How is it April already!? This first year with August is already going so fast, I can’t believe he will be four months old next week. He’s teething and practicing his skills of sitting up on his own. Babies are so impressive and very hard workers!
As my baby gets more and more active, I have less and less time to make dinner and work on my passion projects. This just means that Deliciously Slow, my new slow cooker class, is coming at the perfect time for our family.
I’ve been making dinner in the crock at least two or three nights a week. Usually I make something big enough that we can eat the leftovers a few days later. So I am only cooking two or three times a week for five or six meals. Woo hoo!
One of the things I’ve discovered about the slow cooker in the past few years is that you can make so much more than just soup, chili or stew.
You can also cook dried beans, whole grains, and even root vegetables and squash. I either eat them as is or use them in other recipes. Sweet potatoes are a favorite food in our house because they’re so nutritious. And they’re especially good for breastfeeding mamas, by the way! Sweet potatoes are packed with Vitamins A and C plus Beta-Carotene and a ton of fiber. Good stuff!
You can cook sweet potatoes in your slow cooker so easily and the results are delicious! You can also make a tasty sweet potato and apple mash, which makes a perfect side dish now that grilling season is here again. I just made this and paired it with green beans and pork chops and it was amazing. As in lick-the-plate clean amazing.
Here are the recipes to make these deliciously slow and simple dishes:
Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes
Wash and scrub 4-5 sweet potatoes, leaving skins on. Pierce several times with a knife or fork and arrange in the bottom of your slow cooker. It’s ideal if they don’t overlap one another too much. Cover and cook on Low for 6-7 hours. You can test that they’re done by piercing them with a fork.
These can go savory, topped with salt and pepper and a splash of olive oil or butter alongside grilled meats. You can also dress them up sweet with a drizzle of coconut oil and a sprinkling of brown sugar, maple syrup, or cinnamon. If you have leftovers, they keep nicely in the fridge and can then be chopped and used in a hearty grain bowl or salad in a day or two.
Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Apple Mash
3 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced or chopped
3 apples, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 TB brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Toss potatoes and apples into the bottom of your slow cooker. Mix the maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg together and sprinkle over the top of the potatoes and apples. Cover and cook on Low for 4-5 hours. Serve as a dinner side dish. This is so easy and yummy, you could eat it for breakfast, too!
These are the types of healthy, whole food recipes I’ll be sharing in Deliciously Slow, my seven-day class that starts on April 13th. If you’re not already signed up, this is a pay-what-you-can offering and I’d love for you to join me! You can click right here to learn more about Deliciously Slow.
If you make these slow cooker sweet potatoes, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!