We've gotten back into our slow cooker in a big way the last month. It's so easy to put it on the shelf and kind of forget about it - especially once summer hits and we're eating fresh, fresh, fresh from the garden! This all started when sister Keltie shopped at her local Farmers' Market for our Christmas present; she sent us an assortment of great slow-cooker soups from Souptacular in Alberta. The product is packaged with everything needed, including the spices. You just put everything in the crock pot with water or stock and walk away! Six hours later, a beautiful soup, and healthy with a selection of beans, peas, lentils, barley and such. Our favorite so far is the Tandoori - would be great with chicken added, as well.
I had been online reading about the good value of chicken thighs, as opposed to cooking with chicken breasts, so I picked up a package during my last grocery shop. Went online and found an easy recipe from the blog What Kara's Cookin'; it didn't require browning of the chicken and called for our homegrown potatoes and carrots! The recipe calls for half broth/half wine but I used just our stock with a splash of homemade thyme vinegar, to brighten things up. Less than ten minutes of cleaning and chopping some vegetables, mixing the stock with minced garlic and dried thyme, both from the garden, layer everything and done! Six hours later a great chicken dinner, the chicken thighs really moist and yummy! And I love having one pot to clean!
Of course, there was no time between breakfast and dinner to slow cook a lunch. Lunch for us was eggs fresh from the chicken coop and homemade bread! Are you using your slow cooker these days? It may be time to dust it off!