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Slow Food: Why you should be best friends with your slow cooker!

It's that time of year where the leaves are begining to turn and the aroma of autumn is spilling into the air! I don't know about you but when the days get shorter and the winds get colder I love to eat meals that have  deep, rich and delicious flavors. But I'm busy too, so that's where my slow cooker comes in. I don't think that there is anything nicer than walking into your home after a long day at work and being assaulted with the aroma of  a really delicious stew, soup or braise that's been cooking for hours and scenting your kitchen with onions, garlic and chicken and literally melting off of the bone! Believe it or not you can even make a brilliant lasagna in your crock pot or a cheesy polenta with fresh vegetables  and a yummy chocolate cake.

The sites below will give you some quick and painless recipes that you owe it to yourself to try! Having a crock-pot in your arsenal of kitchen equipment not only will save you time and money, but will help you stick to your eating plan. If you've got a delicious beef stew (organic please!) simmering all day in your crock pot and awaiting your arrival why would you ever stop for fast food. A crusty baguette, side salad and a glass of wine are all you need! If you're feeding a family it's even more important. If you throw dinner into the crock-pot before you go to work, by the time you get home all you'll need to do is have your children set the table (YES...I believe that they should know how to do this properly!), prepare a simple side dish ( if you have two crockpots like I do you can have both ready!) and sit down together for a wonderful meal. Home is where the heart is and it's where all of your childrens best memories will come from.  Fast food is not a meal...Sitting around the table, breaking bread together and discussing the daily adventures is where real sustenance comes from and your children will never forget it! 

 

http://www.foodnetwork.com/topics/slow-cooker.html

http://www.cookinglight.com/food/top-rated-recipes/slow-cooker-favorites

http://www.marthastewart.com/274310/slow-cooker-recipes/@center/854190/comfort-food-recipes

 

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