Savory and healthy slow cooker recipes

By: Health Local Staff Jan 15, 2014
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Savory and healthy slow cooker recipes

Using a slow cooker can help you prepare healthy meals in a fraction of the time.

The secret weapon to slimming down and eating healthy foods is the slow cooker. It is the busy woman's secret to success. Eating light does not mean slaving in the kitchen. In fact, using a slow cooker can help you prepare healthy meals at a fraction of the time.

Below are some savory and healthy slow cooker recipes:

Multi-Grain Pasta and Eggplant Marinara

Ingredients

  • 1 whole eggplant
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can of mushrooms, chopped and drained
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 1/2 c red wine dry
  • 1/2 c water
  • 3 chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • Whole grain penne pasta
  • 1/2 c parmesan cheese - shredded

Preparation
Wash and peel the eggplant and cut into small cubes. In a regular-sized slow cooker or crock pot, add the eggplant, onion, tomatoes, paste, mushrooms, wine, water, garlic, and oregano.

Cover with a lid and set the slow cooker to low, or at the 8-hour setting. You can also set to cook on high for 4 hours.

When complete, add parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour the marinara sauce over cooked pasta and sprinkle with cheese. Your dish is ready to serve and there are less than 350 calories per serving.

Ginger Beef and Veggies

Ingredients

  • 1-2 pounds of boneless beef round steak, fat trimmed off, and cut into small cubes
  • 4 large carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 c chopped scallions
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 and 1/2 c water
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • Red pepper, crushed to taste
  • 3 tbsp or more cornstarch, for thickening
  • 3 tbsp cold water
  • 1 chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 c frozen snap peas
  • Cooked brown rice

Preparation
Add the beef, veggies, and garlic in the slow cooker. In a bowl, add the next five ingredients. Mix well and pour over the meat and veggie mixture in the slow cooker.

Cover with a lid and cook on low for 9 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.

In a small bowl add the cornstarch, cold water and pour over the mixture in the crock pot about midway through the cooking process. Add the red bell pepper approximately thirty minutes before the end of the cook time. Stir in the snap peas at this time as well and serve over rice. One serving is 350 calories.

Delectable Cajun Shrimp

Ingredients

  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 large can of chicken broth
  • 1 c chopped white onions
  • 1 c chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 pack of long grain rice, or brown rice
  • 1/2 c tap water
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced and chopped
  • Cajun seasoning to taste
  • 1-2 pounds of washed, cooked, shelled and deveined shrimp

Preparation
In a slow cooker add the tomatoes, broth, onions, pepper, rice mix, water, garlic and Cajun seasoning. Cover with the lid and set on low for about five to six hours. Cooking on high is an option for three hours.

After the cook time is complete, add the shrimp into the rice mixture. Cover and allow to cook for another 15 minutes, or slightly longer. Sprinkle with hot sauce or pepper as desired. One serving is 225 calories.

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