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I'm thinking of getting a slow-cooker so I can make some of my meals easier to manage and even easier to stick to the diet. Plus I've been craving chili lately and I wanna make some SCD-friendly version of it. Does anyone have any slow-cooker recs (like brands/models?) or slow-cooker recipes they'd like to share? let me know!

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I got our slow cooker from Target- Croc-pot for $40. Not sure if it's the best but it does the job.

I like to make carnitas in mine:

1) Get a 2 lb pork shoulder and put it in- and fill croc pot with garlic, onions, cilantro, and spices (I like adobo and/ cumin).

2) Fill cooker with water or chicken stock so that shoulder is almost covered, and cook on high 5-6 hours or low for 8 hours.

3) Remove roast from cooker and place on cookie sheet fat side up and broil in oven about 5-10 minutes keeping your eye on it so that it does not burn.

4) Shred with a fork and serve with beans, peppers, onion and scd approved guac.

I'm still playing around with this recipe- adding spices and changing the liquid. Traditional carnitas are cooked with orange juice or other sugary liquids like cola, so at this point it's just about what will make to best substitution for you while staying within the scd guidelines. I personally can't stand diet cola but I guess that could be an option. You can also cook beef short ribs this way.

The 2lb should last you at least 2-3 days which is great for the work week when you might be too busy to shop or uninspired.

Hope that helps- I too am on the search for more scd slow cooker recipes so good luck.

  • Juan Pinillos commented Nov 12th 2012:

    Thanks! this sounds pretty awesome. I know fruits are not allowed except for tomatoes and some lemon but I wonder if Bitter Oranges are allowed? they give marinades great flavor (especially cuban mojo) and there is absolutely nothing sweet about them, they are as bitter and sour as a fruit gets.

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I would recommend buying the bigger version of the cookers available. There will be a time in your future where you will be happy you have the extra room. Here's one I found that could work:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hamilton-Beach-8-Quart-Oval-Slow-Cooker/1...

Enjoy!

  • Juan Pinillos commented Nov 12th 2012:

    I was thinking about this myself, I know I'm gonna have long workweeks where having a large crock pot to make multiple meals is going to be extremely handy. I was thinking of anything from 6-8qts too, thanks for the tip!

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I looooove chilli con carne and it's quite slow-carb friendly, aside from the lack of rice.

You don't need a slow cooker for it though; I make mine in a pan...

Off the top of my head the recipe would be something like:

1) Brown onions, garlic and chilli in some olive oil

2) Add lean mince and cook until brown (that would be before it starts losing water)

3) Add canned tomatoes and kidney beans

4) Add spices (I just do it by taste, with red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and cayenne pepper. Garlic, onion and chilli powder only if needed)

5) Simmer until nice and thick.

6) Scoff.

I've been told adding the spices pre-mince flavours the oil and makes a better dish but I've tried both ways and putting them in last makes it easiest to balance by taste.

Then you can make it even more slow-carb friendly by adding lentils, frozen beans and broccoli if you want. I had tuna-lentil chilli for lunch today. It wasn't the greatest thing ever, but it's filling and cheap.

  • Juan Pinillos commented Nov 12th 2012:

    hmm this sounds pretty good too. I might do this and add lentils to the mix too, since I love them

  • John Smith commented Nov 15th 2012:

    Yeah, lentils are a staple of my chilli now.

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