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Some Slow Cooker Lovin’

By Yourfamilysurvivalcoach @shari_brewer

I was a little bit excited to wake up to a nip in the air this morning.

Mmmmmmm slow cooker weather!

When you are trying to stretch your dinner dollars further AND focus on healthy eating, there is hardly a more economical meal maker than the slow cooker … or crockpot as they say in the USA.

What I love most about slow cooker cooking
  1. sooooooooooooo easy – once it’s in the cooker, consider it done! Put it on in the morning, leave it on low all day and dinner is done for the evening! Convenience plus!
  2. budget friendly –  by being able to use cheaper cuts of meat – the slow cooking process tenderises these cheaper cuts so you can make great value healthy dinners
  3. super way to use up all the veges at the bottom of the crisper – cuts back on food wastage
  4. if you are cooking for just one or two, you can make a load and freeze for later!
  5. delicious aromas fill the house all day!
Here is a recipe for a very delicious and my favourite super-easy-throw-it-together slow cooked meal – all easily prepared by in no time! Simple Slow Cooked Tandoori Beef Don’t be put off by the name as it is actually very mild and totally delicious!
Some slow cooker lovin’
  • 1 bottle of Taylors Tandoori marinade – this is the brand stocked by most butchers and is around $3.75 for the bottle – wellll worth it mmmmmmmmmmmm
  • approx 1kg of beef, diced – cheaper cuts work just fine as the meat will be melt in your mouth tender by the time this is done
  • veges – I added 3 onions (sliced), 4 potatoes (cubed), about half a sweet potato (cubed), a handful of green beans (sliced) and 3 stalks of celery (chopped)
  • a little bit of water – not much more than a dribble as the cooking process will release moisture
Split the meat into 3 portions. Brown each portion in a non-stick fry pan and add to the slow cooker bowl. This step is not necessary if you wish to save on washing up, but it does enhance flavour and is therefore worthtaking the time to do. To the beef, add the veges. Then add the entire bottle of Taylors Tandoori marinade. Put a dribble of water into the bottle and swirl it around to get the last out. Add this to the crockpot. Stir thorougly to mix everything through. Put slow cooker onto low setting. Walk away and come back for dinner tonight! *this can be served with rice or extra mashed potato if you need to pad it out for many hungry folk *can be cooked on higher setting for less time if need be *monitor whilst cooking to see if any extra liquid is needed – unlikely though! If you have a tried and tested delicious slow cooker recipe that you serve up, please do share! Happy slow cooking!

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