The crockpot can be one of the most useful tools in the kitchen when utilized. Whether you are getting through the younger years, or juggling extra-curricular activity schedules, planning some meals for the slow cooker is key. One of the major benefits to this type of cooking is the set-it-and-forget-it mentality. You are able to prepare a meal in advance, toss in the crockpot, and 8 hours later you have a hot meal ready to go.
Below you will find Crock Pot meals approved by our Registered Dietitian!
Simple Cooker Recipes for Moms
The best recipes are sometimes the easiest. You don’t have to spend a ton of time slicing and dicing to come up with a quick, healthy meal.
Shredded Chicken Tacos: Combine a pound of boneless, skinless, chicken breast with 1 can salsa and set timer for 6 hours on low. When you return, shred chicken, allow to cook for an additional 30 minutes. Serve with corn tortillas, sliced tomato, shredded lettuce, and sliced avocado.
Beef & Broccoli: Combine 2 pounds Sirloin steak (thinly sliced), 2 cups broccoli florets, 3 garlic cloves, 1 cup beef broth, 1 cup soy sauce (low sodium), and 1 Tbsp sesame oil. Cook on low for 6-7 hours. Serve over 1 cup quinoa.
Tenderloin and Veggies: Place 1 lb baby carrots, 1-1/2 lb sliced baby new potatoes, 1 sliced red onion, and 4 garlic cloves at the bottom of your crockpot. Cover with 1 cup beef broth, 1/3 cup Dijon mustard, 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce, and salt and pepper to taste. Place 1-1/2 lb pork loin on top of vegetables and cook on low 8 hours. Use a meat thermometer to determine when the loin is cooked through; potatoes should be soft as well.
Healthy Crockpot Recipes – If you have a little more time, here are some healthy recipes to try this week. All approved by our Registered Dietitian ??
Minestrone Soup: A combination of fresh ingredients, tons of veggies, and herbs makes this recipe tasty and filling. Add a whole wheat dinner roll and you are set! Find the full recipe at Little Spice Jar.
Stuffed Peppers: This is a healthy alternative to keep things interesting. Scoop out the insides of your peppers and stuff with avocado, ground turkey, black beans, corn, salsa, and rice. Find the full recipe at Chef Savvy.
Lentil Chili: Not all slow cooker meals need to be meat-based. This is a favorite and provides a variety of nutrients such as fiber and vitamin A. While this recipe is demonstrated in a large pot, combine all the ingredients and cook on low for 6 hours. Find the full recipe at Tastemade.