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.
Vegetable and Chickpea Curry
Think the slow cooker is only good for big hunks of meat? Think again. It works wonders with vegetables, too, here imbuing carrots, potatoes, chickpeas, bell pepper, and green beans with the aromatic essence of curry powder. If you like things on the spicy side, replace the bell pepper with a poblano pepper or a couple of jalapeños. For a little sweetness, use butternut squash or sweet potatoes in place of the baking potato. Be sure that the coconut milk you add at the end is the kind that comes in a can (which you'll find in the Asian foods section of the supermarket) and not the refrigerated coconut milk that you'll find near the almond milk and dairy milk—its flavor won't be nearly as rich as the canned kind.