You see trying to lose weight isn’t easy, especially with the winter months on the way, the yummy comfort food, and trying to eat healthy isn’t always easy. Especially when you have young kids… So finding recipes I can make that the entire family would like that’s quick and easy is a top priority… Being able to cook in my slow cooker is a huge advantage, yet I can’t find many healthy recipes for it that everyone would like. Hey, finding healthy recipes probably taste better and are more filling than generic Phentermine…
Pulled BBQ Chicken (184 calories per serving!)
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. ancho chile pepper
1 tbsp. tomato paste
2 tsp. ground mustard
3 tbsp. cider vinegar
1 8-ounce can low salt tomato salt
1 tbsp. smoked paprika
1 garlic clove, minced
1 onion, chopped finely
2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp. honey
4 oz. chopped green chiles
Directions: Combine tomato sauce, vinegar, honey, chiles, paprika, ancho, tomato paste, mustard, salt, and Worcestershire in slow cooker and stir until smooth. Add in chicken, garlic, and onion and stir until mixed. Cook until chicken is falling off the bone, about 5 hours on low heat. Allow chicken to cool for 20 minutes on cutting board, and run fork against the grain of the chicken to shred. Return to slow cooker with sauce until combined, then serve! This recipe makes 8 servings.
Tip: Grab whole wheat sandwich wraps, tortillas, or rice and pack up some of this BBQ chicken so you don’t get your fast food fix when you’re at your hungriest!
Slow Cooker Chili (273 calories per cup!)
1 lb. lean ground beef
3/4 cup onion, diced
3/4 cup celery, diced
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced or grated
2 10-oz. cans of tomato sauce
2 cans kidney beans, drained
1 can cannellini beans, drained
1/2 tbsp. chili powder
1/2 tbsp. parsley, chopped
salt & pepper as needed
1 basil leaf, chopped
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. hot sauce
Directions: Brown the ground beef on medium heat on the stove top and drain grease. Place beef, along with celery, green pepper, onion, tomato sauce, garlic, and beans to the slow cooker. Add in chili powder, salt, basil, oregano, parsley, black pepper, onion, and hot sauce. Cook on low heat for 8 hours.
Top with cheddar, sour cream, or scallions if desired. Change it up for lunch and serve on a bed of salad or low-salt tortilla chips. Who says eating healthy has to be a pain?
Apple Confit Delight (98 calories per serving!)
Using a slow cooker to prepare your meals doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a life of soups, stews, and beans. With a little bit of creativity and time you can create this magically delicious that’s perfect for entertaining a large crowd or as a way to reward yourself for a week of eating right!
3 lbs. Granny Smith or Golden Delicious apples
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. real vanilla extract
Directions: Peel apples and slice approximately 1/4 inch thick. Place apples in slow cooker (4 qt. or bigger) and sprinkle in cinnamon and sugar. Stir until apples are coated with sugar-cinnamon mixture. Cover slow cooker and cook apples until they are tender and practically transparent, about 4 to 4.5 hours on low heat. If you’re doing weekend entertaining and want to use this dish, cook on high temperature for about 2 to 2.5 hours. Stir vanilla until mixed and transfer to a bowl to chill. This slow cooker recipe makes 8 servings of about 1/2 cup each.
Tip: Serve with a scoop vanilla ice cream for a perfect end to a tasty slow cooked meal.