13. Slow-Cooker Goan Chicken Coconut Curry – The wholesomeness and simplicity of the ingredients in this dish helps keep it healthy. You can use chicken breast instead for a higher quality protein. The use of turmeric as a spice helps to get your metabolism revved up. Consider using basmati rice instead of plain white rice. It adds its own subtle flavor to the dish and is better for you.
Meatballs work really well in the slow cooker because you can roll them into a ball, drop them in, and then you don’t have to worry about them. They’re usually not the healthiest thing, but these recipes change that so you can add them to a responsible diet.
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14. Saucy Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs – One surefire way to make healthier meatballs is to make them out of meat that isn’t beef. These are made using ground turkey. When selecting ground turkey it’s important to get the lean kind, and avoid any mystery meats that don’t let you know what the fat breakdown is. They suggest adding veggies to this, and we couldn’t agree more.
15. Healthy Crock-Pot Turkey Meatballs – Here are meatballs that look a lot like beef meatballs when they’re done, but aren’t. These also use turkey to mimic the flavor and consistency of ordinary meatballs. The sauce they’ve got these in is very hearty, and they’re using ingredients that you’d definitely find on a traditional meatball recipe. Let the slow cooker do the babysitting on these.
16. 5 Ingredient Crock-Pot Rice Meatballs – Keeping your ingredient list to a minimum is one way to reduce the fat and calorie load of a recipe. We counted them just to make sure, and sure enough there’s only 5 ingredients, plus as much salt and pepper as you’d like to use. They use turkey, and to give it some extra consistency they’ve mixed in brown rice. But don’t worry, the flavor will still be there.
Mexican foods lend themselves nicely to a Crock Pot, and they’re also relatively easy to make wholesome and healthy. Here are enough healthy Mexican recipes to keep your slow cooker humming along, and your weight heading downward.
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17. Shredded Chicken Mexican Pie – Here is a “pie” that covers several bases when it comes to Mexican food. You’ve got some nice shredded chicken for protein, beans for a slow carb that will keep you feeling satisfied for hours. It’s a playful recipe, insisting that you come up with your own concoction of vegetables, giving you plenty of wiggle room to add your favorite. Chicken plus veggies plus beans makes for a healthy dinner.
18. Skinny Beef Enchiladas – It’s not often you see skinny and beef in the same recipe, but beef is a food item you don’t have to shy away from as long as you keep it lean and keep portion sizes in check. Here they’ve incorporated it into a lovely enchilada recipe that uses the slow cooker to make the beef nice and tender. It also has plenty of vegetables in it, and just enough cheese for flavor without the guilt.
19. Cheesy Tex-Mex Chicken – Here’s a recipe that will let you enjoy a cheesy taste, without all of the fat. All that’s required is using a fat-free cream cheese in lieu of the regular kind. You’ll still get the creamy, cheesy consistency they describe, without contributing to the fat content of this recipe. This makes a great choice for those that want their Mexican, but don’t want to get fat from it.
20. Slow Cooker Chicken Black Bean Tacos – The black beans form a nice base for these tacos and when you combine those carbs with the shell, add the chicken in for protein, and add some veggies as toppings, you’re getting a nicely balanced meal that should be very filling. It also packs 8 grams of fiber and 22 grams of protein into 3 tacos, while keeping the calories down to around 300. You gotta love that, unless you’re Taco Bell!
21. Crock-Pot Chicken Taco Meat – Here’s a way to make sure that you’ve got the meat ready for your Chicken Taco Night, without having to worry about it coming out just right. You then add the typical fixings, with an emphasis on keeping them healthy, like fresh tomatoes, cubed avocado, and fresh lettuce. It’s a healthy way to cook up tacos, while using chicken instead of beef, and the slow cooker instead of a fry pan.
22. Crock-Pot Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas – Verde means green, and these chicken enchiladas have a few splashes of green color to earn them the name. The green comes from green salsa that is used, and you don’t have to make it, you buy it in the store. They use Greek yogurt rather than sour cream, so they’re giving you extra protein while cutting down on fat and calories. Nice job!
23. Crock-Pot Sweet and Spicy Chicken Tacos – Usually when you add sweet with spicy the result is something yummy. The spiciness gets your mouth warmed up, and the sweetness has a cooling effect to say it’s all OK. With this recipe the heat comes from chipotles and cayenne pepper as well as some other ingredients. The sweet comes from orange juice and lime juice. A combination that will surely have you adding this to your weekly menu.
24. Not-So-Slow Cooked Chicken Fajitas – Usually when you use the slow cooker it’s an all-day affair. Here’s a recipe that uses your slow cooker, but speeds things up so you’re not waiting around for it to be ready. Fajitas are fun to order in a restaurant, but even better when you can make them at home, especially when it’s easy. These make a nice rounded meal when you eat them with a side of rice or wrapped up in a whole wheat tortilla.
We all know oatmeal is a good start to the day, but it’s not the easiest thing in the world to make, unless you zap some instant oats in the microwave. Here are healthy ways to make oatmeal that are better for you than instant.
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