When the weather gets cool everyone wants to stay warm. You can put on more clothing or just serve up something that will warm the insides of you instead. Here are a few recipe ideas to get you started.
What does fall mean to you? Some think of football, warmer jackets and watching the leaves turn. All of these things bring comfort. And, what could be better comfort than food favorites?
Your best piece of kitchen equipment in the fall is your slow cooker. If you don’t already have one, stop at the nearest department store and pick one up. Depending on the size of your family, get the largest size that you can. Here are some benefits of a slow cooker that you might not know:
* Saves time on dinner meals when your schedule is busy
* Prepares enough for dinner and leftovers
* Allows spices to deepen the flavor of your meals
* Any meal can be adapted for it
It’s your best friend. Keep reading and see what you can do for your family dinners this season.
Slow Cooker Recipes
1. Jambalaya – It’s a great meal idea straight from N’awlins! You can make it for your family whenever they want something spicy, even in the fall. Take your favorite recipe and add the ingredients to your slow cooker. Instead of water, use chicken broth as the liquid base to season your meal. If you are adding shrimp wait until five minutes before cooking time is complete since they don’t take long to cook. Set the timer on low and cook for six to eight hours.
2. Chili – What could be better than a bowl of spicy chili at a tailgate party or a football game hosted at your home? If you have other things to do that day, simply add the ingredients of your recipe to the slow cooker and let it do all the work. For a leaner meal use ground chicken or turkey. There is no need to precook it. Add the ground meat, seasonings, beans and vegetables to your slow cooker. Allow to cook for about six hours. Dice onions, tomatoes, peppers and cheese to be used as toppings.
3. Pot Roast – Sunday dinner is taken care of when you use your slow cooker. Cook the meat and the vegetables together for a complete meal. Because root vegetables (potatoes, carrots, rutabagas) take longer to cook, add them to the pot first along with about a half a cup of water. Season your roast and add that on top of the vegetables. Cook on low for about eight hours.
Do you have other recipes that you love to cook in the fall? How about gumbo, potato soup, chicken soup or roast chicken? You can make them all for your family with the help of your slow cooker.