Do you work long hours? Or are you just plain old lazy in the afternoons? I get it… We all get it. Its Winter in Canberra and it’s damn cold outside!

Don’t tell me you’re one of those people whose slow-cooker is slowly but surely accruing dust in the corner cupboard?! Don’t be that person! Using your slow cooker is so easy and let me tell you, it is CHEAP as well! Not to mention, slow-cooked meals are the most perfect thing to come home too on a cold winters night! The smell of a home cooked meal (without doing much) is the most welcoming feeling.

The following recipes are my absolute favourite to do in the slow cooker and they can be tailored to your taste and to be honest I never use a recipe book once I’ve made the dish once because I am such a MasterChef that I can’t help but tweak it to suit my taste!

Chilli Con Carne

Have you actually eaten Chilli Con Carne before? Honestly, it is delectable and can be made to taste, depending on your palate! This is something different to your standard Bolognese sauce. It’s also a great vegan/vegetarian option for my veg friends out there! Honestly, how could you go past it? Spice up your Tuesday night!

Lamb Shank Soup

Seriously, lamb falling off the bone – yes, please! This is a recipe I never do the same! I use all the basics; celery, carrot, onion and rosemary but I genuinely just chuck in whatever I have that is starting to get soft in the fridge – zucchini, potato, pumpkin, mushrooms, just whatever you want! Maybe you have some 4 bean mix in the cupboard, I don’t know but put it in! I also change this from a soup to a stew, and sometimes chuck in some pasta! GO crazy people!

Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore is a seriously yum Italian stew, comfort food for sure and easy peasy! Chicken, onion, herbs, veggies in a thick and rich tomato sauce.. I mean who would say no?? Talk about a luxurious winter meal! Oh, and btw I don’t mean your mums version of chicken cacciatore back in the day with overcooked chicken and sloppy veggies, this is one delicious dish and you will be going back for seconds for sure!

Mongolian Beef

I have never met a person who doesn’t like Mongolian Beef (or a vegetable alternatively)! It is spicy and sweet and all things delish! And it only takes 10 minutes to prep! This one is made for those busy parents/shift workers who have no time to prep or cook. I can promise you won’t be picking up your phone for the local Chinese takeout once you’ve made this dish – and once you’ve experimented with Asian meals in a slow cooker, the world is your oyster!

Lemon & Rosemary Chicken

This is a dish that I invented and much like the Lamb Shank Soup, you can literally chuck anything and everything into this. Whatever you have laying around in your fridge/cupboard, chuck it in! Chicken and rosemary is often questioned, but I would be willing to say it is on par with lamb and rosemary – it brings out a whole new side of chicken I’m sure you didn’t even know existed. You’re welcome. Brown the chicken, chuck in all your veggies and load it up with chicken stock and white wine and boom – sexified slow cooker chicken.

Vegan Mexican Bowl

Another option is to chuck some beans, cayenne pepper, jalapenos, carrots, onions and any other veggies you’re feeling for into your slow cooker. Add some vegetable stock and black beans and let it cook! When it’s ready, you just need to add some brown rice and top with some lime juice and salsa for an extra spice and that Mexican flavour!

I’m just going to finish by saying “you’re welcome”.

Please share your favourite meals with me by messaging our Facebook Page – I can be a creature of habit and I’d love to hear your twist on my recipes and even some of your own!

Author: Emily Walsh