I did this topic a while back and got some fab recipes. Next time i'm on the computer i'll try to link it. If you search my old posts you'll find it theres one for pork shoulder and coke, another for gammon yum yum
This website (I found through recommendation on mumsnet) has a rcipe for yogurt in the slow cooker! A year of slowcooking . Not tried it but sounds fun and really seems to be an inspiring website.
My best slow cooker dish has been mulled wine!
Chicken legs/ thighs with olives tinned tomatoes onion garlic (spanish chicken) works well only problem is that it all disintegrates a bit and you have to watch out for bones when eating.
You can cook a whole chicken, perhaps with some chopped carrots and onions underneath it but do not add any liquid. App rubbing it lightly with oil first helps it to colour a little. There are also some tricks with tinfoil to help it crisp a bit more. It is likely to take less time to cook than your manual advises so check it an hour or so early.
Today I raided the store cupboard Istarted off with half a cup of lentils a cup filled with a kallo chicken stock cube and half white wine half water, olive oil, several chopped carrots and a chopped onion. I cooked for half an hour on high and 5 hours on low, I tasted it was yummy. I then added 2 tins of tomatoes, 2 tins of kidney beans (20p sainsburys basics are my fav but I used tesco basic which are quite hard) some oregano and brocolli and cooked for an hour on high. The brocolli didn't cook and there was a funny taste but it was edible. Served it with polenta (74p) fried in butter and garlic which was yum. Put the leftovers in a pyrex and planning to add mash and maybe some cheese to make a sheperdess pie.
Don't throw your slow cooker out if you have a couple of disasters; it seems to be something you need to experiment with and if the above blog is anything to go by there are some innovative ways to use a slow cooker. (occured to me yest when I was eating cold couscus that it would have been good to make in a slow cooker using the keepwarm function) .
I just made this: 400g fillet of pork (about £3) onion cup of apple juice/ apple squash 1 chopped apple. Cut pork into chunks, add salt and rest of ingredients on top then put on high for 4 hours. Blooming lovely and v cheap and nutritious served with pasta/ potatoes and veg