Is there anything better than coming home to a hot, homecooked dinner? The aromas of spiced root vegetables filling the air, ready for you to dig in. Often you just don’t have time to spend hours preparing a meal, but herein lies the beauty of slow cooking: delicious, hot meals with minimal fuss and ready by the time you walk through the door. Slow cookers are the perfect companion to the cooler months. Winter is a time of inertia; it’s time for comfort foods and hearty dishes that are full of flavour and flu-fighting ingredients. Here are two of our favourite recipes using quality ingredients from The Source Bulk Foods.
  • Coconut & Sweet Potato Stew with Ginger & Chilli

    Comfort food doesn’t have to mean piles of mac and cheese, in fact, the best winter meals are the ones loaded with health-boosting ingredients. Enter this deliciously cozy, creamy stew with a hit of infection-fighting ginger and circulation-boosting chilli. It’s hearty, full of greens and, most importantly, absolutely delicious.

    3 tbs olive oil

    1 onion, chopped2 inches fresh ginger, grated

    4 cloves garlic, minced

    2 sweet potatoes, peeled & cubed

    2 tsp garam masala

    1 tsp turmeric

    ½ tsp cayenne pepper

    Salt & pepper, to taste

    8 tbs coconut milk powder to make 2 cups coconut milk

    3 cups chopped greens of choice (kale, Cavolo Nero & spinach all work well)

    3 cups water or vegetable broth

    2 cups cooked wild rice, to serve

    Spiced Chilli Oil

    1/3 cup olive oil

    1 tbsp sesame seeds

    3 tsp chilli flakes

    1 tsp cumin

    1 tsp smoked paprika

    Add everything except the rice and spiced chilli oil to the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours. If using spinach, this can be stirred through at the end.

    To make the chilli oil, sauté the seeds and spices in the oil until fragrant (about 30 seconds), then remove from heat. Season with salt and set aside to cool.

    Serve stew with cooked rice and spoon over chilli oil.

  • Spiced Apples with Barley

    As delicious for breakfast as it is for dessert, this healthy, warming pudding is a great recipe to have on hand when you have minimal ingredients but want maximum flavour. Fibre-packed barley is rich in vitamins, minerals, protein and even antioxidants.

    ½ cup organic pearl barley 

    750mL boiling water

    2 eating apples, peeled, cored & halved

    ½ tsp cinnamon 

    A grating of nutmeg

    Zest 1 large orange

    Squeeze honey

    Yoghurt of choice, to serve

    Pecans, to serve

    Add the barley and water to the slow cooker. Place the apples on top.

    Mix the spices and orange zest and sprinkle over the apples. Add a healthy squeeze of honey.

    Cook on low for 2 hours.

    Serve with yoghurt of choice and pecans, to serve.

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