Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes

New Years Resolutions are in full swing - gyms are packed and diets are all the rage. Between all of your goals for the new year, who has time to think about feeding oneself? Enter the crock pot, your new best friend. Throw a few things in your slow cooker in the morning and come home to a hot, delicious, healthful meal that will keep you from grabbing that bag of potato chips immediately after getting home. Here are 10 of our favorites that will keep you satisfied, healthy, and happy!

BEEF ROAST

Mmmm. Meat just falls apart after being slow-cooked! Just like your mom used to make. Recipe via Creme de la Crumb here

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TACOS AL PASTOR

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Image via Gimme Some Oven

You heard me: TACOS. Recipe via Gimme Some Oven here

CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

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Image via Cooking Classy

Perfect when you want some classic comfort food. An easy dish to make to help those winter colds you know are coming. Recipe via Cooking Classy here

HEALTHY CHILI

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Image via Savory Nothings

Keep this one in your back pocket for your Superbowl party. Not only a classic dish for this time of year, it's a healthy alternative to all of those fried snacks you munch on while watching the game. Recipe via Savory Nothings here

WHITE BEAN CHICKEN CHILI VERDE

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Image via Maebells

Not a red meat fan? No problem! Try this lighter, yet still filling, version of chili. It's gluten-free too, for those with allergies. Recipe via Maebells here

RED LENTIL DAL

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Image via Cafe Johnsonia

Gone completely veg or vegan? This red lentil dal is perfect, as it is filling and has a hefty portion of spices to keep you excited. Try it out for meatless Monday, omnivores! Recipe via Cafe Johnsonia here

KOREAN SHORT RIB TACOS

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Image via Carpe Season

I'll admit, I have a bit of a taco obsession (but who doesn't?). Try these out for a bit of flair in your week. Recipe via Carpe Season here

THAI CHICKEN SOUP

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Image via foodiecrush

Needing a bit more spice in your chicken soup that the traditional American version has to offer? Try this yummy Thai version that features red curry paste and peanut butter. Omnomnom. Recipe via foodiecrush here.  

BEEF STEW

Another classic, perfect for those chilly winter snaps. Chock full of veggies, too! Recipe via Whole and Heavenly Oven here

HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE

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If you have not had homemade applesauce yet, do yourself a favor and put it on your to-do list ASAP. Store-bought simply pales in comparison. A snack of toasty warm applesauce will satisfy any sugar craving that might hit you. Recipe via The Healthy Maven here

Let us know some of your favorites in the comments! Happy low-maintenance cooking! 
-Amanda

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Looking for a few new recipes to try out this Thanksgiving? Check out our picks, from salty to savory and new takes on old favorites. 

STUFFED PORTOBELLO MUSHROOMS

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A friend brought stuffed portobello mushrooms with bacon to our Thanksgiving feast a few years ago, and I'm still thinking about them! Considering squash and I don't get along, this veg-friendly option with goat cheese is a great alternative. Serve them as an appetizer while the turkey is cooking! (via Blogging Over Thyme)

CITRUS AVOCADO SALAD

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Image via Tori Avey

This salad will forever mean the holidays to me - my grandmother always serves it on Thanksgiving. For a simple version, use peeled grapefruit, sliced avocado, and pomegranate seeds topped with a balsamic vinaigrette. (via Tori Avey

ROASTED GARLIC BRUSSELS SPROUTS

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Image via Damn Delicious

I know brussels sprouts are all the rage, but have you tried them with bacon?! Even the pickiest eater will eat their green veggies. (via Damn Delicious)

ROSEMARY GARLIC HASSLEBACK POTATOES

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I love potatoes. Any shape and form: mashed, fried, baked, roasted. The boyfriend? Not so much. Something about the texture of mashed potatoes and him don't mix, but he'll eat anything that's crispy. That's where these gorgeous garlic rosemary potatoes come in. They're a great alternative to mashed potatoes and you don't have to worry about the extra step of adding gravy! It keeps us both happy, and me in carbs. (via Feasting At Home)

ORANGE BOURBON CRANBERRY SAUCE

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Image via Gimme Some Oven

I have never, nor will I ever, serve canned cranberry sauce. It's just not my thing. Fresh cranberry sauce however, is my jam (or... sauce). Considering making it is so darn easy, a few years ago I tried this snazzed up version and it rocked my world. You can also serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to go with pie for dessert for that WOW factor. (via Gimme Some Oven)

Happy cooking!
-Amanda

Easy Summer Party appetizer idea

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Check out our favorite easy party appetizer for summer. This simple appetizer is delicious and super easy to make. It is a real crowd pleaser.  Who doesn't love cream cheese?  Wow your friends at our next get together with your culinary skills!  

Here is Nicole's Recipe for Cucumber Cream Cheese Bites. 

Ingredients: Long English Cucumbers (or regular), Cream Cheese, Ranch Dressing, Scallions, Paprika, and Dill

1. Cut each cucumber into 3/4 inch disks.  Using a melon baller or spoon, scoop out the middle of the cucumber. 

2. Use cream cheese that has been brought to room temp, so it is soft.  Put the cream cheese into a bowl with 1 tsp. dill, and 2 tbsp. ranch dressing.  Mix and taste.  You can always add more ranch dressing! 

3. Using a pastry bag (if you are fancy) or just a spoon, fill the cucumber cups until they are slightly over the rim.  

4. Garnish with chopped scallions.  Plate up and sprinkle with paprika and dill for color and flavor.  Viola! Easy and delicious! 

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