We are halfway through October already, how did that happen? There is no denying it, it is well and truly autumn now. With the temperature dropping quite dramatically this week all I want to eat in the evenings is something comforting and warm. Slow cooked meals are ideal for this and if you are trying to save some pennies in the run up to (deep breath) Christmas then you can quite often get away with using cheaper cuts of meat that tenderise beautifully in the slow cooker. Pulses and vegetables work well too. There are also a couple of surprises in this collection of recipes especially for slow cookers…
- First up we have Supergolden Bakes’ delicious looking Vietnamese beef pot pies, the meat is cooked slowly with spices and then topped with gorgeous puff pastry.
- I have to admit that I have never been brave enough to cook a cake in my slow cooker but after seeing this spiced pumpkin cake from Baking Queen 74 I may have to take the plunge as it looks so good.
- A great family friendly recipe, My Fussy Eater’s slow cooker Italian meatball and gnocchi soup involves virtually no preparation and is made up of the classic flavours of Italian soup. Mmmm.
- Okay so this one isn’t exactly warming…but you will feel greatly comforted by tucking into The Keeper of the Kitchen’s clotted cream made in a slow cooker! Who would have thought you could do that.
- From Emily’s Recipes and Reviews is a lovely vegetarian smoky sweet potato and and mixed bean stew, a great recipe if you are also trying to save pennies.
- Another tasty recipe if you are a fan of Chinese food and you love crispy duck, is Fab Food 4 All’s pulled hoisin pork tortillas. This would go down well with my family and it’s another budget friendly meal.
- My mouth is watering looking at Belleau Kitchen’s slow cooked lamb shanks served with the vegetables that it is cooked in. I can just imagine how tender that meat is.
- If you liked your ‘pulled’ meat recipes but fancy trying something a little different The Tofu Diaries has made this amazing slow cooker pulled jackfruit jambalaya which is vegan, gluten and dairy free.
- I already have a piece of tenderloin in my freezer so Farmersgirl Kitchen’s spicy tomato pork tenderloin sounds the perfect excuse to get it out and start cooking.
- We finish off with another ‘pulled’ recipe but this time using chicken, something I’ve not tried before, but Over a Cuppa’s spicy pulled chicken is definitely something I would like looking at the list of ingredients. It is also gluten free.
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