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#1 chelley

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:30 PM

My slow cooker and I have been having a bit of a torrid love affair since our household grew to two little ones. It is just so easy to throw things in of a morning and have dinner ready in the afternoon when my energy levels tend to be low.

However as the weather warms up the usual recipes I would do in the slow cooker feel too heavy for summer.

Does anyone use their slow cooker in summer. We do use the BBQ a lot in summer which hubby cooks but in summer our routine gets very busy usually do still using the slow cooker would come in handy.

Any summer recipes or ideas?
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Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:52 PM

Only to make up big mixes of chili mainly. We do lots of tacos and burritos in summer and I freeze batches. Probably because it's an easy way to cook beans.

I occasionally do vego Indian food too.

I was going to suggest pulled pork, I've had it from a smoker before so slow cooking is probably an option.

This website has some good ideas... http://www.myrecipes...00420000011460/

and Chocolate Kahlua cake... page 3

http://www.webmd.com...-cooker-recipes


#3 ClaireBear

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 06:02 PM

I use mine for soft polenta as a side dish (I do a double batch and then have crispy polenta wedges on the BBQ later in the week.

Also do pasta sauces and chuck the pasta in towards the end. Tonight I used it to make veggie and lentil dahl.

There is a good book by Sally Wise that has so many ideas that I'd never thought of.

But I'm hearing you about low energy levels in the afternoon. If I didn't get dinner organised earlier in the day, lord only knows what my family would be eating.
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 12:17 PM

I was going to start this exact topic a few days ago!!

I've just been doing the normal slow cooker things, but I know they're going to get too heavy when it eventually warms up - Will be stalking for replies smile.gif
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Posted 18 October 2012 - 09:26 PM

One of my favourite slow cooker recipes

http://busycooks.abo...cpgreekstew.htm
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