Author and blogger Stephanie O'Dea
, whose new book is 365 Slow Cooker Suppers
, always keeps a can or two of orange-juice or lemonade concentrate in her freezer, and not just for when she unexpectedly ends up with a crowd at her house. She finds these handy ingredients are great for slow-cooker meals: Since meat and vegetables give off so much juice as they cook, O'Dea doesn't like to add too much liquid to the dish—and the concentrates deliver a punch of flavor without extra liquid. Her Orange Chicken is a great example; the sauce is tangy, not at all soupy and delicious over brown rice.
Get the recipe: Orange Chicken