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My favourite slow-cooker meals

| May 7, 2012 More

I want to hug whoever invented the slow cooker! Many Days it enables me to nourish myself and my family with a healthy evening meal despite a hectic schedule. And who doesn’t love coming home to a hot meal on these cold nights?

Here are a few of my favourite, healthy one-pot-wonders:

  • Pumpkin and red lentil soup: Sauté 1 onion and 2 diced carrots in 2 generous teaspoons of butter on the stove top until soft. Add this to a slow cooker with 1 cup of dry red lentils, one good sized butternut pumpkin (peeled and diced), and 1.5 litre of low-salt veggie stock, and cook away!
  • Coconut and lentil curry: Place 1 cup lentils, 1 can of coconut milk, 2 tablespoons curry powder, 1 diced onion, 2 diced cloves of garlic, and a pinch of salt, and 2 cups of water in slow cooker cooker. Mix and leave to simmer on low for as long a you need. We like to serve with boiled eggs.
  • Slow roast lamb: Place lamb (shoulder or leg roast) in slow cooker with loads of veggies, garlic, oregano, thyme and rosemary, and sprinkle with olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Let it cook until spectacularly tender!
  • Slow roast chicken: Pop a chicken and veggies of choice in a slow cooker for the most amazingly tender roast. You don’t even need to add liquid.
  • Moroccan style lamb stew: Add diced lean lamb, carrots, pumpkin, 1/2 cup chickpeas, fresh herbs (try mint, coriander, or fennel), 1/2 cup dates, Moroccan spices (pepper, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon,cumin, paprika), and 3 cups of water to the slow-cooker, then leave it to do its thing!

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Category: dinner, family dinners, healthy lunches, healthy main meals, quick meals

About the Author (Author Profile)

Eucale is a passionate Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) who loves food and helping people maxamise their health. She is also a wife and mum and enjoys cooking, running, gardening, and bushwalking.

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