When I think of crock pot cooking, I think of comfort food — the rich and thick, stick to your ribs (and thighs) kind of meals that grandma used to make. Those meals were delicious but not always nutritious. It is possible, however, to make healthy meals in a crock pot with just a few tweaks on your favorite classic recipes. What if you could skip the drive through and come to home to a hot and healthy home-cooked meal? That’s just what you can do with the commuter mom’s guide to healthy crock pot cooking. So keep reading for some helpful tips!
It’s not always easy for modern moms to put a hot and healthy dinner on the table, especially if we have long work days, lengthy commutes and after-school activities. Too often we resign ourselves to fast food because the thought of cooking when we finally make it home is simply too daunting. This is where your crock pot comes to the rescue!
Soups and Stews
You can’t go wrong with hearty soups and stews in the colder months of the year.
Kids love homemade chicken noodle soup, but all that pasta can be heavy or cause issues if your family has gluten intolerance. Try this chicken and vegetable soup as a healthier alternative. Chock full of lean protein and veggies, your kids won’t even miss the noodles!
Chili is another classic favorite the whole family can enjoy. Adding sweet potatoes and swapping out ground beef for ground turkey makes this sweet potato chili recipe a healthy homerun.
Classic spaghetti is a quick and easy dish that can be thrown together without a crock pot, but if you want to swap pasta out for spaghetti squash, it’s a long arduous process, right? Not if you use your crock pot!
Did you know that instead of fighting to cut that big squash in half and baking it for an hour in the oven, you can poke a few holes in it and throw it in the crock pot? Yep! Just pop it into the crock pot with ½ a cup of water and cook it on low for 8 hours. Your squash will be perfectly cooked by the time you get home and ready for your favorite toppings!
Toss in a few boneless chicken breasts, pork roast, or beef round and you’ve got yourself a base for a variety of healthy meals. Shred the chicken and turn it into buffalo chicken lettuce wraps. Add BBQ sauce to your pulled pork for sandwiches or give it a Mexican flair and serve up tacos. Pull that beef apart and prepare an Italian beef sandwich that will become the new family favorite.
You don’t have to stick with classic comfort food in your crock pot, you can enjoy ethnic food creations as well. Try this honey ginger chicken recipe paired with freshly steamed broccoli and brown rice for a healthy meal.
With this guide to healthy crock pot cooking, you are now Super Mom — you can work, take care of the kids and provide healthy hot meals in a single bound! If only you could fly, then you wouldn’t have that commute. Oh well, at least dinner’s taken care of!
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