Today’s busy lifestyles call for taking time to slow things down a bit. One of the ways I slow down is slow cooking. When it comes to slow cooking, most people think of frosty winter months when a hearty pot of soup or stew warms the belly. I find easy healthy slow cooker recipes useful during any season.
Prep Work Required
Using your slow cooker simply requires a bit of planning and a little prep work, such as chopping your vegetables or browning your meat. But then your entire meal is cooked while you are off living your busy day; or breakfast can be cooking even while you are sleeping!
Prep Work Tips
Browning or Meat
Some recipes call for browning your meat before adding it to your slow cooker. While browning your meat isn’t necessary, you will be happy that you did. Browning your meat adds a ton of rich flavor to your meats thanks to a process called carmelization. There is another benefit that comes with browning your meat ahead of time–it enables you to discard rendered fat before adding the rest of your ingredients.
Prep Food Ahead of Time
I have found prepping my food the night before to be a huge time saver–especially when I am trying to get out of the house in the morning! Prep your food the night before. Simply throw it all in the pot in the morning, and then “set it and forget it.”
Double or Recipe
When it comes to meal prepping, easy healthy slow cooker recipes are some of my best friends in the kitchen. I double most of my recipes and store the extras in the freezer for future lunches or dinners.
Don’t Over-Fill or Pot
As a general rule, you should not overfill your pot. Ideally, you want to give your ingredients enough space to properly simmer together to create the deep flavor you expect from slow cooking. Ninety-nine percent of the time I do not over fill my pot; however, once in a while–especially if I am cooking a whole chicken with vegetables and potatoes, it does happen. What do you do? I found a simple solution that has worked perfectly every time. I place all of my ingredients in the pot and arrange them in such a way as to get the lid to close as much as possible. Then I cover the lid with a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil, making sure to seal around the edges.
There is nothing better than coming home to the delicious aroma of a slow-cooked meal at the end of a busy day. Try this easy slow cooker pot roast recipe.
Slow Cooker Pot Roast
3 Simple Steps To Make The Most Delicious Slow Cooker Dinner
1. Brown your roast first! You will be tempted to add your beef into the slow cooker raw. There isn’t a strict rule about browning your roast first, but the deep flavor you get when browning your meat first is amazing and adds rich flavor to your juice. BROWN YOUR ROAST FIRST. Trust me!
2. Add your vegetables in with the browned roast, and start cooking! You don’t have to add much stock or broth into your pot because the meat will release enough of its own juices. I like to add a small amount of water to the pan after I have browned my meat. Then I simmer it slowly to loosen all of the brown bits in the pan. Then I add this to my crock pot.
3. Serve your meal with the rich sauce cooked with this roast!
Go ahead and try this recipe. You are in for a real treat!
Crock Pot Pot Roast
Fall apart-tender beef is slow cooked in rich brown juice, along with onions, potatoes, celery,garlic and carrots creates the best slow cooked pot roast that is perfect for an easy weeknight or weekend meal!
Heat oil in a large skillet or pan over high heat. Season roast with a good amount of salt and pepper. Sear on all sides until browned (about 5-6 minutes each side). Transfer roast to the bowl of a 6-quart slow cooker.
Add the onions, garlic, potatoes, carrots, celery, thyme, simmered pan juices, wine, broth, and salt and pepper to taste.
Cook on high setting for 4-5 hours, or low for 6-8 hours, OR until meat is tender and falling apart, and the vegetables are soft.
Taste test and add any extra seasonings, until reaching your desired flavor. (I didn't need to add anything to mine. It was perfect.)
Slice beef. Garnish with parsley, drizzle over juice and sprinkle with black cracked pepper to serve! ENJOY!
If you love using your slow cooker, try my other easy healthy slow cooker recipes.
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