Hearty Crockpot Recipes for the Healthy Eater

The joy of slow cooking your food is that you only have to throw in the ingredients in a crockpot, leave it for a few hours then you’ll be able to enjoy a fulfilling meal. A slow cooker brings out the flavor of food. It also tenderizes less expensive cuts of meat, so you don’t have to spend much to enjoy a five-star dish!

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

What you need:

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes with green chile peppers
  • 2 cups salsa verde
  • 2 cups white beans
  • 1 3/4 cups corn kernels
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Mix together onion, diced tomatoes with green chile peppers, salsa verde, white beans, corn, chicken broth, oregano and cumin in a crockpot. Stir until ingredients are well-combined. Place chicken breasts on top of the mixture. Cover and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 6-8 hours. When ready, remove chicken from the crockpot. Shred, return to crockpot and stir.

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Slow Cooker Cheesy Seafood Dip

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup processed cheese food
  • 1/2 cup cooked lobster, flaked
  • 1/2 cup cooked crabmeat, flaked
  • 1/2 cup cooked small shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons seafood seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 loaf 1/2-inch thick French bread, lightly toasted

Mix together sour cream, processed cheese food, lobster, crabmeat, shrimp and cream cheese in a crockpot. Cover and cook on low until cheese is melted, about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add seafood seasoning and Worcestershire sauce to the mixture then mix to combine ingredients well. Serve with toasted French bread.

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Slow Cooker Sausage Fiesta

What you need:

  • 1 kilogram smoked sausage, sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 kilogram green beans, trimmed and sliced in half
  • 1/4 kilogram red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Place sausage, green beans, potatoes, onion, water, butter, vegetable oil, salt and ground black pepper in a crockpot. Toss to coat and to mix ingredients well. Cover and cook for 45 mins to 1 hour or until sausage is cooked through and vegetables are tender.

Cook these hearty yet nutritious crockpot recipes for a surely satisfying meal!

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