Friday, May 22, 2009

Core Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Warm and comforting rather than gourmet

Serves: 4 - 6

Difficulty: Easy

  • 400g beef, cubed to 2-3cm
  • 5 x 80g odd potatoes, halved (or equivalent cocktail 40g potatoes, or enormous potatoes quartered)
  • 3 carrots, cut to 2-3cm chunks
  • 1/2 a sweet potato (about 180-200g)
  • 3 carrots, cut to 2-3cm chunks
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley
  • 3 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 100ml red wine (not Core, but 1 pt between 4-6 serves)
  • 4 beef stock cubes
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 TB cornflour
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp peppercorns (for mild flavour - pick out)
  • 2 tsp mixed herbs


Put potatoes in base of slow cooker, followed by meat, onions, sweet potatoes, carrots and barley Add wine, herbs, garlic.
Mix the cornflour with a little of the water to make a paste and add
Dissolve the stock cubes in rest of the water and add (fluid line should be a little below the carrots - maybe 2cm)
Put on auto setting (high for 4 hours, then switches to low) all day for tender, fall apart stew (or high for 5+ hours)

Not on Core? The total Points for this recipe is 22 pts, or 5.5 pts each for 4 serves, or 3.5 for 6 serves

Monday, May 18, 2009

Core Slow Cooker Mexican Turkey

Serves: 4

Difficulty: Easy


  • 450g diced turkey, frozen or thawed
  • 2 TB dried onion (or 2 small onions diced - I ran out of onions)
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes (note - adjusted down to mild-medium heat. You could taste 1hr before serving and add a bit more if needed)
  • 1 tsp coarse ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp dried chicken stock/ 2 stock cubes
  • * 1/2 cup dry kidney beans (or 1 cup tinned, drained and rinsed)
  • 2 tins tomato (I used 1 tin of diced and 1 of cherry tomatoes)

* Pre-work: dry kidney beans should not be put into the slow cooker dry as temperature doesn't reach 100*C needed to degrade a natural toxin which can cause severe gastric upset. They need to be preboiled for at least 10 minutes to ensure food safety. I boil for 20 minutes, then leave covered on the stove overnight. If you can't be bothered, you can use canned which have been boiled.

In the morning, throw all into the crockpot and turn on low.
Frozen turkey - cook for 10+ hours, defrosted 6+

Serve over rice wide a side of steamed vegies

Not on Core? The total Points for this recipe is 12.5pts or 3 pts per serve

Add 2 pts for or 3/4 cup cooked rice (2.5pts for 1/4c raw rice)

CORE Best Roast Beef Ever - Slow Cooker

This was voted best ever roast from hubby. High praise indeed!
It was moist, tender and full of flavour and the small amount of left overs made awesome sandwiches with corn relish.

Best of all, it requires about 1 minute of preparation, only 2 ingredients and cooks while you get on with your day!

Serve with mashed potato, gravy and vegies


Difficulty: Easy

  • Boneless beef roast, fat removed - a 1kg roast will do 4-6 people
  • 1/2 packet french onion soup mix

Well, two ingredients and a slow cooker - do I really need to write the method? OK...

Sprinkle dry French Onion Soup Mix over the roast and put in Slow Cooker on low with no moisture.

I cooked mine on low all day from 7am to 7pm while I was at work and at the gym.
It would probably only need about 8 hours to be 'done', but the extra time makes it extra tender. Alternatively, 4+ hours on high would do it too.

Not on Core? The total Points for this recipe depends on how much meat you eat
100g raw weight = 2pts, 150g = 3pts etc