Like most mothers and wives, I spend most of my time in the kitchen preparing meals and cleaning up after those meals are done. The insane amount of time these tasks takes is asinine, and to be honest with you, if there was an option that allowed us to subsist without food, I’d take it! No, not really, but I would like to figure out a way to buy back some of the time that I lose to my kitchen on a daily basis.
Enter my slow cooker. I have been a fan of slow cooking for some time now, but since the baby, I have had little time to discover new recipes to try. Thanks to Sarah Olsen at The Magical Slow Cooker and Christin at Spicy Southern Kitchen, I can get back to cooking some delicious meals for the people who matter the most and saving some valuable time in the process.
Here are just a few of the meals I plan to cook this summer, and I hope that you will join me!
Skinny Slow-Cooker Burrito Bowls– Move over Chipotle. I am going to be making my own burrito bowls this summer. Not only will this dish save me time, but it will also save me money. Because I plan to be spending quite a bit of time with the kiddos at the pool this summer, coming back to this meal is going to be more than “bueno para me alma” or good for my soul; it’s going to be good for me and for my family.
Pepper Steak– I remember when I was a little girl and we first tried Chinese food. It was pepper steak and rice that we all gravitated to mainly because we really had no clue what else to try. For this reason, pepper steak and rice is still a favorite of mine. Unfortunately, I never cook it (I really don’t know why), but this summer, I plan to reintroduce it to my meal line up.
Slow- Cooker Low Country (Clam) Boil– Last summer when we were on vacation, I made this delicious dish, and it was a hit! Seafood is one of my husband’s favorites, and I don’t cook it nearly enough. I can’t wait to throw this in the crock pot to cook while the babes and I are off having a little fun in the sun (or taking a nap).
Carolina Slow Cooker Pulled Pork– I have for so long been making the same pulled pork from a recipe I found on Food Network, and I have loved it. But now it’s time for me to try something a little different. Can’t wait to try this recipe I found at Spicy Country Kitchen for Carolina BBQ. Since I am a Carolina girl this BBQ should really hit the spot.
Slow- Cooker Brunswick Stew– I have to admit that I while I have never made Brunswick Stew myself, I have always loved it. It just screams SOUTHERN, and I can’t wait for my kids to taste a little bit of the south. And I can’t think of a better time than Summer to make a batch of my own especially when I get the chance to add all fresh veggies to the mix. What’s even better, I get to use the pulled pork from the recipe above. Talk about making a meal stretch!
Be sure to let me know if you cook any of these dishes. I want all the details! Until then, let’s agree to have a slow-cooking summer with no oven usage (unless you are baking cakes, cookies, or brownies). You can grill of course!
I will be posting details on each of these dishes, so stay tuned. Until then happy Slow-Cooking Summer!