Have a Dutch oven recipe you really love, but don’t feel like turning on the oven or stove? Get out your slow cooker! It takes a simple adjustment, but for most recipes these two pieces of cooking equipment can be used interchangeably.
Item: Chef’d Meal Kits
Price: Prices vary pretty widely, but most two-serving meals are around $30. Shipping is extra for orders under $40, but it’s free above that threshold.
Overall impression: Interesting recipes with high-quality ingredients. Although Chef’d might be a little too expensive to have every day, that’s not really their aim. They don’t offer a subscription service, so hungry customers are encouraged to order whatever meal they want, whenever they want it.
The catalog of dinners is sourced, as the name suggests, from actual chefs. Apart from a few options geared toward children, there’s really nothing boring among the offerings! All of the meals I ordered came together in a reasonable amount of time, tasted wonderful, and were very filling.
We can think of few things better than walking through the door after a long day and knowing that a home-cooked meal awaits us. And since we don’t have our own personal live-in chefs, we’ll have to rely on our slow cookers to help us out.
These comforting recipes take just a little bit of prep work in the morning or the night before, and then rely on the slow cooker to do the heavy lifting. Your future self will thank you.
Whenever I start planning a trip, my focus is on food, which makes sense: Besides eating to live, I write about and style food for a living. Most of the time the planning centers around what I’ll be eating while traveling, but preparing for any trip also means mindfully leaving space to carry treats to bring home.
Cooking can be a challenge for some people. You need money, time, and skills in the kitchen to put a meal on the table. Don’t have those three things? You can always go out to eat at a restaurant, order in, or pick up something easy at the grocery store. It’s always nice to have a couple cans of soup, or some cereal around when you don’t have time to make something from scratch.
But apparently, for millennials, the simple act of dumping cereal in a bowl and pouring milk on top has become problematic.
One of the first things I learned when I began using a slow cooker was to avoid dairy, or at the very least, wait to add it at the end of cooking since it would curdle or separate if cooked for a longer period of time. Which is why I was surprised to find a recipe in Neela Paniz’s cookbook, The Indian Slow Cooker, for yogurt soup.
Not only did I find the concept of a hot yogurt soup intriguing, but I was also interested in the fact that it could be done in the slow cooker at all. What prevents it from breaking? How does the tang of yogurt hold up over time? I went straight to the source for the answers.