This time of year gets to be very busy for me. And I know it probably gets busy for you too. If I can prepare a meal for my family ahead of time and not even have to think about it until right before we eat, I'm all for it. And now that the weather is turning cold, it's time to put away those grill tongs and break out the slow cooker.
Hamilton Beach recently contacted me to test out one of their most popular products - the Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 6 Qt. Programmable Slow Cooker. The Hamilton Beach slow cookers that I already owned were not programmable so I was more than happy to accept.
Shortly after I received the Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 6 Qt. Programmable Slow Cooker my very picky son decided he now likes sweet potatoes. This was very exciting for me because I'm a sweet potato lover and could eat them every day. I decided to search for a new-to-me slow cooker recipe that I could make with sweet potatoes and when I finally found one I tested it out, put my own twist on it, and it ended up turning out delicious. The fact that it's super healthy is an added bonus!
The great thing about this recipe is that you can add so many more ingredients and I'm sure it will turn out great! I will admit though, the next time I do make this Sweet Potato Quinoa Slow Cooker Stew, I will omit the chicken. My husband really liked the chicken, but I prefer it without.
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- 2 large peeled sweet potatoes cut into chunks
- 2 large peeled carrots cut into slices
- 1 cup rinsed Quinoa
- 1 can petite diced tomatoes (I used Del Monte Green Pepper & Onion)
- 1 can drained black beans
- 1 tsp minced garlic (I used prepared garlic because I'm lazy like that.)
- 5 - 6 cups chicken broth (use more if you want it soupier)
- 1 packet chili seasoning mix
- 1 - 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast cut into pieces (optional)
- 2 cups fresh spinach (optional - I added it as an afterthought and I'm so glad I did.)
Step #1 Add all ingredients into slow cooker and mix well.
Step #2 Set slow cooker on high for 4 hours.
Isn't that easy? Just 2 steps and you are done!
I will say that I added the spinach about an hour in because I am on a spinach (clean eating) kick right now so I try and add spinach to every single meal that I eat. If you decide to add spinach, you can add it right away with everything else.
So get this, I set the slow cooker around noon and went about my day. My afternoon ended up being busier than I had planned and I even left the house for awhile when I went to the gym. When I walked in my kitchen after I got home I thought to myself, "oh crap, I forgot about the stew and now everything will be mushy!". But nope, because I programmed the slow cooker to only cook on high for 4 hours, it automatically turned to the "warm" setting after the 4 hours was up!
Because of that, this Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 6 Qt. Programmable Slow Cooker is now my favorite slow cooker!!!
My Sweet Potato Quinoa Slow Cooker Stew turned out excellent, and nothing was mushy thanks to the program option!
Recipe adapted from Chelsea's Messy Apron
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Thermometer probe for meat
Clip-tight gasket lid
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