To cook them in the slow cooker, wait until the last 60 to 90 minutes of cooking time to add rice and the last 15 to 30 minutes to add pasta
. Be sure to add an extra 1/2 cup of water for every 1/2 cup of rice that is added.
When adapting traditional recipes with delicate vegetables, such as tomatoes, peppers, peas, and summer squash, add them towards the end of the cooking time.
Adapt traditional recipes for soup or stew containing milk, cheese, or other dairy products by adding these ingredients in the last 30 to 60 minutes of cooking time.