The Hot Dish: The Slow Cooker Edition

the hot dish

School is back in session in our household. Can I confess? I think I’m more exhausted on this new schedule than my Kindergartener.  He starts at 8 am. This means I’m up by 6 am and we’re out the door by 7:30 to go brave the drop off line. By the time I get around to dinner preparation, I’m usually dragging major tail.

This is why I love my slow cooker. I can prep and start dinner in the morning, before I’ve entered the zombie zone. It’s such a relief to have the house fill with smells of dinner in the early afternoon.

That’s why this week I’m dedicating the Hot Dish to my beloved slow cooker.  Don’t forget we have over twenty fabulous slow cooker recipes right here at Shrinking Kitchen! Enjoy!

Food I’m Coveting

Korean Beef Tacos with Cucumber Slaw

Crockpot Korean Beef Tacos with Cucumber Slaw from Confessions of a Foodie Bride

We do a lot of tacos. We do a lot of Crock Pot. And I love Asian food. These Korean Beef Tacos look slap your momma amazing.  I am seriously buying all the ingredients and trying them this week.

 Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken from Pip & Ebby

Nine times out of ten, I throw chicken in the slow cooker. This version looks incredible on it’s own, or would work great in a tortilla. I mean, you really can’t ever go wrong with cilantro and lime!

This Week’s Blog Crush

Crock-Pot Ladies


If you’re looking for a crock pot recipe, you’ll probably find it at Crock Pot Ladies! While admittedly, all the recipes aren’t healthy (but seriously, th, there are some fabulous finds – like the Crockpot Huevos Rancheros. YUM. What a treat to wake up to that on a Saturday morning!


Sweet Kitchen Find

Crock-Pot® Cook ‘N Carry® 5-Quart Manual French Bull Slow Cooker


I adore this retro CrockPot.! I mean, it’s art, for goodness sake. I love useful small appliances that you can leave on the counter and admire.

What’s on My Nightstand

This book started as an awesome blog – and it’s amazing slow cooker resource.

Cooking Tip of the Week

While cruising around for slow cooker tips, I found an amazing list over at Food Network – Eleven Tips for Slow Cooker Meals. Go have a read. I definitely learned a few things I didn’t know already.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s Hot Dish! If there’s anything you think I need to know about, speak up! Leave me a note in the comments or shoot me an email at heather at shrinkingjeans dot net.



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  • Joanne

    We made the crock poy Korean beef tacos last night– they were fantastic! Loved them, will definitely be adding them to the slow cooker rotation– thanks!!

  • Joanne

    We made the Crock pot Korean beef tacos last night– fantastic! We loved them and will definitely be adding them to the slow cooker rotation– thanks!