I like to think of this meal of warm, creamy polenta with ground beef and vegetables as comfort food on its best behavior. The soothing texture of polenta is everything your body craves in Winter, but, unlike so many other carbo-licious foods, the ground beef and stewed vegetables are actually wholesome and nutritious. When I make it for dinner tonight, I'll be stirring in some sun-dried tomatoes and my favorite Italian pesto. To add this recipe to your slow cooker collection, read more
Got guests over watching the Super Bowl this weekend? You can employ the help of a low-maintenance slow cooker during the game yet still impress your party with cassoulet. One of the benchmarks of classic French cooking, it's characterized by a copious mélange of grand meats, from duck confit to fine sausages.
This weekend, I'm hosting a book club in my home, and a few of the attendees are vegetarians. I was torn about what to make for them, but I think I've been sold by this luscious black bean soup. It's tinged with the smoky aromas of chipotle peppers and cumin, and I'm excited that I won't have to worry about frantically making it before the event, since my slow cooker's got it covered! To make this your next meal, read more
Want to make a home-cooked meal without a lot of effort? This slow cooker recipe for chicken and vegetables with herbs fits the bill. Not only does this restorative meal require minimal attention, but it's also very kind on the wallet. Frozen pearl onions are inexpensive and don't require laborious peeling. Succulent chicken legs are a great value, and dried herbs are more affordable than fresh ones. Plus, the versatile, one-pot meal tastes great with any starch, be it pasta, rice, or potatoes. To make this easy, go-to meal, read more
Quality slow cooker recipes for seafood can be hard to come by, so this version of cioppino, a tomato-based seafood stew that was invented in San Francisco, is a real gem. With a loaf of sourdough bread and a glass of white wine, this stew makes an effortless meal. To add this seafood staple to your slow cooker repertoire, read more
As a kid, I thought the concept of pea soup was gross. But in my adulthood — and particularly this Winter — I've become obsessed with split pea soup.
With its complex characteristics — it's smoky, creamy, porky, and fresh flavored all at once — this soup is nothing short of sophisticated.
After a long holiday of elaborate cooking and feasting, cut yourself some kitchen slack with a dinner that won't wear you thin.
You're free to go sale shopping or watch a movie, and you'll return to a meal that's already been made. To free up time for yourself with this recipe, read more
Normally, I reserve my slow cooker for making main courses. But since we're in the midst of the holiday party season, I thought I'd share a dip that I'll be making for a bash this weekend.
I love the idea of pouring a bunch of ingredients into a pot, not really thinking about it, and coming back later to find a creamy, savory dip that will comfort even the toughest of crowds. To make this vegetarian dip for a party, read more
Part of winding down a long weekend is enjoying a relaxed Sunday night. Throw some chicken in the slow cooker while you're fixing lunch and sit down to a delicious, stress-free meal at dinnertime. This well-rounded dish, with its Pan-Asian flavors, is a refreshing departure from the dominant Winter stew. To make something different, read more
To get through the craziness of the holidays, I've been employing my slow cooker. Today I'm feeling like something creamy and soothing, but I want it to be healthy and light, too. I wasn't sure that could be possible until I came across this risotto, which calls for barley instead of regular Arborio rice. Although the dish will be smooth from hours of simmering in broth, it'll also have a nice texture that's different from rice, along with the bright flavor of fennel. To make this, read more