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Nice & Slow: 3 Slow Cooker Recipes

As we near the end of the year, let’s get right back on track and spend more time inside the kitchen. Well, this is basically for the festivities and parties for the coming yuletide season. Surely, it’s best to start early. Trial and error becomes a necessity more than just a task.

Slow cookers – as the name suggests – will make you wait for hours before you can taste anything. Many do not even consider slow cookers as an option. However, did you know that slow cookers allow you to taste flavors and textures unlike any other? Yes, that is true.

If in case you don’t have any slow cookers at home, you can always opt for a deep pan to cook on. Basically, the idea is to cook the dish for a time to allow the flavors to come out. This is perfect for people who have tons of things to do in between. Just don’t overcook them.

Here are 3 of my most reliable slow cooked meals that always steals the spotlight during a party or an evening of food, laughter and drinks. You can always tweak the recipes according to your preference. Remember, the goal here is to deepen the taste of the dish. Happy cooking!

Meatball Subs

  • In a slow cooker or deep pan, combine 2 cans of crushed tomatoes, 6 ounce tomato paste, 2 bay leaves, and 1 ½ cups grated cheese. Add 1 cup tepid water, 2 teaspoon dried parsley, 2 chopped garlic cloves, ½ teaspoon salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  • In a bowl, combine ¾ cups breadcrumbs, and ½ cup milk. Soak the crumbs for a minute or two.

  • In a separate bowl, combine 500 grams ground beef, 2 eggs, 1 cup grated cheese, 1 teaspoon dried parsley, 2 chopped garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon salt, and freshly ground black pepper.

  • Add the soaked breadcumbs and mix well. Use your hands.

  • Shape into balls – you can use a teaspoon or a tablespoon to make them uniform in sizes. Once done, transfer to the slow cooker or deep pan.

  • Cover slow cooker and cook for 5 to 7 hours. Remove bay leaves and add ½ cup of grated cheese.

Chicken Nacho Soup

  • In a slow cooker or deep pan, combine 1 tablespoon tomato paste, 1 cup diced tomatoes, 1 diced potatoes, 2 diced onions, 1 finely chopped jalapeño, 1 clove chopped garlic, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, ½ teaspoon cumin, and 2 sprigs cilantro.

  • Add ¾ cup crushed tortilla chips, 4 cups chicken broth, salt and pepper to taste.

  • Cook for 5 to 7 hours. Add 500 grams of chicken breast chunks.

  • In a bowl, combine ½ cup grated cheese and ½ cup milk. Microwave to heat through.

  • Serve the soup with a dollop of cheese on top.

 

Curried Chickpeas and Spinach

  • In a pan, heat 2 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add 1 onion chopped and cook until translucent. Add 3 cloves of chopped garlic and a thumb of finely chopped ginger, 1 deseeded chili pepper and 2 tablespoon of curry powder. Cook.

  • In a slow cooker, add 1 can un-drained chickpeas, 1 cup chopped spinach, ½ cup cauliflower, 1 chopped potatoes, 1 cup diced tomatoes, salt and pepper and the cooked onion mixture. Cook for 3 hours.

  • Add grated cheese. Cook through.

 

Make #TheRoyalChef your Thursday habit. Tag me on instagram (@herroyalheiress) for your delicious food finds!

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