Food editor Shirley Harrington shares our three favorite recipes for easy slow-cooker suppers.
At Southern Living, we think supper should be quick, easy and delicious. Here's what's for supper. [MUSIC] Hi, I'm Shirley, senior food editor with Southern Living. What's the smart thinking, busy woman's ticket to virtually hands free cooking? The slow cooker, of course. And we hear you loud and clear. You want more receipes for this indispensible appliance. So what today's high tech models have replaced the original big round, avocado green, or harvest gold versions. The advantages remain the same. You don't have to do much. You can walk away from the kitchen. And golly, you just return to a cozy meal. Ready to serve, that your family will love. So here's a terrific trio of slow cooker recipes just for you. Slow cooker turkey chili has a really fresh personality. With ingredients like corn, bell peppers, and lean ground turkey. So it's a good year round chili. Make sure to brown the turkey before it goes in the slow cooker. The other ingredients we'll stir into meat, that's been cooked and crumbled more easily. Once all the ingredients are in the slow cooker, you just pop the lid on and walk away. Just don't remove the lid while it's cooking. Cuz each time you peek, you'll need to add 20 minutes to the cook time. Top bowls of slow cooker turkey chili with shredded cheeses, finely chopped red onion. And then just settle into a chair to enjoy. You might wanna try this slow cooker version of a Louisiana dish. Red beans and rice. It has a really tame spice level. So I think it'll appeal to everyone in your family. If you want it hotter, just shake on the hot sauce. Or use Andouille Sausage, in place of turkey sausage to season the beans. To wrap up this meal, spin those beans over fluffy hot rice. And put out a crusty loaf of french bread to share. The next time you dine at your favorite barbecue joint. Think ahead and take home some extra pulled pork and smoked chicken, to make easy Brunswick stew. You just finished the hardest step in the recipe. Cuz now all you do is simply combine all the ingredients in the slow cooker, and cook. That's it. The onions, okra, lima beans, and even that splash of Worcestershire sauce. All cook into a hearty meal, while you're out doin' your thing, and takin' care of life. This one dish supper has the stamp of approval from readers like you. And to quote one, you only need cornbread freshly baked in a cast iron skillet, to go with it. Find more slow cooker suppers to fit your family's lifestyle. In Southern Living Magazine, and on southernliving.com.