Ok – if you guys have been following along on Insta-stories (and you really should!) then you know Andrew and I have been cooking up a storm with our newest kitchen appliance…the De’Longhi Livenza Slow Cooker.
Guys, we’re obsessed. Like, I’m talking about easy, delicious, flavourful meals. And the best part is, you don’t need to be a good cook for this. LOL. That’s the best part. I like to think that I’m a pretty good cook, however, with the slow cooker, who even cares? All you need to do throw in all your ingredients and then peace out for 3-5 hours. When you come back, your meal is ready!
My favourite part about this is that it looks like you’ve spent a lot of time and energy into this meal. So, it’s best when you’re making your significant other a romantic dinner. Do it all in the slow cooker, and voila. 5 stars baby!
You know me, I love efficiency. When it comes to ANYTHING, really. And slow cookers are exactly that. They allow you to cook an amazing meal plus cross of a bunch of other things on your to-do list. You don’t have to stand by the pan to stir up your veggies. You don’t have to worry about your meat burning in the pan. You don’t have to worry, period. Because that’s what slow cookers are ALL about. A worry-free cooking system.
I’ll admit, it took me a second (or two) to trust the slow cooker. I wasn’t ready to leave the house with it plugged it. But hello!! That’s the whole point. So, our first few meals, we stayed at home. No big deal, because I was still getting shit done, you know? Cleaning, laundry, editing blog posts, while listening to a podcast, of course.
But now that my trust levels are up, we’re all good. Now I’m out and about, and my meals are slowly cooking at home. And guys…when you walk in the door after 3-4 hours and smell the deliciousness that’s been cooking, OH EM GEE. You instantly become hungry (even if you’re not). It smells that good.
Ok, let me get into some specifics on the slow cooker that we have. Firstly, you NEED a slow cooker that’s got a stove top cookpot. That is SO KEY. Our De’Longhi Livenza slow cooker has one, and it’s seriously necessary.
Here are the features:
USER FRIENDLY DESIGN:
Because no one wants a complicated system you know? It needs to be to-the-point. And this one is! Anyone can figure it out. All you do is choose the temperature setting and cook time – up to 24 hours – and the programmable controls do the rest. Easy peasy!
STOVE TOP SAFE COOKPOT:
This is what I was talking about earlier – Sear, braise and sauté your veggies, meats, or whatever in the removable stovetop-safe pot, then return it to the cooker to complete your meal. You can do all this right in one pot, which eliminates using tons of pots and pans.
KEEP WARM MODE:
This is awesome, because once your meal is cooked it automatically switches from Cook mode to Keep Warm mode, so your meal is nice and warm for when you need to eat.
Say no more! I love a pot that’s BPA free and dishwasher safe.
Ok – who else loves their slow cooker? I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get on board.
I’m going to share some recipes with you guys in another post. Andrew bought us a slow cooker recipe book, and we’ve been glued to it. TONS of amazing chicken, turkey, and veggies options. There are other meat options as well, but I don’t eat red meat, so we just skip those.
If you guys want a good slow cooker recipe book, check this one out.
Honestly, if you want easy, healthy, and delicious meals, grab a slow cooker. It will change the way you cook.
See ya soon!
+Have you checked out the 9 healthy foods I always keep in my fridge? Check out this post.
Oh, and this chicken stew! Ugh, SO good.
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Photography by Victoria Jmourko.