During the holidays one of the things that helped me at dinnertime was having some meals in the freezer or cooking away in the slow cooker while I was at work. Now, on these cold winter nights, there is nothing like coming home to the smell of something good and warm that’s been cooking all day. It is all the better if what you have made is healthy, flavorful, and easy. This recipe fits the bill. It saved us many nights over the last couple months since I first tried it.
Some of the slow cooker recipes I have tried have had a lot of advance preparation in order to make the final dish taste as delicious as it can possibly be. My recipe for Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala, like many of the recipes in Slow Cooker Revolution by America’s Test Kitchen, certainly required some effort before you set the slow cooker and walked away. I continue to rely on some of the tricks and ingredients that America’s Test Kitchen recommends in this book to boost the flavors in slow cooker recipes (fire-roasted tomatoes, honey, a fresh element at the end). While the results are always worth the effort, I was hoping to find some recipes with easier preparation. (America’s Test Kitchen seems to be thinking the same thing with their follow-up, Slow Cooker Revolution Volume 2: The Easy-Prep Edition.) This recipe has a little bit of preparation required, but there are enough shortcuts to the recipe that this should not take more than 20 minutes or so before you can walk away from the slow cooker.
The aroma will greet you immediately, but once you open the top of the slow cooker, you will find a rich, hearty soup with deep flavor. This recipe also allows everyone to customize the soup to their taste with the toppings. You can be healthy and eat it just as is or you can pack on as many toppings as you like. My husband just discovered last night how good this soup is with guacamole. We both like it with tostada chips and a little cheese. My mother added a bit of heavy cream at the end to give it some richness. See what combinations will suit you. Anyway you serve it, this recipe will be sure to be a new family favorite.