Stress-Free Cooking

Your slow cooker is a fantastic tool to help you take the stress out of cooking and achieve beautifully tender dishes for your friends and family. Try these easy recipes for a three-course slow cooker meal tonight!

Potato soup

Potato soup

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of bacon, diced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 medium potatoes, diced
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2-1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Parmesan cheese, grated

Directions:

  1. Fry the bacon and onion in a pan with a splash of oil, then transfer to paper towel to drain. Let cool.
  2. Grab your slow cooker and fill it with the bacon and onion mixture, a pinch of salt and the two cups of boiling water.
  3. Close the lid and cook for four to six hours.
  4. With a handheld mixer or a food processor, puree the cooked ingredients.
  5. Return to the slow cooker; add the milk, oregano and salt and pepper, then cover and cook on low for a further hour or so.
  6. Serve soup in individual soup bowls topped with parmesan cheese.

Chilli con carne

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 kilogram ground beef
  • Olive oil
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • Red capsicum, diced
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1/2 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1/2¬†teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Sat and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • Corn chips
  • Sour cream
  • Cheese, grated
  • Coriander

Method:

  1. Place the beef and oil in a large saucepan and cook until browned.
  2. Place in the slow cooker.
  3. Fill the cooker with all remaining ingredients and spices.
  4. Place the lid on top and cook for approximately six to eight hours or until cooked through.
  5. Serve with corn chips, sour cream, cheese and coriander.

Poached pears

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 medium pears
  • Few pieces of lemon rind
  • Whipped cream

Directions:

  1. Pour the wine and sugar into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for a few minutes until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Peel the pears and pop them inside the cooker. Spoon the sugar mixture over the pears so they're saturated.
  3. Throw in the lemon peel, place the lid on the cooker and cook on high for about two to three hours. Every now and then, open the lid and spoon the sugar liquid over the pears.
  4. When tender, remove the pears and place each on a plate with some sauce and a dollop of cream.

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