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What you need:

6 chicken leg quarters, skin removed
1 packet of  taco seasoning  (divided)
1 tin  (14-1/2 ounces) Mexican diced tomatoes, undrained
1 tin (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup
1 large onion, chopped
1 tin (4 oz) chopped green chilies
7 oz / 190 g  uncooked instant rice
1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
8 oz / 230 g  sour cream
4 oz / 113 g  shredded cheddar cheese
1-1/2 cups crushed tortilla chips

fresh coriander (chopped)

What you do:

Sprinkle chicken with 1 tbsp  taco seasoning and place in  the  slow cooker.

In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, soup, onion, chilies and remaining taco seasoning and pour over the chicken. Put the lid on & cook on low for 7-9 hours or until chicken is tender.
Prepare the rice according to the packet directions.

Place the beans in a small microwave safe-bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds or until warmed then stir in the rice.
Remove the chicken  and keep warm. Skim the fat from cooking juices &  stir in the sour cream.

Serve chicken with rice mixture.

Sprinkle servings with cheese, tortilla chips and  chopped coriander

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What you need:

1 lb of stewing steak
1 or 2 red onion ( sliced)
3 leeks ( sliced)
1 lb of small skinned potatoes (quartered)
4 carrots ( diced)
1/2 of swede ( diced)
1 parsnip ( diced)
1 1/2 pints beef stock
1 or 2 cloves garlic finely chopped or crushed (optional)

For the dumplings

100g/4ozs self-raising flour
50g/2ozs shredded suet
5 tbsp cold water, aproximately
Mixed dried herbs to flavour – optional

What to do:

Place all the ingredients into the slow cooker then add the beef stock.
Cook on medium heat for 7 to 8 hrs (or alternatively on low over night)
or high heat for 5 to 6hrs.

To make the dumplings:

Mix the flour, suet, dried mixed herbs with the water. It should not be sticky but soft and pliable. If too dry add a little more water: if too sticky add a little more flour.

Using floured hands divide dough into 8 pieces and shape into balls. Place on top of the stew around an hour before your due to serve.
Personally I prefer to cook stews on a low setting over night.

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What you need:

4 carrots, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1-inch pieces
4 long strips lemon zest
4 sprigs fresh dill, plus 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt
1 1/2 – 2 lb of chicken ( diced)
2 pints  chicken broth
1 cup small pasta, such as pastina
1 cup frozen peas, (defrosted)
1/2 bunch fresh spinach, stemmed
Freshly ground pepper
4 ounces feta cheese

What to do:

Combine the carrots, lemon zest, dill sprigs, olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a 5 litre slow cooker. Season the chicken with salt and add to the cooker. Add the broth and 4 cups water, cover and cook on low, about 8 hours.

Around 20 minutes before serving, add the pasta to the slow cooker, cover and cook until tender, around 15 / 20 minutes.

Stir the chopped dill, peas and spinach into the soup and cover until the spinach wilts, about 2 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and crumble the feta on top.

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What you need:

1lb chicken fillets diced
1lb carrots sliced
1 parsnip diced
1 swede diced
8 oz peas
2 leeks sliced
1 onion chopped
1 1/2 pt chicken stock

for the dumplings
100g/4ozs self-raising flour
50g/2ozs shredded suet
5 tbsp cold water, aproximately
Mixed dried herbs to flavour – optional

What to do:
Place the chopped chicken, sliced carrots, diced parsnip & swede into slow cooker, then add the chicken
stock.
Cook on low for 6 to 8 hrs (or alternatively on low over night)
or medium heat for 5 to 6hrs.

To make the dumplings ..

1. Mix the flour, suet, dried mixed herbs with the water. It should not be sticky but soft and pliable. If too dry add a little more water: if too sticky add a little more flour.

2. Using floured hands divide dough into 8 pieces and shape into balls.

3. Place on the top of a stew or casserole where the liquid is already simmering for about 35 /40 mins
before serving.

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