You can cook a whole roast in a crock-pot during the day, make delicious mashed potato and other veges when you get home, finish a gravy and set it on the table. Or prep the roast on Sunday morning, have a lovely day with the family and still have a roast Sunday lunch. Turkey in particular roasts well in the crock-pot, as does boned lamb, chicken roll, kangaroo or pork.
8. Vegetables and sides
You’d be amazed at the sides and vegetables that can be created in the crock-pot so don’t limit yourself to main meals. A pilaf, potato bake, pasta, noodles, risotto or a braised root salad would suit a quickly-made main and can cook during the day, halving or more the cooking work for the evening.
Apples cook well in the crock-pot – stuff them with coconut, sugar, nuts and dried fruit before cooking with a cream and honey sauce. Self-saucing puddings, rice pudding with baked fruit, poached fruits such as pears, figs or quince, lemon delicious, cobbler, bread and butter pudding, clafoutis – all can be adapted to the crock-pot with surprising deliciousness.
For simple crock-pot cooking ideas, check out our slowcooker recipes.