A few weeks ago, I asked on Facebook if you would be interested in a weekly feature called “In the Crockpot”. The response was pretty overwhelming – and an obsession was born.
My obsession, that is. With crockpot cookbooks.
Based on some of your suggestions, and my husband’s library sleuthing skills, I’ve been reading crockpot cookbooks all week long.
The four that I have gone through so far (with some of the recipes that caught my attention) are:
Minted Potato & Chickpea Curry – p. 25
Stacked Cauliflower Enchilada with Green Chile Sauce – p. 40
Potatoes & Peas in Red Curry Sauce – p. 48
Risotto with Lentils – p. 60
Chickpea Harira – p. 112
Chickpea and Lentil Soup – p. 35
Olive Oil Poached Halibut – p. 125
Apple Cranberry Bread (I plan to make this after Thanksgiving, when fresh cranberries are uber-cheap) – p. 14
Chicken with Leeks in Walnut Sauce – p. 96
Mediterranean Beef Ragout – p. 168
Squash with Quinoa and Apricots – p. 208
Mixed Vegetables in Spicy Peanut Sauce – p. 216
Black Bean Soup – p. 36
Curried Cauliflower Soup with Chutney and Cashews – p. 47
Pesto Potato Soup with Toasted Pine Nuts – p. 51
Moroccan-Inspired Vegetable and Chickpea Stew – p. 76
Sloppy Lentils (like Sloppy Joe’s, but vegetarian) – p. 104
Slow Cook Tomato Sauce – p. 133
Fudgy Chocolate Pudding Cake – p. 230 (O.M.G!!)
(These are the Amazon links, but as I said, we found all of these at our local library.)
So, here’s my plan of action for moving from reading cookbooks to eating dinner!
Change my terminology
Based on the fact that every single cookbook I have found calls it a “slow cooker”, I’m guessing that’s the official term! So, I’m going to start calling it a “slow cooker” and (try to) stop saying “crockpot”.
Cook on Sundays
As per my November menu planning themes, Sunday will be crockpot day. My husband works on Sundays, and I usually try to do something fun with the kids, interspersed with posting on KOAB as much as possible. So, a quick-and-easy meal is definitely in order.
I’ll do my best to share the recipe and review of my Sunday recipe on Mondays or Tuesdays, so you can look forward to that as well.
And if you want to slow-cooker along with me on Sundays, I’d be delighted to have the company!
Test out a mix of dairy, meat and pareve recipes
So, yes, we have three
crockpots slow cookers! This one is our meat slow cooker (which technically is three-in-one, so does that mean we have 6 slow cookers?! Yikes!).
I got the meat one first – for cholent, of course! Next was pareve, since I wanted to be able to make up beans and sauces, which I could freeze and use with either meat or dairy meals. And finally, I got the dairy slow cooker. The frequency of their use corresponds to the order in which we purchased them.
Although I will try to make at least one meat recipe per month, I suspect that I will end up favoring the dairy and pareve ones, since good (and easy) meat crockpot recipes are pretty ubiquitous anyway … and because I tend to prefer non-meat meals, especially during the week
Select recipes that are low on the fussy scale
I originally sticky-noted a TON of recipes out of these four cookbooks, but when I made the second-pass, I eliminated most of those that required extensive stove-top prep.
The whole point of my wanting to make more slow cooker recipes is because I can start it (quickly) in the morning and then forget about it. Ten stove-top steps, plus pureeing and stirring every 2 hours doesn’t fit that bill!
I’m sure these fussier recipes are delightful, but if I’m already doing that much work, I’ll just finish it in the oven or on the stove – I don’t need the slow cooker at the point.
November’s Slow Cooker Menu Plan
Here’s my plan for the four Sundays in November:
Stacked Cauliflower Enchilada with Green Chile Sauce (Vegetarian Slow Cooker) – dairy
N’Orelans Red Beans & Rice (submitted to me by KOAB reader Brooke) – meat, athough I might use veggie sausage instead of meat sausage, in which case, this will be pareve
Chicken with Leeks in Walnut Sauce (The Healthy Slow Cooker) – meat
Moroccan-Inspired Vegetable and Chickpea Stew (Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker) – pareve
So, what do you think? Are you excited to learn some new slow cooker recipes? Do you have a favorite you’d like me to share? Anyone up for making Sunday Slow Cooker Day?