Slow cookers = easiest. meals. ever.

Ever feel like having an amazing meal, but you’re too darned busy/tired/stressed/etc…?
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Cue the mighty slow cooker.

Slow cookers are the work horse of the kitchen.  They can take fairly simple ingredients and turn them into a gourmet masterpiece!

Some of my favourite recipes are from the slow cooker:

  • Roast beef with fingerling potatoes and button mushrooms
  • Chipotle pulled brisket tacos
  • Sweet barbecue pulled pork
  • Decadent mac and cheese
  • Cheesy chicken quesadillas

The possibilities go on and on… one of my favourite sites for slow cooker recipes is Allrecipes.com

Today is our 1 year anniversary (yay!) and I wanted to make a delicious dinner to go with our 1st tier of wedding cake that has been in the freezer since our wedding day. Also, my hockey team is playing at 6 p.m. tonight (GO HABS GO!), so I needed a dinner that was low on time commitment and high on flavour.

So at 9:30 a.m. this morning, the ingredients went in for a Beef Stroganoff:

Things you need to make a slow cooker beef stroganoff:

  • Stewing beef (cubed) – I love our local Rowe Farms, where we know where the beef has come from (farm to table, y’all)
  • Mushrooms – button, crimini, shitaki… whatever you like!
  • Onions – I prefer a sweet onion for a slow cooker recipe.
  • Seasoning – Clubhouse has some great seasoning packages with many different blends for your chosen recipe.
  • Sour Cream – I prefer sour cream, but you could also use a crème fraîche for the same texture, but less tangy flavour.
  • Egg Noodles – or any starch, really.  This is just a great compliment to the meal.

Place mushrooms, onions and beef into slow cooker.

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Mix seasoning package with water.  Pour mixture over ingredients.  Set slow cooker to ‘low’ for 8 hours.

In 7 1/2 ish hours, you start a pot of salted water to boil for the pasta.  With a few minutes to spare on the slow cooker, stir in desired amount of crème fraîche.  Drain pasta.  Incorporate pasta into slow cooker contents.  Serve beef deliciousness.

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And that’s it.

I shit you not, it’s that simple.

Also? Who knew year old frozen cake could taste so good?!  Wedding cake by Tier Delight in Barrie, Ontario

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