Get your mouth watering…

Dave from Bristol Boot Camp reminds us of the good old, slow cooker.  Lets get it out the cupboard and take advantage.  You can make so many delicious dishes.  I’ll definitely be trying Dave’s recommendations!


‘For as little as £20 you can purchase a slow cooker that will produce tasty and healthy comfort food. You can then bag up and freeze portions for quick and easy meals.

Preparing the ingredients for the slow cooker isn’t time consuming, If you’re using meat then you could quickly brown it in a frying pan to add extra colour and flavour. You can buy cheaper cuts such as beef brisket or chicken thighs as the slow cooking process will tenderise the meat.

Here are a couple of recipes to get you going.

Sweet Potato & Apple Soup

Ingredients (6 servings)

1 Onion, chopped
2 celery sticks, chopped
2 large Sweet Potatoes, chopped
2 large baking apples, peeled and cored and chopped
1 clove of garlic
2 tsp of crushed ginger
4 cups of water
2 teaspoons of honey
Half a teaspoon on cinnamon
sprinkle of cayenne or chilli powder

Method

1. Add the onion, celery, sweet potatoes and apples to the slow cooker.
2. In a bowl mix together the water, garlic, ginger, honey, cinnamon and cayenne/chilli powder.
3. Pour the mix over the contents of the slow cooker.
4. Top up with extra water to just cover the contents.
5. Cook on a low setting for 5-6 hours until the potatoes are tender.

Spicy Lemon Chicken

Ingredients (6 servings)

1. 1 large onion, chopped
2. 350g of baby carrots
3. 1kg of chicken thighs
4. Juice and zest of 1 lemon
5. 1 tablespoon of olive oil
6. Salt and pepper to season
7. 6 cloves of garlic, crushed and chopped/minced
8. Cup of water

Method

1. Add the onions and carrots to the slow cooker.
2. Place the thighs on top of the vegetables.
3. In a bowl, mix together the water, lemon juice and zest, olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic and pour over the contents of the cooker.
4. Cook on a low setting for approx 5-6 hours until the chicken thighs are tender.

Extra tip, why not add a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce or Balsamic Vinegar to the mix for an added flavour?

Bon appetit!

Dave’