Stews

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Slow Cooker Wash Day Stew

In Iran it is typical to prepare this dish when it is wash day. The traditional way to make this meal is very early in the morning you make a fire in a large rock-lined pit outside the house. A large covered kettle is filled with the ingredients and placed over the coals to cook slowly all day. At the end of a day of doing laundry the food was ready with minimal preparation.

This slow cooking recipe lends itself beautifully to a slow cooker and I have also simplified by substituting cooked, canned beans for dried ones. It is served strained through a slotted spoon and scooped into pita bread but I like to spoon it over a whole grain like couscous, quinoa or rice.

All Seasons, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Mexican, Paleo/Primal, Pork, Slow Cooker, Spring, Stews, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker Pork Pozole

Many Mexican dishes are perfect for the slow cooker as they require braising or roasting of meats, which adapt very well to crock pot cooking. I have yet to make this the traditional way, but if the slow cooker is any indication, this is a nice addition to your Mexican recipes. Traditionally eaten during the Christmas season, I find this soup/stew adapts easily to warm weather due to its cooling condiments. I have replaced the traditional hominy with fresh corn which makes it even more appealing in warmer weather.

All Seasons, American, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Grains, Grains, Main, Pork, Spring, Stews, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Barley, Ham and Collards

My CSA harvests Kohlrabi in the cool winter months here in Florida and I had no idea what to do with them. Simply Recipes (a great foodie blog) highly recommended a kohlrabi and ham bake. While I thought it sounded delicious, the weather has been cold here this January and I was more in the mood for a soup or stew. Plus I had a bunch of collards I wanted to cook. This was so tasty, as the kohlrabi sweetens slightly and balances the smoky ham. Added bonus: one pot cooking always takes top marks in my book!

Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Mexican, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Pork, Slow Cooker, Spring, Stews, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker Pork Chalupa Bowl

This is the slow cooker meat version of the popular Vegetarian Chalupa Bowl. For the meat eaters in the family, they’ll love it just as much. I love being able to use dried beans rather than canned. It’s Mexican cooking at its best, but all in the able hands of your slow cooker. Ole!

American, Beans/Legumes, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Stews, Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetable, Winter

Pumpkin Chili

Serve with arugula, grape and sunflower seed salad, skillet cornbread-

Maria A. from Merrimac, Massachusetts forwarded her pumpkin chili recipe to me a few years ago. It is a huge hit with her family and friends, an often requested dish during the long, cold months in Boston. I first made it for my book club and we all loved it. My friends were quite surprised to learn the chili included pumpkin. The original recipe called for ground turkey, but this version is vegetarian. An iron skillet cornbread and a crispy salad are the perfect sides.

All Seasons, American, Chicken, Dairy Free, Fall, Main, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Pork, Spring, Stews, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Gumbo is probably the most traditional Creole food, and once fall rolls around, heavy pots are pulled out for this cold weather favorite. Most gumbo recipes call for chicken pieces or a whole chicken, a roux that take a long time, and the gumbo takes hours to simmer. I was determined to create an equally delicious version that could be made in 60 minutes or less. Considering my family went back for second and thirds, I would say this version fits the bill!