Easy Slow-Cooker Comfort Foods
Red Wine-Braised Beef
Pork Chile Verde
For this recipe, opt for boneless chicken thighs instead. Make it even heartier: Spoon over white or brown rice.
Sausage and Kale Soup
For this soup, switch to chicken sausage; add halved small potatoes for an energy-boosting carb hit.
Slow Cooker Spaghetti Pie
Cook, drain and refrigerate spaghetti. Mix peppers with marinara, parmesan, salt and pepper and pop in the fridge.
Slow Cooker vs Pressure Cooker + Tips
Slow Cooker vs Pressure Cooker
- Both use moisture to cook foods.
- A slow cooker raises the temp over a long period of time, while pressure cookers use steam to quickly cook your food.
- Both are good for beans and tough cuts of meat.
- Some people prefer slow cookers because they can see their food while it is cooking and their dinner is ready right when they get home.
- As much as we all want to pile a bunch of ingredients into the crock and leave for work, many foods—like beef or pork—benefit from browning first.
- Never add still-frozen foods to the crock. They may not reach the proper temperature to cook through and kill harmful bacteria.
- Use the right size slow cooker for your dish, filling it no more than two-thirds full (we used a 6 qt crock).
- Older slow cookers can be inefficient. Newer models have features like auto shut-off and Bluetooth connectivity.