The slow cooker: Your new weight loss ally
It’s a well-known fact that the slow cooker is the ultimate dinner solution for a busy cook. Even better, slow cookers are a natural fit when following Slimming World’s healthy eating plan, known as Food Optimizing.
A few reasons why: It cooks food using moist heat, making it unnecessary to use butter and oil for cooking. The tight-fitting lid traps steam as your food cooks, creating a liquid so flavorful you won’t feel the need to add sugar or fat to boost the taste. And it eliminates the dreaded “What’s for dinner?” question, heading off takeout temptation after a long day. Simply add the ingredients in the crock in the morning, go about your day, then come home to a delicious, fully cooked meal.
We’ve got four easy tips for slow cooker success every time. (Try them out in our pork roast with red cabbage and mashed sweet potatoes!)
- Stay fresh: Stick to fresh or fully thawed ingredients. The center of frozen foods might not reach a safe internal temperature, even after 8 hours in the slow cooker.
- Love the layers: Most vegetables take longer to cook than proteins do, so place them on the bottom and layer the meat on top.
- Maximize flavor: Opt for dried herbs and spices, which hold up better than fresh over a long cooking time.
- Practice patience: Avoid the temptation to peek under the lid while cooking, which can cause the already low temperature to drop even further and extend cooking time.