Slow cookerSlow food is an international movement promoted as an alternative to fast food. The slow food movement encourages people to use local foods and support small business. It also encourages us to take time to prepare food from scratch versus using convenience foods, to enjoy the art of preparing food and eating together.

It is important to take time to sit around the table and enjoy food together as a family. This can be difficult in today’s world with everyone’s hectic schedules. Try setting a goal to eat together 3-4 nights a week.

One way to cut time used for food preparation is to use a crock pot or slow cooker. Slow-cooked dishes can be healthy and budget friendly. Use small amounts of meat mixed with generous portions of local vegetables, grains, spices and flavorful sauces. Crock pots do the work for you, but you get the credit! Toss your ingredients into a slow cooker and go spend time with your family.

To get started, try cooking this vegetable and chickpea curry recipe or this crock pot chicken stew recipe. Slow down and enjoy!

– Rebecca Joeckel, RD, CD, CNSD, clinical dietitian specialist, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Rebecca Joeckel, RD, CD, CNSD

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