Slow Cookers

When people tell me they can’t cook or they hate to cook or they’re scared to cook, the first thing I ask is “Do you have a crockpot?”  Seriously, buying and using a crockpot (or, more accurately, “slow cooker”) is the easiest way to feel like you’ve got healthy cooking within your grasp.  And it’s not even really cooking.. I think of it more like “combining” or “compiling” or (the much less appetizing) “dumping.”  I mean, c’mon… 3 ingredient Chicken Cacciatore that takes about 5 minutes to put together?! Continue reading

Cowboy Chili

cowboychiliOne of the things I like about making chili or stews or casseroles is you don’t have to worry about following a recipe exactly.  Have some roasted corn? Use it! Don’t have roasted corn? Use a can of plain corn.  Making 2 different recipes? Split the corn!

I was at Trader Joe’s and saw that they had lean beef already cut into cubes and I was feeling lazy and wanted the quickest, easiest thing to throw in the crockpot so I picked up a couple packages of the beef and a couple of bottles of their Cowboy Caviar and went from there… (if you can’t get to a Trader Joe’s, here’s a copycat recipe for the salsa).

So here’s the version of Cowboy Chili I happened to make last night… I’m sure it will be a little different next time. 😉 Continue reading

Chunky Pork Chili

chunkyporkchiliA day in front of the TV (Lord of the Rings marathon FOR THE WIN!) is a great excuse to make something in the crockpot.  My roommate was baking it up in the kitchen so I needed something really easy that wasn’t going to take much space to put together.  I had pork in the fridge I’d bought with the intention of making pulled pork, but, since we made that the day before in Cooking Club, I didn’t want any more… so I settled on pork chili (I never actually knew there *was* such a thing until a business trip last week where I had it in a little hole in the wall Mexican restaurant!).

This was delicious! It may be one of the best chilis I’ve ever made… and SO EASY. Continue reading