Healthy crock pot recipes

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If you are like me and love the idea of cutting up a few ingredients, putting them in a pot, and then not worrying about them for hours, then crock pots are for you!

I fist discovered the power of the crock pot when I got a house in college. You can make a ton of food which can last you for the week on a low budget. Not to mention, your house will smell amazing because it can simmer all day.

At first I struggled with finding healthy crock pot options because so many of the recipes I found involved using cheese and creams. But finally I found some that fit my diet and lifestyle. Check them out below!

Slow Cooker Squash Lasagna

This lasagna recipe has a seasonal and healthy twist, using squash, whole wheat noodles and a relatively small amount of mozzarella. For more traditional lasagna, replace squash and sage mixture with a 25 oz. jar of your favorite pasta sauce. See my recipe for slow cooker spinach lasagna for more info.

Makes 4-6 servings

  • 1 package of regular whole wheat lasagna noodles (I’ve used the “no boil” kind in the slow cooker too and both that and regular noodles work, so use whatever you have on hand)
  • 2 10-oz. packages of frozen pureed squash or 2 cups of fresh pureed squash*
  • ½ teaspoon of dried rubbed sage
  • 1 15-oz. container of part skim ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup of milk
  • ¼ cup of parmesan, grated
  • ¼ – ½ cup of part skim mozzarella, shredded
  • A few handfuls of spinach (optional)
Note: you don’t have to add extra water. The slow cooker steams the noodles just fine on its own.

 

Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chicken
Serves 6
Ingredients
  1. 2 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs, cut into cubes
  2. 5 large carrots, peeled and diced
  3. 1 medium onion, peeled and quartered
  4. 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  5. 1 large bell pepper, seeded and chopped (I used a green pepper)
  6. 1 (5 oz ) can tomato paste
  7. 1 (14 oz) can coconut milk
  8. 1 1/2 tsp salt
  9. 1 tbsp curry powder
  10. 1 tbsp garam masala
  11. 1 jalapeno, seeded and halved OR 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  12. 2 tbsp water
  13. 1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch

    Healthy Crockpot Mini Turkey Quinoa Meatballs

    YIELD: MAKES 40-50 MINI MEATBALLS

    PREP TIME: 30 MINUTES

    COOK TIME: 6 HOURSTOTAL TIME: 6.5 HOURS

    ingredients:

    1 pound 99% lean ground turkey breast
    1 pound 94% lean ground turkey
    2/3 cup cooked quinoa (preferably cooked in flavored stock)
    3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
    1 large egg, lightly beaten
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 tablespoons finely grated romano cheese
    2 teaspoons dried basil
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon pepper
    1 large sweet onion, sliced into thin rounds
    2 (28 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes

    Cheers,

    G vs. G

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