I'd like to come home from work tomorrow to find something delicious bubbling away. I have chicken thighs and braising steak, whole chickens, turkey steaks and pork chops in the freezer. V little in the way of fresh veg (delivery tomorrow night) but plenty of froz veg.
you could do your prep the night before or you can just forget the prep? It depends on the recipe and on the meat. Some meat needs browning to seal it (I think ) Trial and error. I like Sara Lewis's book - only slow cooker book I have and it does me fine. Lamb tagine is fab in slow cooker Turkey chilli with chocolate soups galore Enjoy.
OP: I cheat with the onions, I chop them up, put them in the microwave in a rice steamer with a little water for a couple of minutes. Saves having to stand there frying them.
This morning I decided to make a curry. I got a jar of Patak's balti paste, a tin of chopped tomatoes, 3/4 in of coconut milk, an onion and a pack of stewing steak. Didn't cook the onions. Bunged it all in the slow cooker on low and await results when I get home this evening. Eek!
I slowcook in the Aga in a heavy lidded casserole dish, same principle. No need to brown meat at all. Chicken curry works really well. Beef and tomato casserole fab - just tip in one of those baby bottles of Rioja with it. Divine.
I never brown meat first. This is a brilliant book....loads of really easy yummy recipes http://www.amazon.co.uk/Convenience-Foods-Slow-Cooker-Library/dp/0572035322/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1353496036&sr=1-2
I do this www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/slow_cooker_beef_curry_13533 regularly and it's delicious. I do the prep the night before and leave to marinate overnight (i think this develops the flavour) before Tipping into slow cooker with a tin of tomatoes and some water in the morning