A Healthy Crockpot Meal Plan For Total Comfort Food


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There is a lot of discussion about healthy Crockpot meals these days, with people everywhere trying to find out how to live a healthier lifestyle and make tasty and satisfying meals. I have seen a lot of questions on various message boards about whether or not slow cooking methods are difficult. For those of you that may be unfamiliar with this term, I will explain it here briefly before I go into my opinion on the matter. A slow cooker is a device that has a heating element (usually a heating coil) that is placed under the lid of the pot. The idea behind the slow cook method is that you can spend more time creating flavorful dishes rather than waiting for the food to be cooked in its own time.

What Is Crockpot Cooking?

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This type of cooker is ideal for making stews, soups, meats, and other main dish items that do not require you to take your dish directly to the table. That way you can sit down and enjoy a warm bowl of soup or your dinner without having to worry about sacrificing your schedule. There is a great deal of controversy over whether or not healthy crockpot meals are better than the traditional methods of boiling and roasting. Some people claim that the liquids in the meal lose moisture and taste differently; others say the opposite. I am going to try and answer the question for you on both sides of the debate.

On one side of the argument, you have those who say healthy crockpot meals retain their taste and do not lose nutrients while in the slow cooker. These people include me in this group. I am a big proponent of eating healthy and keeping my body as hydrated as possible. I also realize that you cannot bring the food directly to the table if you are having trouble getting your veggies home to keep them fresh and tasty.

Recipes

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Another camp believes that healthy crockpot meals are easier to make and can taste better than conventional cooking methods. This camp also includes me. If you read through some of the more popular slow cooker recipes you will find many versions that list chicken or vegetables as the main ingredients. In my opinion, you can always throw in whatever you want to create your signature dish. The recipes you find online may look good but the fact is you can make something that tastes good as well.

With that said, let’s get to some healthy crockpot freezer meals. If you are looking for something easy to make and healthy, try the shredded chicken. Slice up a healthy serving of chicken and add it to any slow cooker recipe you like. This includes taco-style tacos, nachos, stews, chili, or salads. If you want something with a little more flavor, add some onions, bell pepper, and cilantro. You can season the shredded chicken with any kind of spices you wish.

Another one of my favorite healthy crockpot meals comes to me from a recipe I found online. It called for slow cooking time on high until tender, then I added some onions, green peppers, garlic, bell pepper, then cumin. Then, for the finishing touches, I threw in some fresh salsa and some chopped tomatoes. This meal was a huge hit and now, whenever I am bored at work, I can just go to this post and have some delicious food waiting for me when I get home from work.

Another great meal I would include in my healthy crockpot meals is a healthy bean soup recipe. This one calls for either refried beans, kidney beans, or chickpeas. Then, you throw in any type of cheese and any type of dried fruit you desire. Then, cook your total comfort food and enjoy it, feeling like you have taken a whole new approach to a classic American meal.

So, if you are looking for some healthy recipes to put into your crockpot meal plan, try some of these easy-to-make ideas. You can find a variety of other delicious recipes in an assortment of different flavors on the internet as well. Just remember, slow cook time will give you all the flavor you need without any fuss. You’ll be glad you did once you have finished cooking!

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