our minds fresh and alive!
Still timid and just starting to get my feet “crocked,” here are a few recipe compilations for you to gander:
- Savvy Vegetarian’s Slow Cooker Recipes (the Chickpea Curry is Delish!!)
- Eating Well Magazine’s Slow Cooker Recipes & Tips
- A Year of Slow Cooking: a BLOG! (Author of “Make it Fast, Cook it Slow”… this woman challenged herself to use her crockpot every day in 2008, and blogged about it. Wow!)
Let’s continue this adventure together. Let me know what recipes work, share tips, and I’ll do the same. To Crock Pots!