Meal Planning: Slow Cooker Meals

October 2, 2019

Meal Planning: Slow Cooker Meals

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Meal Planning: Slow Cooker Meals

 

When I first started to cook for my family my husband said he wasn’t a fan of Slow Cooker Meals; he thought they would be flavorless, over cooked and well, just not good.   I can tell you that’s NOT the case now, and some of his most requested meals come from the Slow Cooker.   The Meal Planning Slow Cooker Meals take advantage of the low, slow moist heat that brings out the best in many dishes.  I’ve collected some of  the best choices here.   PIN this to your Crock Pot / Slow Cooker Pinterest Board so you can find them later. 

A curated collection of Meal Planning friendly slow cooker meals for busy weeknights

 

What types of meats work well in the slow cooker?

Tougher cuts of meat, with good marbling are perfect for this low and slow method of cooking.  

  • Pork Butt or Shoulder
  • Chuck Roasts or Stewing Beef
  • Chicken Thighs (breasts work too but can dry out)
  • Beef Brisket, short ribs
  • Pork Baby Back or Side ribs
  • Lamb or Veal Shanks

What types of food should I avoid in the Slow Cooker?

While you CAN cook almost anything in a slow cooker, it doesn’t mean it’s always the best choice.  When using these ingredients, you will need to watch the cook time carefully to be sure not to end up with mushy flavorless meals

  • Steak; any cut, better on the grill, barbecue, broiled or pan fried
  • Pork Tenderloin or Pork Loin; these cuts are very lean and require a shorter cook time
  • Fish & Seafood easily over cooks 
  • Instant Rices or rice noodles
  • Soft vegetables; peppers, zucchini, summer squash, asparagus all need shorter cook times
  • Cream, Sour Cream, Yogurt can all curdle in the slow cooker, they are best added at the end of cooking

 

TIP:  The slow cooker produces a lot of moisture and you may find sauces and gravies too thin.  To thicken them up takes a simple  “SLURRY” a combination of water and cornstarch stirred into the sauce for the last 15 minutes or so of cooking.   

 

Oct 3rd - Slow Cooker

Looking for the Printables for the 30 Day Meal Planning Challenge?   You can download them for free here.

 

Did you miss the first 2 days of the Challenge?   Check out these other great Meal Planning Options: 

Day 1:   Meal Planning Skillet Meals

Day 2:  Meal Planning Sheet Pan Meals

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