Q: What is easier than cooking in a crock pot?
A: Absolutely nothing.
Honestly, the crock pot may be one of my favorite inventions of ever. There’s nothing like coming home from a long day of work to the smell of a delicious slowly-simmering dinner, and the gift of free time in the evening from not having to cook!
I first discovered this delicious root vegetable medley last year around Thanksgiving time. I wanted to do something different for our family’s pot luck (see: actually healthy Thanksgiving food), and decided to give these a try. With its parsnips, sweet potatoes, and beautiful coloring, it absolutely screams Fall. Or Autumn if you’re fancy.
Slow cooking these veggies brings out their natural sweetness, and the balsamic vinegar brings is the perfect pairing to bring the flavor back down to earth. The delicious flavor of the balsamic vinegar is also what takes this pot full of tender, sweet, savory vegetables that I could seriously eat for my whole meal.
One tip that I’ll leave you with: Leave those sweet potatoes on top of the other vegetables in the slow cooker – don’t stir things up when you put the glaze on. Everything comes out cooked perfectly yummy when you just let those veggies be.
Have fun cooking this pot full of deliciousness, and let me know what you think below!