The colder and colder it gets, the less many people want to cook. If you’ve got a crockpot, though, you can have dinner ready nearly as soon as you step in the door. Here are a few hearty (and healthy!) crockpot meals to help keep you warm this winter.
Beef and Broccoli
At one time, this was only a wok or a frying pan staple. Now, you can prep it and forget it in your crockpot! You can make this Asian staple with any lean beef, fresh broccoli (which is currently in season,) oyster sauce, soy sauce, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Throw them all into your crockpot and leave to cook for a few hours.
For the best beef and broccoli experience, serve over a bed of rice. If you’re watching your carbs, try serving the beef and broccoli alongside some brown rice, which you can either cook when you get home or prep the night before. Are you worried about the cost of the beef? Often, grocery stores have cheap meat that’s almost about to expire on sale in the early morning. If you want to get a good deal on some cheap meat, the first few hours that a grocery store or meat counter is open is prime time.
It wouldn’t be a list of slow cooker meals without including chili! This protein-packed meal can contain meat, be meat-free, include vegan meat substitutes, or have whatever else your diet requires. Not only is this an easy enough meal to make, since it just needs you to brown meat if necessary and then add the rest of the ingredients, it also makes for a great meal that you can freeze and forget. You can easily pair slow-cooker chili with a base of rice, pasta, or even a baked potato or two, making it a versatile addition to any kitchen!
Kale and Turkey Soups
There are so many variations of turkey and kale soup that it’s easy to find something you might like! Italian wedding soups, turkey meatball soups, and kale soups with a cream base, like Zuppa Toscana, are all possible with the simple combination of ingredients. Kale, being full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, as well as low on calories, makes for a beautiful slow cooker meal. Turkey, although a bit pricier than some other options, is a healthy meat addition to any recipe. Don’t like the flavor or texture of turkey meat? You can replace it with beef or sausage, depending on the recipe.
In the mood for some spicy food? You don’t have to order takeout! Try making a curry in your crockpot for an easy, filling meal.
Curry is a flavorful addition to any kitchen. While coconut curries are the most popular crockpot curry variety, you can also try chicken curry, Jamaican curry, or a wide range of other alternatives! Try serving your crockpot curry over a bed of Basmati rice, which you can either prep in advance or make when you return home. Want some extra vegetables? Throw some mushrooms, cauliflower, or squash into the mix to help you get your five servings a day in!
You don’t have to pull out the grill for these recipes! Make easy barbecue chicken, barbecue pork shoulder, and other hard-to-cook meats, all from the comfort of your kitchen. With these barbecued meats, try making barbecue sandwiches, tortilla soups, and other hearty, warm meals. All you need is some meat, some barbecue sauce or liquid smoke, and six-to-eight hours of completely uninterrupted time in the crockpot.
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