Lazybum Recipes: Basic Crockpot Anything

There are days when I use my crockpot as a portal of discovery for new and delicious recipes and flavors. There are other days when all I want is for it to provide me with adequate dinner nutrients (exciting culinary discoveries be damned!). On the latter type of day, I improvise crockpot meals using a very basic formula, and the result is almost always edible.

Sounds convincing, eh? Maybe not, but if you start with this formula and adapt it to your needs, you will, at worst, use up some unloved foodstuffs, and at best, create a magnificent new dish. Read More

Lazybum Recipes: Crockpot Winter Vegetable Soup

Do you know what I like? I like crockpots. They allow me to put in a mere 5-30 minutes’ effort in the morning, and then I feel like the most magnificent of chefs in the evening when there’s a delicious dinner already hot and prepared.

Here’s a very easy crockpot pseudo-recipe that I like to do during wintertime. It evolved from this recipe for Slow Cooker Winter Vegetable Stew, but in its current state, it has diverged away from its stew origins into a very simple, relatively nutritious, big ol’ splash of soup.

This is not a recipe of “use exactly these proportions upon pain of death;” instead, it’s more of a recipe of “go find some nice vegetables and then put them into broth.” Every time I cook this, it’s almost entirely improvisational. Read More