- You can make large quantities and use as leftovers for lunch or freeze.
- You add the ingredients and the slow cooker does the cooking for you.
- Less prep time.
- Less time spent cooking.
- Less time cleaning up.
- You don’t need to be home while dinner is cooking- set it to cook while you are out for the day.
- Makes the whole house smell delicious.
- You can often prep some of it the night before and start it the next morning before you leave for the day.
- There are slow cooker recipes for everything: meat, vegetarian, breakfast, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, low fat, kid friendly…you get the point.
- You can use cheaper ingredients- for example cheaper (more tough) cuts of meat because cooking the meat in liquid makes it more tender. Another example of using cheaper ingredients is using dried beans or lentils which are cheaper than canned. Often they require soaking ahead of time however because of the length of the cooking time you can add them dried –thus reducing the cost.
Jill Wallace, RD, CH
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