Slow and Steady Mealtime Winners
A slow cooker is one of the handiest appliances and biggest time savers to have in the kitchen. Pile in chopped vegetables, add prepped meat and seasoning, and in a few hours, a week's worth of food (or one family-size meal) is ready to eat. Keep in mind that an Instant Pot can also be used as a slow cooker.
A few other tips: Browning meats and sautéing vegetables before adding them to the slow cooker can add flavor. If you top off a slow cooker meal with dairy or fresh herbs such as yogurt, milk, and cilantro, add them toward the end (they can curdle or wilt, respectively, if cooked for too long). Finally, resist opening the lid and stirring, which slows the cooking process considerably (and this is already a slow cooker). Try these recipes to eat healthy and save money and time this winter.