Sunday , 21 December 2014

Slow Cooker Ham and Vegetable Bowl

I think you may have noticed that I’m a big fan of my slow cooker.

I use it almost weekly.  It’s the perfect appliance for those nights that I have class and I’m gone from 9am to 9pm.

This meal isn’t super fancy, but I love the fact that it was a throw all the ingredients in the slow cooker and go.  Then when you come home all you have to do is scoop it out into a bowl and top it with some cheese and violia! dinner is served.

This dish is perfect as is, but if you wanted to round it out a salad, whole wheat roll, or even cornbread would be the perfect accompaniment.

Admittedly I probably jumped the gun on this one as far as the season for the dish.  It’d be perfect for the coming summer but the weather has been so nice lately (70’s and up) that I felt almost compelled to make it.

Although my CSA is starting again and the first pickup is this Friday.  I can’t wait to start getting local farm fresh produce again.

Slow Cooker Ham and Vegetable Bowl

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Servings: 4

Calories per serving: 282

Fat per serving: 11.3

Slow Cooker Ham and Vegetable Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 large zucchini, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cups frozen whole kernel corn
  • 2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 small poblano chile, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces reduced-sodium ham, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp chipotle chile powder (or use smoked Spanish paprika for less heat)
  • 2 Tbsp chicken stock or water
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, divided
  • ¼ cup cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp skim milk
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Preparation

  1. In a 4 quart slow cooker combine, zucchini through seasonings (ending with chipotle chile powder). Drizzle with chicken stock/water.
  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. Stir in the green onions, 1/2 cup cheese, cilantro, and milk. Let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve in shallow bowls topped with remaining ¼ cup cheese.
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16 comments

  1. Looks delicious. Bright and coloful so you know that it is spring. The slow cooker really comes in handy doesn’t it?
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  2. I love a great crock pot dish. Looks Great!
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  3. You always amaze me with your beautiful creations from the slow cooker… So inspiring and if it wasn’t in the title, I’d have no idea this was from a crockpot! Love all the pretty colours going on here.
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  4. This looks good. I’ll try this one of these days. Thank you for sharing!
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  5. That is super scrumptious! You know I used to be afraid of spices because I thought I didn’t have any and was lazy to experiment with them. But now that I’ve moved, I realized that I had a WEALTH of spices, totally unused and some even in its shrink wrap! Time to experiment with your dishes! :D

    • Nah spices are fantastic. Don’t every worry about “experimenting” with them just throw in an unexpected one in a dish and see how it works – super easy.

  6. Beautifully spiced and so easy to make in the slow cooker. I don’t use mine often enough!

  7. Malou | Skip to Malou

    IT sounds super easy. I mean all you have to do it put them altogether and leave. I have to re-discover the use of a slow cooker. me and my slow cooker had called it quits since that incident of “too watery” haha. but lemme give it a try and see from there.

    Thanks for sharing,
    malou

    • Definitely understand that. I may have had a few…incidents with dishes ending up may be just a tad bit too watery. Just remember to use way less liquid than you think and use a stock instead of water for a bit of extra flavor.

  8. Okay, first off…there would have been MURDER in the Philippines if my cousin thru a COCKROACH in the shower with me. Holy smokes! You’re clearly much more reasonable than me.

    Secondly, totally dig your ham and veggie bowl. Crock pots are the saviors of working/schooling wifeys :)

  9. I love my slow cooker! Looks like a quick & easy recipe! Yum!
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  10. Nice complete and well balanced meal

  11. Ohhh, what a simple but very colorful and delicious recipe! I love my slow cooker too! It can come in so handy!
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  12. This is really awesome .. i will try this as soon as i can ..

    Thanks for sharing …

  13. Hey,
    this looks really good .. have to try it out ..

    Thanks .
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