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.
Classic succotash is a Southern summer dish that combines lima beans, corn, and tomatoes. We've taken that idea and given it a fun Mediterranean spin. In place of lima beans, we use firm white cannellini beans; zucchini takes the place of corn. The tomatoes remain, providing bright and tangy notes that are amplified by briny kalamata olives. If you prefer a milder olive flavor, opt for Castelvetrano olives instead. Be sure to serve over the couscous (or substitute brown rice or quinoa) so that all the tasty juices get soaked up.