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To avoid having to spend hours in the kitchen, many people turn to slow cooker recipes. Here are a few simple meal suggestions that will switch up your routine and limit your time spent slaving over a stove!

ASIAN CHICKEN

If you have chicken breasts in your fridge or freezer, we suggest turning them into an exotic dish the whole family will love. For Asian-inspired flavours, whisk together a marinade featuring honey, soy sauce, ketchup, and rice vinegar. Season with a pinch of crushed chili peppers and garlic or onion powder. Next, place the chicken in your slow cooker and cover with the marinade. Once the cooking time is up, slice the meat and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.

Side dish

This dish is delicious served on a bed of jasmine rice, with a side of steamed broccoli.

Replacement option

Pork chops are also a great option for this recipe. However, make sure to go with a thicker cut of meat.

Cooking tip

The cooking time varies between three and four hours, depending on the size of your chicken breasts.

DAHL SOUP

Dahl is a very flavourful Indian dish made with lentils. Some more consistent versions are served with rice, but we suggest enjoying it in soup format. Traditionally, this classic Indian dish is made with red lentils, broth, and sometimes coconut milk. And it’s super simple to make: in your slow cooker, simply double the quantity of broth for every cup of lentils. And don’t hesitate to add fragrant spices, such as cumin, saffron, and turmeric.

Side dish

This soup is divine served with naan bread, which you can simply heat in a pan a few minutes prior to eating.

Replacement option

You can make a delicious dahl using chickpeas or split peas instead of lentils.

Cooking tip

Let your soup simmer on low for six hours, or on high for three.

CAJUN STEAK

Steak is great in the slow cooker. We suggest marinating your steak overnight in a mixture of equal parts olive oil and malt vinegar, a few drops of hot sauce (think Tabasco sauce), and a minced clove of garlic. And the ultimate secret ingredient in this sauce? Cajun spices, which will perfectly highlight the steak’s flavours. The next morning, simply toss the steak and marinade into your slow cooker.

Side dish

Slice the steak into strips and serve on a hamburger bun with a crisp green salad on the side.

Replacement option

Have leftover holiday ham in your freezer? Use it to make this delicious recipe!

Cooking tip

Simmer your meat 9 to 10 hours on low. Turn off your slow cooker once a thermometer inserted in the centre of the meat reads 135°F.

TEXAS PORK TENDERLOIN

Summon the flavours of the south with this delectable Texas pork tenderloin. To make it, simply combine your meat with BBQ sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, and chicken broth. For a bit of kick, we suggest seasoning your pork with chili powder or crushed chili flakes.

Side dish

This dish is great served with simple mashed potatoes and a creamy coleslaw salad.

Replacement option

You can easily make this recipe with chicken thighs instead of pork.

Cooking tip

Brown your pork tenderloin on all sides in a pan before adding it to your slow cooker with the other ingredients. Then let cook on low for two hours.
There are as many versions of these recipes as there are chefs in the world! Simply adapt them to your tastes and let your imagination run wild!