My 4-year-old babe is a sausage LOVER! He'll turn his nose up at pulled pork or a drumstick, but a sausage? Never! So in my quest to make things easier for myself I tried a few slow cooker sausage dishes. I did curried sausages and they were a flop and then I remembered the devilled sausages dish my mumma would make when I was younger. So I had a few go's at that and came up with this gem. It is SO rich and tasty, I reckon it would be just as yummy with gravy steak and baked in to a pie too. Oh and if you're wondering which sausages to buy? I have tried a bunch and the only 'crap-free sausages' I've found that aren't dry or have grissly hard bits are The Free Range Butcher ones in Sydney. Their preservative & additive free variety is the one I buy. You can buy them from a stack of markets around Sydney or have them delivered fresh to your door. They're SO GOOD!
Use the slow cooker to cook a delcious, thick and tasty ragu instead of the standard mince for a bolognese. It's quick, easier and I dare say, tastier. I love using the leftovers as a base for a shepards pie. Thinly slice some potatoes for the top, cover in cheese and bake for 30-minutes. Simple, 1 meal 2 ways. The recipe for this one comes from my 4-Week Slow Cooker Meal Plan. Where I'll teach you to cook delcious and easy meals in your slow cooker and use up all the leftovers in delicious new meals, night after night for a full 4-weeks.
I bet we’re pretty similar. I am a working mumma of three. My babes are 6, 4 and 1 and come dinner time things are pretty crazy. Truthfully, that is what made me fall in love with the Slow Cooker in the first place. I had to find a way to have dinner ready to go for when we walked through the door at 6, and ready-meals just weren’t an option I wanted to reach for.
I’ve got to cover this off up-front. I debated writing a ‘Good, Better, Best’ post for the healthiest Easter Eggs in Australia. I feared people would think I’m the fun police. I mean surely one day off and enjoying life is ok?
For me, it is.
We take this day off and enjoy the chocolate. I am all for letting kids be kids and mummas eating chocolate before 7a.m too.
So here’s the great thing though, there are great options for Easter Eggs without crazy ingredients that often can send kids (mine) loopy. These eggs are not hard to find either. An independent grocery store, health food shop or even your local fruit and veg store will likely sell one of my ‘best’ options. They’re Aussie made, small companies and so delicious.
This Easy Asian Salmon Bake has got to be my kids' favourite one-pan meal. They LOVE the miso sauce and always happily gobble up the veggies that are on the same tray, because they have the same taste. I often make this up and freeze it uncooked when I see salmon on sale. Oh, it's just as great with a white fish too. I often by leather jacket (cheap and local) and make it the same way. Snapper or barramundi would be great too, the skin would crisp up nicely.
Let’s talk real for a sec, how many cookbooks are on your shelf? 10? 20? 30? And now with 100% honesty, how many recipes have you cooked out of each? Maybe 5 at best?