Healthy and Easy Meal Prep for Your Slow Cooker

Food: Kitchen Tips

By: // November 16, 2014

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Set it and forget it. You can do healthy and easy meal prep with a slow cooker. It’s the perfect time of year to get out of the cold and stay inside and cook healthy and delicious meals. You also will have more time for your crazy holiday To Do list when you save time on meal prep! Enjoy breakfast, sandwiches and dinner entrees with the simplicity of your slow cooker.

To make life even easier you can prepare all the ingredients the night before and store them in the fridge. Meals can be more flexible and will taste delicious as the slow method of heating can lock in all of the flavors.

Soup: If you want to cuddle up with a delicious bowl of warm soup on a cold day, you have to try my recipe for Low-Cal Southwestern Chicken Soup. 

Chili: Want a little spice in your life? Okay, you gotta try this healthy recipe made with sweet potatoes! Spicy Sweet Potato and Bean chili!

For Lunch: This Barbecued pulled pork recipe is low calorie, low fat, and totally delicious.

For Dinner: the Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken is so versatile! You can literally use the same chicken over and over again after making it feel like its a new meal each time.

For Breakfast: I love this breakfast recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie … Slow Cooker Oatmeal  you can customize and serve to four people.

3 cups water (or milk of choice, for a creamier and richer taste) (720g)
1 cup steel-cut oats (160g)

1/2 tsp plus 1/8 tsp salt

add-ins of choice (scroll further down on the post for ideas)

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker or crock pot, put on the lid, and cook on low heat for three hours. No need to stir or anything until the time is up! If you double the recipe, cook for 5-6 hours on low. For variation ideas on this recipe:

Cinnamon Raisin: add raisins before cooking. Stir in ground cinnamon and sweetener of choice (and butter-type spread if desired) after cooking.

Mounds Bar: add shredded coconut, sweetener, and chocolate chips after cooking. Use coconut milk when it calls for a milk of choice. Slivered almonds optional.

Apple Pie: peel 2 small apples, chop, and add them to the uncooked ingredients along with 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp cinnamon or apple pie spice. After cooking, stir a butter-type spread and sweetener of choice (good choices for this variation include brown sugar or Sucanat or coconut brown sugar) into hot oats.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich: stir 1-2 tbsp peanut butter and 1-2 tbsp jelly into each cooked serving of oatmeal. Pour some milk of choice (such as almond milk) over top just before serving. Everyone knows a pb&j is nothing without the glass of milk!

Get your slow cooker and start making your life easier by setting it and forgetting it!

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Debbie on June 10, 2014 at 1:02 PMReply

Chris and team Can you suggest a good working spiralizer for cooking vegetables? I know you suggested one - but I cannot find which one has good reviews. I'd like to try one for myself. Thanks for all your support I am working out with GRBB now - love it!

    Chris Freytag on July 4, 2014 at 9:37 AMReply

    Debbie - Here you go!

    Chris Freytag on June 11, 2014 at 9:54 AMReply

    YES! I'm obsessed with my Spiralizer! Try it, you are going to LOVE it!!!

Debbie on June 10, 2014 at 1:01 PMReply

Can you suggest a good working vegetable spiralizer? I know you suggested using one - but there are some that just don't have the best reviews. No one I know has used one - and I'd like to try it for myself Thanks for all you do! Working out with GYBB now - love it!

Chris Freytag » Make Your Start Doing Fitness List on January 5, 2013 at 8:21 PMReply

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