Healthy Crock Pot Recipes For People That Hate To Cook

healthy crock pot recipesI love to cook (cleaning is different story).  But I know that not everyone shares my affection for the kitchen.  Even if you straight up hate to cook, these healthy crock pot recipes are a snap.

I get the crock pot going nearly every Sunday morning and by the time dinner comes around I not only have a delicious meal that evening, but plenty of left overs for the week ahead.

All you have to do is toss in your ingredients, set the dial to either low or high (I almost always use low), and then wait.  Yeah, the waiting tends to be the hardest part, especially when the deliciousness starts to waft through the air…

Before I get too hungry, check out four of my best healthy crock pot recipes:

Healthy Crock Pot Recipes: Paleo Meatballs In Red Sauce

Ingredients:

Sauce:

  • 1 large can diced tomatoes.
  • 1 small can tomato sauce.
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped.
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped.
  • 2 tbs Italian seasoning.

Meatballs:

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients listed for the meatballs.  Mix the ingredients together with your hands (get messy!) and form the mixture into balls roughly the size of a golf ball.
  2. Add all ingredients for the sauce into the crock pot.  Stir together with a large spoon.
  3. Brown the balls on a nonstick pan or lightly oiled skillet (use olive oil).  Place the browned balls into the crock pot with the sauce.
  4. Cook on low for 8 – 9 hours.  Serve with spaghetti squash or simply eat with a side salad.

Healthy Crock Pot Recipes: Basic Beef Stew

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 lbs. grass fed stew beef.
  • 1/4 lb redskin potatoes, chopped (optional).
  • 1 can diced tomatoes.
  • 1 can beef broth.
  • 1/2 cup green beans.
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped.
  • 3 ribs of celery, chopped.
  • 2 carrots, chopped.
  • 2 tbs chili powder.
  • 1 tbs cayenne pepper.
  • 1/2 tbs paprika.
  • 1 tbs Italian seasoning.
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes.
  • 1 tsp black pepper.
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced.

Directions:

  1. Place the stew beef into the crock pot.  Season liberally with salt and pepper.
  2. Pour in the undrained can of tomatoes.  Add the onion, celery, carrots, green beans, and potatoes.
  3. Add the spices and other remaining ingredients.  Stir the contents of the crock pot a few times to mix things up.  Cook on low for 8 – 9 hours and enjoy.

Healthy Crock Pot Recipes: Sweet & Sour Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 lbs. of skinless boneless free range chicken thighs.
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped.
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped.
  • 1 can pineapple in juice, juice separated.
  • 1 tbs apple cider vinegar.
  • 1 tbs tamari sauce or coconut aminos.
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced.
  • 1 tbs minced ginger.
  • 4 dried cayenne peppers.
  • Green onions, chopped to taste.

Directions:

  1. Add the onion, red bell pepper, pineapple chunks, and cayenne peppers to the bottom of the crock pot.
  2. Place the chicken on top of the previous ingredients and season liberally with salt and pepper.
  3. Combine the pineapple juice, apple cider vinegar, tamari sauce, garlic, and minced ginger in a mixing cup.  Pour the mixture over the chicken.
  4. Cook on low for 8 – 9 hours.  Sprinkle the green onions on top of the finished chicken and serve.

Healthy Crock Pot Recipes: Mexican-style Pot Roast

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs grass fed beef roast.
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped.
  • 3 jalapeño peppers, chopped.
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped.
  • Juice of 2 limes.
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes.
  • 2 tbs cumin.
  • 1/2 tbs cayenne pepper.
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • 6 oz. Mexican beer (optional).

Directions:

  1. Place roast into crock pot and season liberally with salt and pepper.
  2. Add cumin, cayenne pepper, and red pepper flakes, followed by the lime juice, garlic, and tomatoes.
  3. Add the onions and jalapeños over the roast and pour in the beer if you are so inclined.
  4. Set crock pot on low for 8 – 9 hours.  Pull roast apart with two forks.  Serve immediately and save left overs.

So there you go!  Four simple and delicious healthy crock pot recipes (even if you hate to cook).  For my favorite source of grass fed beef and other high quality meats delivered right to your door, be sure to check out Slanker Grass-fed Meats.

Stay strong,

Vic

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