A GUIDE TO SLOW COOKER HEALTHY RECIPES

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Slow-Cooker Recipes Using Herbs And Spices.

A slow-cooker is inexpensive, economical and is a great tool to use to transform budget ingredients into a 5-star style dish. It’s time that you make the most out of your weekends by enjoying flavorful home-cooked meals using your crock-pot.

Here are 3 recipes that use healthy herbs and spices that you can try:

Herb-Crusted Slow Cooker Pot Roast
What you need:

1/2 kg. pot roast, fat trimmed
1/3 cup dry white wine
1 tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. celery salt
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt

Combine basil, thyme, oregano, celery salt, ginger, garlic powder, mustard and black pepper in a small bowl. Set aside. Cut the fat side of the pot roast with 1/4-inch deep slits (1 1/2 inches apart). Rub the spice mixture all over the roast until covered completely. Pour white wine and honey over the top. Cook the pot roast in a crock-pot for 3-4 hours or until tender. Serve with mashed potatoes or with mixed vegetables if desired.

Slow Cooker Chili Chicken

What you need:

3 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
2 cups diced tomatoes
2 cups green salsa
1 3/4 cups cooked corn kernels
1 3/4 cups white beans
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup sliced green chili peppers
1 onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Combine tomatoes, green salsa, corn, beans, chili peppers, onion, oregano, cumin, salt, black pepper and chicken broth in a slow cooker. Stir to combine ingredients well. Place chicken breasts on top of the mixture. Cook in a slow cooker over low heat for 6-8 hours or until chicken flakes easily. When ready, remove chicken, shred completely then return to cooker and stir. Serve warm.

Crock-Pot Spinach Marinara Sauce with Herbs
What you need:

3 1/2 cups peeled and crushed tomatoes
1 3/4 cups sliced mushrooms
1 1/4 cups chopped spinach
1/3 cup grated carrots
3/4 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup olive oil
1 onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
2 1/2 tbsp. crushed red pepper flakes
2 tbsp. dried basil
2 tbsp. dried oregano
2 tbsp. salt

Mix tomatoes, mushroom, spinach, carrots, tomato paste, olive oil, onion, garlic, bay leaves, red pepper flakes, basil, oregano and salt in a crock-pot. Cover and cook over high heat for 3-4 hours. Stir, then cook for 2 hours more over low heat. Pour over cooked pasta and serve immediately.

Forget take-outs for a while – take the time to enjoy a mouth-watering slow-cooked meal with herbs and spices with your family.

Slow-Cooker Recipes For Busy People.

Are you too busy to cook healthy? Think again. Get tricks with slow cooker meals to save you time in the kitchen and on the go. Get your favorite dinner recipes put them on the pot and leave your slow cooker to perfect all the goodness. You will find that having a busy lifestyle works well with slow cooker meals and the result? Hot and healthy dinner for the family!

Beef And Beer Stew With Onions.
Ingredients:

3 pounds lean beef
Stew meat
6 cups sliced onions
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup water
1 tablespoon HERB-OX® beef flavored bouillon granules
1 teaspoon thyme
2 cups dark
Beer, with or without alcohol
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons cornstarch, dissolved in 2 tablespoons water

Procedure:

Heat butter in large skillet and brown the beef. Place browned beef in a slow cooker. Add onions and garlic to skillet and brown lightly; place in slow cooker with beef. Add water, beef granules, thyme, beer, brown sugar, and mustard to slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 5-7 hours. Add cornstarch mixture to stew and continue to cook for 20 minutes, or until thickened. Serves eight.

Barbecued Short Ribs

Ingredients:

6-8 short ribs, about 3 pounds
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 cup water
2 teaspoons
HERB-OX® beef flavored bouillon granules
1 cup hickory smoked barbecue sauce
3tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons cornstarch, dissolved in small amount of water

Procedure:
Over a medium high heat, short brown ribs on all sides using a large skillet. Place ribs in a slow cooker and top with onions. In a bowl, combine water, beef granules, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, and mustard. Pour sauce over ribs. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-7 hours or until tender. Add the cornstarch mixture and continue to cook 20 minutes or until sauce thickens. This serves 4 to 6.

Wild Rice and Chicken Slow Cooker Casserole
Ingredients:
1 pound boneless and skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 cup uncooked wild rice
1 cup shredded carrot
1/2 cup diced onion
1 can cream of chicken & mushroom soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 (4-ounce) cans sliced mushrooms, drained
6 slices HORMEL® Fully Cooked Bacon, crumbled
1 cube HERB-OX® chicken bouillon, dissolved in 1 cup boiling water
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

Procedure:
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Place in 3 to 4-quart slow-cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 6-7 hours or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Make 6 to 8 servings.

Italian Shredded Beef Sandwiches
Ingredients:

1 (21/2-pound) boneless eye of round beef roast
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 (6-ounce) can Italian flavored tomato paste
6 teaspoons HERB-OX® beef flavored bouillon granules
1/2 cup water
12 Kaiser rolls
12 (1-ounce) slices provolone cheese

Procedure:

Place the roast in a 31/2-quart slow cooker. Add onion, tomato paste, bouillon granules, and water. Cover and cook on HIGH 5-6 hours or until meat are tender. Remove roast from the cooker. Using two forks, shred meat. Return meat to the cooker, stirring to coat with sauce. Divide meat evenly among Kaiser rolls. Top with cheese. Serves 12.
Mix tomatoes, mushroom, spinach, carrots, tomato paste, olive oil, onion, garlic, bay leaves, red pepper flakes, basil, oregano and salt in a crock-pot. Cover and cook over high heat for 3-4 hours. Stir, then cook for 2 hours more over low heat. Pour over cooked pasta and serve immediately.

Forget take-outs for a while – take the time to enjoy a mouth-watering slow-cooked meal with herbs and spices with your family.

CONCLUSION.
For folks on low-glycemic diet plans, vegetarians, or anyone who would like to eat healthier, there are a variety of different vegetarian and other healthy crock pot recipes which are delicious and convenient. The beauty of these meals is that you can prepare them in the morning, (or even the night before), throw them into the slow cooker, set it and forget it until lunch or dinner time.

Crock pot recipes are perfect for folks who work during the day, or who have other commitments such as child care or errands to run. In the past, healthy crock pot meals were few and far between as most crock pot recipes included meats high in fat as well as the addition of sugar and salt. Thankfully, slow cooker recipes have come a long way. Healthy slow cooker recipes often include leaner cuts of meat, (or no meat), and a variety of beans and vegetables. Barley, lentils, and dal are also great inclusions to crock pot meals as are a variety of different mushrooms, (especially for vegetarian or vegan dishes).

Coconut milk can be a great substitute for cream, or whole milk and a variety of spices can help replace the salt of other crock pot recipes. For households where one or both parents work, these type of meals allows them to prepare healthy, delicious food for their families, with the ease of standard slow cooker recipes.

And for folks who are on low-glycemic or low-carb diets, healthy slow cooker recipes and often much-needed break from the low-fat cheese, chicken breasts, and nuts they eat most of the time. Rather than bread, potatoes, or pasta, whole grain rice is often a great accompaniment for a variety of different recipes including Asian inspired dishes such as beef and snow peas. If you do decide to serve pasta with your crock pot meals, opt for whole wheat pasta rather than highly process white pasta.

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