I worship my slow cooker.  Fifteen minutes of tossing ingredients in there at the start of the day, and voila, a few hours later dinner is ready.  The aromas remind me throughout the day that I don’t have to carve out an hour in the late afternoon to cook (while my children use that unsupervised hour to mishave). I have no idea why I don’t use my slow cooker more frequently.

If you’ve never heard of Stephanie O’Dea and her personal challenge to use her slow cooker every day for a year, her blog and her challenge-inspired cookbook Make It Fast, Cook It Slow are worth a look.  If she can use her slow cooker every day for an entire year, I can surely manage a week, right? 

Normally I would ask you if have any slow cooker recipes for me to try this week, but being the incorrigible planner that I am, I’ve already made up my menu and completed my weekly commissary run.  But I’m always up for new slow cooker recipes so if you have any please share!

8 Comments on Operation:Slow-Cooking Dinner Preparation

  1. That sounds like a great idea! I look forward to being able to use my crock pot again 🙂 Can't wait to see how it turns out!

  2. I confess I have never owned a slow cooker in my life. My husband has a phobia about them as he grew up with a mother who used hers pretty much every day and cooked the same half dozen recipes all the time. Whenever he manages a trip home she still cooks her "classic" pork and beans which she thinks he loves but actually does not like at all (recipe for which is canned baked beans and diced pork – although based on what my husband tells me I would not recommend trying it out).

    Maybe I need to investigate and see if I should get one – having something ready at night a that I don't have to spend time preparing in the afternoon does sound like a good idea!

    Let us know what you cook this week and how it all turns out!

  3. What a very very fun plan! I generally use my crock pot when I know I won't have time to make the meal. But I like the idea of trying it for a whole week because I do often get so busy before meal time. Maybe that would help.


    Ok, one thing my husband likes (and I know its going to sound strange) is a Pepsi Pot Roast. You take a can of cream of mushroom soup, a packet of onion soup mix (the dry stuff), and a bottle of pepsi (a small bottle that is often found by the registers at a grocery store). Mix it together, add the roast, cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low. Most of the sweetness from the Pepsi (or Coke) cooks off, leaving it with a slightly sweet taste. It's not too shabby!

    Another thing that my husband and I like to make is crock pot burritos. You can use chicken, pork, or beef (cut it up into pieces before cooking). Put it in the crock pot, cover with salsa. You can also add olives, jalapenos, or whatever suits your fancy to cook with it if you'd like. Cook for 8 hrs or more. Put onto a tortilla, and you can add cheese, sour cream, or whatever you'd like to the burrito. These are awesome to make in bulk because you can freeze them and have for later. Just don't freeze with lettuce because that is gross! We normally wrap our burritos in saran wrap then foil so the foil doesn't stick to the burrito before freezing 🙂

    Happy cooking!!!!

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