So often I hear that eating healthy takes too much time, or
at the end of a long and busy day it just is easier to pick up a meal on the
ride home. But it leaves you and your family exposed to too much sugar, salt
and fat, and certainly refined, processed foods – and all of that can impact
family health. So, how about dusting off that slow cooker or crock pot and
putting at least part of your meal in there in the morning, and let it cook
slowly all day. Dinner ready when you walk in the door at night!
*Spray the inside of crockpot with PAM *
you lift the lid, add on 30 minutes more of cooking time *
* Fill the crockpot at least ½ full *
meat needs 3 hours minimum on HIGH heat *
*If you start with a frozen piece of
meat, you’ll want to add 2 more hours of cooking time *
*Brown ground meat first
before adding *
*Root veggies take longer *
*Add dairy in last hour *
* If there is a bit too much liquid at the
end of the cooking time, you can add instant tapioca or cornstarch to thicken *
*Since it is a longer cooking time using a crockpot, maybe 8-10 hours, use dried
herbs rather than the fresh *
Additional time saver in the morning - You can assemble all the ingredients in the
crockpot and store in the fridge overnight. Place the cold stoneware in a cold
electrical base. Do not preheat the slow cooker.
And remember - have FUN using the crockpot!
What can you cook – almost
everything: soups and stews; beef, pork and chicken; and even desserts!!! And
this is so much healthier and cheaper than eating out!