1 ¾ lb white potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
3 can large carrot, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
3 large leek, white part only, halved, washed and thinly sliced
14 oz reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
¼ cup packed parsley leaves, chopped
Combine lamb, potatoes, carrots, celery, leeks, broth, thyme, salt and pepper in a 6-quart slow cooker; stir to combine. Put the lid on and cook on low until the lamb is fork-tender, about 8 hours. Stir in parsley before serving.
Programmable Slow Cooker: When you spend every day cooking at work it's a relief to get home to a fully cooked, ready-to-serve meal once in a while. For many of us, the slow cooker has long been a secret weapon in the effort to have a relaxing evening. And while most slow cookers have basically the same cooking mechanism”a ceramic liner that sits in a heating unit”we discovered during testing that certain optional bells and whistles really are worth the extra money.
A perfectly adequate five- or six-quart slow cooker, which is big enough to cook meals for a family of four with leftovers, can be purchased for as little as $30. The primary drawback with the basic cooker is that you need to manually time your cooking and then be there to turn it off. We found that the programmable six-quart Smart-Pot Slow Cooker from Crock Pot (above, $70) offers several features that justify the extra cost. A digital touchpad allows the user to control the heat settings and time the cooking in increments of 30 minutes up to 20 hours (it's not unheard of, for instance, for a brisket to cook for more than 12 hours).
But perhaps our favorite feature is the automatic shift-to-warm setting, which allows your meal to cook for its predetermined time and then switch to a setting that keeps the food at a safe temperature until you're ready to eat. Put out the plates, pour a glass of wine and you're ready for dinner. Now if they only had one that cleaned itself...J.R.
Provided by: EatingWell
Per Single Serving / Serves 8 Total
- Calories 244 9%
- Calories from fat 45 10%
- Total Fat 5gm 19%
- Saturated Fat 2gm 4%
- Monounsaturated Fat 2gm 17%
- Sodium 414mg
- Total Carbohydrates 27gm 8%
- Fiber 4gm
- Protein 21gm
- Cholesterol 58mg
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.