Easy & Healthy Crockpot Recipes

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I love my crockpot. I just love it so much! Especially during the cooler months, because I’m a HUGE fan of chili! A crockpot is like a mom’s best friend, because you basically add ingredients, stir, turn it on, and come back in 4-6 hours and your meal is done to perfection. Who wouldn’t love that?

 

I didn’t truly appreciate the wonderful qualities my crockpot had to offer until I had kids, because before kids, I had no problem spending time in the kitchen, cooking a fancy meal, setting a table, pouring fancy wine… You get the picture. But now, my life is HECTIC. I CRAVE EASY, FAST & HEALTHY. So, that’s where my crockpot comes in!

 

I use my crockpot for many things, but these three recipes are my go-to. I use it for parties & gatherings, days where I know I won’t be able to get in the kitchen much and when it’s cold out. (I mean, in Florida, it’s rarely cold. So when it’s below 60, I whip out this bad-boy and stir up some turkey chili!)

 

  1. Salsa chicken

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BY FAR, one of the tastiest and simplest recipes EVER. I’m not one for crazy recipes, with tons of seasonings or ingredients because let’s face it, it’s not practical for an on-the-go mompreneur.

 

 

Ingredients:

2lbs uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 jar organic salsa
2 cups cheddar (or Mexican blend) cheese
3 bell peppers
1 chopped onion
(paprika, chipotle seasoning, salt & pepper to taste)

 

Directions: Place chicken in crockpot, top with salsa and sprinkle with half of the cheese. Cook on high for two hours. Preheat oven to 400. Chop bell pepper and onion and place in baking dish, and transfer the chicken and salsa mixture from the crockpot into the baking dish. Top with the rest of the cheese and bake for 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted. (I enjoy this with just the veggies, but feel free to add some rice!)

 

 

  1. Turkey chili

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This makes my house smell so unbelievably good while it’s cooking for eight hours!

 

 

Ingredients:


1 chopped yellow onion
1 diced medium red bell pepper
3 cloves of minced garlic
1lb cooked extra lean ground turkey (can use ground beef or chicken, 93%+)
4tns chili powder
2tsp ground cumin
1tsp dried oregano
1/4tsp cayenne pepper
1/2tsp salt (more or less to taste)
1 (28oz) can diced tomatoes (I prefer no salt added)
1 ¼ cup chicken broth
2 (15oz) cans dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed (I prefer no salt added)
1 (15oz) can sweet corn, drained and rinsed (can use one bag of frozen corn)
Toppings to taste: cheese, avocado, tortilla chips, cilantro, pico de gallo
(I prefer my homemade whole wheat tortilla crisps and avocado!)

Directions: Place all ingredients into the crockpot and mix lightly. Cook on low for eight hours or high for six hours. I tend to stir occasionally because it smells so good! (Add seasonings to taste, I tend to go less seasoning because I try to avoid salt.) Enjoy with whatever toppings you’d like!

 

 

  1. Chicken fajitas

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This is my favorite “party” recipe for when I’m entertaining. Start this in the morning, let it cook throughout the day, and enjoy in the evening!

 

 

Ingredients:

2lbs uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 (10oz) can diced tomatoes with green chilies (I prefer no salt added)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 red, 1 orange and one green bell pepper, julienned
1 yellow onion, sliced
2tsp chili powder

2tsp ground cumin
1tsp paprika

1tsp salt (to taste)

1/2tsp black pepper

2tbs fresh lime juice

1tbs honey
Directions: Pour half the can of diced tomatoes in the crockpot, spread evenly. Place half of the chopped peppers and onions, sprinkle half of the garlic and place chicken in. Sprinkle the seasoning mixture over the chicken (chili powder, paprika, cumin salt & pepper) then top with the rest of the tomatoes, bell pepper and onion. Cover and cook on low for six to eight hours, or high three to four hours. Remove chicken (once chicken is fully cooked and veggies are tender), shred chicken and ladle out a cup or two of broth from the crockpot and discard. Mix lime juice and honey in a small bowl, then add to crockpot along with the shredded chicken. Give a good toss of everything combined and enjoy! (Can use whole wheat tortillas and add toppings of your choice. I like to use this recipe for a rice bowl, adding a little wild rice on the side OR whole wheat tortilla chips!)

Melissa

Melissa Morreale

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Melissa is a fitness guru with a passion for inspiring others to be their best. As a certified personal trainer, PiYo Live instructor & aspiring bikini athlete, she’s well-rounded in all aspects of health & wellness. She’s an advocate for “bikini after babies” and helping women regain control of their bodies/health- educating, guiding and motivating them to be at their healthiest. Your body loves you, so love it in return!

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