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So, I just got a slow cooker 
Feb. 23, 2010 10:56 am 
Updated: Feb. 25, 2010 1:52 pm
I've only ever used a slow-cooker once, to make cochinita pibil (tasty!).  But I've been in kind of a cooking funk lately.  I'm flying solo most nights and with my long commute, and I tend to eat out a lot, or skip dinner.

So I decided to try out the slow cooker and make stuff that works well as leftovers.  I love pulled pork and variations thereon, but I'd really like to stay as healthy and low cholesterol as possible.

Any ideas on slow cooker recipes that will knock my socks off and is still pretty healthy?

Feb. 23, 2010 11:57 am
I love my slow cooker, I use it for chili mostly. I never use a recipe though :p A big can of tomatoes, a can of beans, some lean ground beef or some shredded chicken breast, spices, done!
Feb. 23, 2010 2:04 pm
Hi Merrit! You need to post this question on the exchange as Request a Recipe so we can post recipes for you! Miss seeing you on the exchange btw :)
Feb. 23, 2010 4:08 pm
Most definitely post this to the RE! In the meantime, go check out Patti's "Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup". It's OMG good!!'s awesome as leftovers AND it freezes well :-) I use a can of chicken broth in place of the beer the recipe calls for, but that's just because I don't ever have beer hanging around in my house.
Feb. 23, 2010 4:28 pm
Hi Merritt! I started a Recipe Request post for you on the Exchange. Hopefully you'll get lots of great suggestions. Here's the URL for the post ****
Feb. 23, 2010 4:29 pm
Hi, Merritt! I've been using chicken in a slow cooker to make Ken in CA's "Simple Carnitas" plus "Lime Cilantro Rice" for burritos.
Feb. 23, 2010 4:30 pm
I've been eyeing this one - looks like it might need help in the seasoning department, but sounds pretty good and healthy -
Feb. 23, 2010 5:47 pm
I've made the Banana Banana Bread recipe from here in a slow cooker, pineapple upside down cake, soups and stews.
Feb. 24, 2010 12:36 pm
I use my slow cooker for slow roasting - chuck pot roast, lamb pot roast, and coq au vin. The problem with chicken is that if you cook for hours, the flavor is incredible but the meat just falls off the bone. Then you have lots of bones to contend with. I make split pea soup with yellow peas, parsnips, onion, carrot and usually a ham bone. Pork shoulder also roasts beautifully in the crock pot. I put carrots and onions on the bottom, to keep the meat up out of whatever fat may drip. I remove all visible fat, add more veggies on top, and don't add any liquid. My mom gave me a crock pot for a birthday gift. The next morning, I prepared a meal according to the booklet that came inside. I was concerned that the dog might bother it. After a long day at work and a bad commute through Boston, I opened the door to the kitchen to smell FOOOD! Yes! Somebody made dinner! Wait a minute! I MADE DINNER!!!!!!!!! At that point, I was just so happy that it was ready, I don't remember what it tasted like, I just remember the joy of sniffing.
Feb. 25, 2010 1:52 pm
I use mine to keep the "apple pie" drink recipe off here warm during parties. I didnt even know if can be used for cooking. hmmm who knew?
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So, the cat's out of the bag on the AR Recipe Buzz: I'm one of the AllRecipes "techie" guys. I do deployment engineering. I'm 39, from Seattle, and have a 14-year old son who is in a punk band. I've been working in the software/tech sector for about fifteen years. I live on an island, I ride my bike (onto a ferry boat) to work every day. I love cooking almost as much as I do eating. I'm getting married in August to my sweetie, Lindsay.
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Thanksgiving dinner, semi-traditional. I like getting creative and foodie with it. Like prosciutto- and herb-crusted roast turkey, port wine cranberry reduction, and butternut squash gratin. Mmmm. Oh! Oh! Oh! I got my butternut squash gratin recipe published on Allrecipes! Check it out: The last two Thanksgivings, the hosts have deep fried, so I'm starting to go through withdrawal on my prosciutto bird...
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Let's see, my mom used to make sh*t on a shingle, milktoast (milquetoast?), and mac n' cheese. Oh wait, these are supposed to be favorites? Uhhhhh... Fondue! To her credit, she also made a flank steak that I really liked.
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One time after spending an hour or two peeling and cubing ruby yams (for port wine candied yams) and butternut squash (for butternut squash gratin), I mixed them up and added garlic, rosemary, thyme to the yams while browning them. Thankfully I discovered my mistake before wasting $15 worth of white cheddar and gruyere. Also, once I roasted $20 worth of chantrelles and criminis (light drizzle of olive oil, fresh herbs and coarse salt/pepper) for a side dish to bring to a friend's house, and dropped the whole sheet onto my fir-needle covered driveway. I passed it off as rosemary. :-o Also, never use purple potatoes for gnocchi. They look like death.
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