Monday, January 25, 2010

Fat Friday...Was Replaced with Slow Cooker Sunday

This past week was a busy one! And while we usually look forward to a nice dinner out on Fridays, this week we were celebrating Matt's birthday by having drinks with friends, so we opted for a quick meal at home. But this was not such a bad thing, as we got to try out our new griddle/grill to make Panini's... another new item to add to our ever-expanding list of dinner meal ideas!

I know some of you might be bummed to missing out on this week's Fat Friday installment, so instead, I bring you Slow Cooker Sunday. If you don't own a slow cooker, you may be missing out on a fast and easy way to make delicious meals. The food simmers all day, filling your house with delightful smells of meat and vegetables, and everything turns out super moist and delicious.

Last night's meal consisted of roast beef, roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, and green beans (one of Matt's favourite meals, and since it was his birthday, I was happy to oblige). The roast beef is what I cooked in the slow cooker, covered it with beef broth and added Lipton's Onion Soup Mix (the magic ingredient for many of my dishes), and let it slowly cook for 4-5 hours while we enjoyed some Sunday Football. The roast potatoes I just cut into quarters, coated with olive oil, and roasted in the oven, and the green beans I just cooked in the micro.

And what is a Sunday dinner without Yorkshire pudding smoothered in gravy? If you haven't already discovered the pre-made frozen ones in your freezer section at the grocery store (and you enjoy Yorkshire pudding but not the fuss of actually making them), then you are in for a nice surprise. They cook up in just 4 minutes and are equally as good as the real thing.. And the gravy is super easy to make from the liquid in your slow cooker. Simply transfer the desired amount to a small pot, add some Bisto or other thickening agent, bring to a boil while stirring, and voila! Gravy to complete your meal.

The slow cooker is also great for stew and chili, two of my other favorite slow cooker Sunday recipes. There's nothing like a warm bowl of either on a cold winter day (which we are surely to see more of...), or a hot meal after a long day of work. The slow cooker allows for both without too much fuss.

What's in YOUR slow cooker?

1 comment:

  1. Kris and I make stew in the slow cooker all the time! We often use pork tenderloin instead of beef. Deeeelish!!!


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