If you listened to last year’s slow cooker episode, you know that we’re slow cooker skeptics. So was this week’s guest, Nicki Sizemore, until she found herself with two kids, scrambling for dinnertime solutions. That’s when she begrudgingly listened to her mom’s advice to give the crock pot a go. And like any professional cook would, she did it with the challenge to reinvent slow cooker meals. Nicki’s challenge turned into her latest cookbook (so, yea, it went well), and she’s spilling all her slow cooker secrets to us.
So much so that Stacie — who once asked what’s so good about slow cookers anyway? — chose to marry her slow cooker in a game of kiss, kill, marry.
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“Can I Make This Stuff Taste Good?”
Like so many of us, Nicki Sizemore was gifted a slow cooker for her wedding, tried cooking one dish (it was a disaster), and then promptly put it in her garage where it gathered dust. Until, years later, when she found herself with two kids, struggling to get dinner on the table night after night.
Well, this is where your story might diverge from Nicki’s, because this is when she pulled her dusty slow cooker out of the garage and put her culinary degree to work. The challenge she set for herself: create 5 totally delicious slow cooker recipes. Five turned into ten, ten turned into fifteen, fifteen turned into her latest book, Fresh Flavors for the Slow Cooker: Reinvent the Slow Cooked Meal.
In this episode, Nicki shares all the tips and tricks she learned to make slow cooker meals that are healthy, fresh, vibrant, and delicious. Kid-friendly too.
Our chat was so full of Nicki’s own tips, that we hardly have links this week, but you’ll understand why these two are so valuable once you listen:
About Our Guest: Nicki Sizemore
Nicki Sizemore is a food writer, recipe developer, video host and educator. She is the author of Fresh Flavors for the Slow Cooker: Reinvent the Slow Cooked Meal , Build-a-Bowl: 77 Satisfying & Nutritious Combos: Whole Grain + Vegetable + Protein + Sauce = Meal , and The Food Processor Family Cookbook .
Nicki is the creator of the blog, From Scratch Fast, which features recipes and meals that can be made from scratch in under an hour, and her work has been featured in publications such as Parents, The Washington Post, Eating Well, AllRecipes Magazine and Fine Cooking. She is a video host and instructor for NBC Universal’s streaming platform Bluprint, and she appears regularly on the PBS series, Moveable Feast.
Find Nicki as @fromscratchfast on Instagram and all other social media.
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