There's a reason why slow cooker recipes are wildly popular. We want convenience, and we want—and need—it now. The slow cooker delivers just that, working hard for us while we're hard at work, welcoming us home to a fragrant dinner that's just waiting to be enjoyed. This simple appliance works miracles with tough, inexpensive cuts of meat, coaxing out incredible flavor and turning out meltingly tender results. Through its low, slow cooking, it melds and marries flavors; it brings ingredients together in delicious harmony. And it offers up a few surprises: appetizers, sides, and drinks that simmer to perfection—hands-free.
Chickpeas in Curried Coconut Broth
This recipe is easy to prepare and even easier to cook. Leave in the slow cooker for six to eight hours and by the time you come home from work, it will be perfectly primed and ready to eat. When simmered on the stovetop, low-fat milks tend to break and curdle from the heat. The low heat from the slow cooker prevents this, and the starch given off by the chickpeas as they cook further stabilizes the milk. If you like a little spiciness to your food, try using Madras curry powder here. Available at most supermarkets in the spice aisle, Madras is a hot variety of curry powder.