Slow Cooking

Using slow cookers can be a great way to keep money in your pocket and the inches off your waist. I mentioned a few tips about cooking times in my last post, but barely scratched the surface on the benefits these handy pots can give.

Nutritionally speaking, using a slow cooker can give you an alternative to the high-fat, high-calorie foods most of you are limited to at truck stops. Making meals in your trucks gives you more control of what you eat, allowing you to incorporate more nutrient dense foods, like veggies, into your diet. Making a hearty stew, for example, with chicken broth, beef bits, carrots, canned corn, potatoes and some celery can provide your body with a good amount of fiber, and other vitamins and minerals you wouldn’t be able to get from a cheeseburger and fries.

Now, in terms of your budget, using a slow cooker can help cut back on the amount you spend on food. Using the example above, the ingredients for a stew would put you back about $15 at your closest Walmart and can make enough stew for about 6 servings. Compare that to the $5-10 you spend, per meal, at a fast food restaurant and see how much you can potentially save on food.

Here is a link that can give you more information about slow cooking in a truck, as well as some recipes to use.


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