Slow cookers have revolutionized the way that many people prepare dinner. Just prep the ingredients at the start of the day, and come home to a hot cooked meal waiting in the slow cooker at dinnertime. One of the best parts about using a slow cooker is how easy it is; there is little stirring or browning, and rarely any multiple step components that can make an amateur chef wary of what they’re about to make. In fact, the majority of slow cooker recipes merely involve placing the various ingredients in the chamber, setting the temperature and leaving the pot alone for up to 10 hours. Best of all, there are countless recipes for meals ranging from soups and stews to simple meat and vegetable dishes. Try one of these easy slow cooker recipes for an amazing dinner; each one of them takes only minutes to put together, but tastes as though they were far more complicated to make.
Easy Slow Cooker Soup and Stew Recipes
Many people use their slow cooker just to make soups and stews. These dishes often taste better when they’ve been simmering for hours, and with a slow cooker, the chef doesn’t have to be around to stir or watch over the pot all day. Most soup and stew recipes for the slow cooker can be easily altered to personal tastes as well; it’s very hard to mess things up in a slow cooker.
Easy Lamb Stew Recipe
Lamb stew has its origins in several different cultures where the tougher cuts of lamb were simmered for hours with different vegetables to produce a tender and flavorful meal. This recipe can use stew meat, as well as left over cuts from other meals if handy.
- 1 pound chopped lamb
- ½ large butternut squash, cubed
- 2 cups chopped kale, packed
- 1 large yellow onion, diced
- 3 tablespoons minced garlic
- 16 ounces chicken broth
- ½ teaspoon white pepper
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 bay leaf
- Layer the ingredients in the slow cooker.
- Stir thoroughly to mix in the spices and garlic with the other ingredients.
- Cover and set the slow cooker to low heat.
- Cook for 8 to 10 hours.
- Remove the bay leaf before serving.
This recipe reheats well the next day, and can be stored inside the slow cooker’s ceramic chamber when covered for up to 3 days after cooking. It can serve up to 6 people and believe us, all of them will enjoy it.