|Forgotten Jambalaya from Taste of Home|
I frequently use the slow cooker to prepare supper during the busy month of December. I rely on my slow cooker so much during any busy season, but I find it invaluable in the weeks leading up to Christmas. I can put supper in the cooker on any busy day, even if I plan to be home all day. I can then spend my day crafting, cleaning, decorating, card-writing, gift wrapping, or whatever happens to be on my agenda, while supper cooks all by itself.
One of my favorite strategies in the past was to bake a loaf of bread in the bread machine at the same time I had a soup going in the crockpot. What a time-saver! Sadly, my bread machine stopped working -- well, it would still work for dough but would no longer bake bread properly -- so I threw it away. With trying to eat less gluten, not to mention less bread, I made the decision not to replace it. But it's a strategy that might still work for you and your family. There are loads of soup recipes on my Kitchen Table blog (link in sidebar) and lots of bread machine recipes too.
Lately, I am more likely to make slow cooker dishes that are a meal in one, including vegetables.
Here are a few favorites:
Rosemary Chicken with White Beans
Tex-Mex Quinoa Casserole -- a very flavorful meatless recipe.
Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Pork. We seldom eat pork anymore, but this was a favorite. The photo, obviously, is just a generic one of Chinese take-out.
Forgotten Jambalaya - pictured at top of post.
Sunday Chicken Supper, pictured below. You can certainly use boneless chicken if preferred.
If you would like more slow cooker recipes, there are many of them on my Kitchen Table blog. Just head over there (link is in the sidebar) and click on "slow cooker recipes" in the label cloud. You will find a large variety to choose from, and I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how much of a friend your slow cooker will be during this busy time of year.