Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes
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Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes
Slow-cook your way to better health

Many of us want to eat more nutritious meals, but are short on time. Let your slow-cooker do the work for you with these four flavorful suggestions.

Chicken and corn chili

This lighter take on traditional chili hails from the kitchen of Sarah Jane from Allrecipes.com. The items you will need for the recipe are

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 16-ounce jar salsa
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder salt to taste
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 11-ounce can Mexican-style corn
  • 15-ounce can pinto beans

Begin preparing this meal the night before the day you will eat it. Add the chicken breast and salsa to the slow cooker. Next, stir in the cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, pepper and salt. Cook on low for the next six to eight hours.

The next day, about three to four hours before mealtime, use two forks to shred the chicken breast, then return it to the pot. Next, stir in the pinto beans and corn. Cook on the lowest setting until you are ready to serve it. 

Vegetarian sausage and gnocchi soup

This Italian-styled dish is sure to spice up your weekly menu. Kristen McCaffrey from Slender Kitchen is the mastermind behind this recipe which spotlights the following ingredients.

  • 6 vegetarian sausages, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 20-ounce can diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 10-ounce package gnocchi

Start by combining all ingredients—except the spinach and gnocchi—in the crock pot. Simmer on low for five hours. Add the spinach and gnocchi, then leave it to cook for an additional hour. Serve with Parmesan cheese and parsley, if desired.

Maple pork roast with cinnamon applesauce

The health gurus at New Leaf Wellness get the credit for this delicious comfort food meal. Begin by placing the following ingredients in a slow cooker.

  • 2-pound boneless pork roast
  • 9 small apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

 Cook on Low for 8-10 hours. Shred meat with two forks, then simmer until ready to serve.

Butternut squash, bean and barley stew

Slender Kitchen’s Kristen McCaffrey delivers yet again with a pleasing recipe. A vegetarian-friendly meal never came together so quickly or tastefully than in this dish which requires the following items.

  • 6 cups butternut squash, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup dry kidney beans (or mixed beans)
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley
  • 28-ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder (or Italian seasoning for a non-spicy version)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin (leave out if using Italian seasoning)
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Start the meal by soaking the dry beans overnight in a bowl of water. The next morning, add the beans and the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker. Simmer on low until the beans are tender (about eight hours). Add pepper and salt, to taste. 

These four recipes practically prepare themselves, so you can enjoy spending less time in the kitchen while chowing down on healthier fare.

This article is presented by Jannell Ford in Hanover, Massachusetts.


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