For those of us who own slow-cookers with no timer feature and also spend a long day away from home, having that simmering, homecooked meal ready to eat when we walk in the door is a little out of reach. Many recipes can't withstand 11 or more hours of cooking.
So what's a busy working cook to do?
We recently started using our slow-cooker to make meals overnight. (And not for oatmeal - although we hear that works well too.) We assemble the ingredients before going to bed and let the machine work its magic while we sleep.
When we awake to delicious smells coming from the kitchen, we turn off the heat and let it cool while we get ready for work. Before we head out, we either refrigerate our meal for dinner reheating or pack up a serving for lunch and continue to chip away at it throughout the week.
Either way, it makes us feel good to have a healthful meal that fits our on-the-go weekday schedule.
Soups and stews work especially well. Perhaps even a Curried Vegetable and Chickpea Stew? Or check out our tips for converting Dutch oven recipes for slow-cookers.
How about you? Do you put your slow-cooker to work overnight?
Related: Fall Weekend Cooking: Break Out the Slow-Cooker!
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