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Mama’s question of the week: do you use a slow cooker or crock-pot?


Question of the week:  Do you use a slow cooker and have a favorite recipe to share?

With September almost over and school schedules, after school activities, and sports schedules keeping parents and their kids busy, planning healthy family meals can be a challenge.  It seems more popular than ever to rely upon the good old crock-pot or slow cooker for easy to prepare meals.  There is a surge of Facebook pages about sharing slow cooker recipes, along with many blogs on the subject as well.  Do you use a slow cooker and if so, can you share your favorite recipe with Mama’s Little Helper readers?

Personally, this mama tries to use her crock pot at least once a week and I would like to  use it even more.  I search weekly for new recipes for it that will appeal to my family while also being healthy.  A great blog for slow cooker recipes is A year of slow cooking by Stephanie O’Dea.  She started her blog as a New Years resolution a few years ago and has since published cookbooks of her collected recipes.  It’s a great way to start if you are new to using a slow cooker to find a large variety of recipes.  The Crock-Pot website lists many recipes for their famous brand of slow cookers and is another great resource for home chefs.  A family favorite in our house is a recipe for chicken cacciatore, a meal that a good friend brought us after our son was born.  I’ve made it many times since then!  The recipe that I make almost weekly in my slow cooker is called sticky chicken. It is so simple and cooks a whole chicken that can be used for multiple meals.  I often use the chicken for enchiladas or quesadillas, chicken salad, or as a green salad topper.  The spice mixture used can be adjusted to your personal taste, or to whatever you have on hand even.

Please share your favorite slow cooker recipe or link to a recipe!  Maybe it will help out another reader in discovering something new to make for their family!

 

Mama Diane

September 28th, 2011 | Tags: , , , | Category: Family, Favorite Family Recipes, Moms, Question of the week
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