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.
Tofu and Chickpea Curry
This comforting vegetarian main couldn't be easier to throw together. Warm, fragrant Madras curry powder and fresh ginger infuse hearty sweet potato and cauliflower while they cook together in the slow cooker. Tofu would lose its texture if added too early. Instead, we press the cubes until very dry, sear separately until crisp and browned, then stir into the curry half an hour before serving so the ingredients can meld. You can also stir in spinach or Swiss chard during the last 30 minutes of cooking, if you like. Serve over white or brown basmati rice and garnish with fresh cilantro leaves.