With winter in full swing over most of the country, I wanted to share with you the luxury that is soup weather and slow cookers.
I absolutely love using my slow cooker (that I totally won on vacation!) and is the most used appliance that I own. I make batch lunches for work on the weekend and I can have lunch for at least a week or two depending on what I’m making.
Because everyone wants a warm lunch on a cold winter’s day, soup is a fantastic food choice!
I’m going to give you a few of my favorite soups and why you need to add a slow cooker in your life.
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Having a slow cooker means I can put all my ingredients in the pot in the morning, turn it on low for 8 hours, and then basically forget about it (which I actually did one weekend… oops!)
You don’t need a lot of prep, but that depends on what you want to make. With soups it’s really nothing hard.
Soup Weather is the Best: Why You Need a Slow Cooker
Beef Soup with Carrots and Potatoes
I like convenience and easy. I hate to say it, but when it comes to cooking, right now I’m too lazy to do much. Hence why I use a slow cooker for most of my meals.
This soup is delicious and really, really simple.
- 1 package of stew beef
- 1 carton of beef broth (I prefer light sodium or sodium free)
- 1 bag of frozen carrots (cut whichever way you like)
- 1 bag of small baby potatoes
- 1 bag of frozen chopped onions
- Spices to your liking
All I do is dump the beef, carrots, potatoes, and broth in the slow cooker. I only use a smaller portion of the onions because I want them to give flavoring, not be a main ingredient for the soup.
I don’t spice much so I usually just use your basics of salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.
Then I let it sit for 8-10 hours on low. When it’s done the beef practically falls apart!
I’m the weird one in my office that I don’t really like noodles in my chicken soup. I prefer the chicken and veggies to be the main ingredients. Mainly because I know if I added noodles I’d eat more noodles than veggies!
- 1 package of chicken breasts, cut
- My grocery store offers pre-cut containers of a carrot, onion, and celery mix. I use 2 of these.
- 1 carton of chicken broth (or homemade stock if you have it!)
- spices to season
Literally, the same as the previous except you have to cut the chicken before you put it in. I find that easier than putting the chicken in whole and tearing it apart after it’s done cooking. I get much more even and smaller chunks that way.
Why You Need a Slow Cooker
If you’re like anyone in this modern age, you have a lot of things to get done during your day. When you have a slow cooker, it makes making meals so much easier. You literally just dump everything in and then leave it to do it’s thing for however long you want.
I like to put my soups together as the first thing I do in the morning. I want that cooking all day so it has time to cool before I put it in the fridge and freezer.
So not only are you free to get the rest of your errands out of the way, you also come home to a house smelling amazing! And you barely had to lift a finger!
Slow Cookers are great for college kids as well as graduates because soup is a filling yet frugal way to stretch your budget, and being able to “cook” soup while you’re doing homework or while you’re working increases your productivity and gets one more thing out of the way!
- Soups are delicious
- Slow cookers make making soups easy
- You need a slow cooker in your life
- You’ll thank me later
What do you think of my soup recipes? Do you use a slow cooker? Let me know in the comments!