You can make healthy meals in your crock pot that are tasty and good for you without sacrificing a thing. One myth that is not true is people tend to believe that preparing meals for the crock pot can be hard work and takes too much time. If you are one to believe this, you won’t after reading what we have for you. You and your family will certainly enjoy these healthy meals that we are about to share with you.
Chicken Cacciatore is the first healthy crock pot meal we would like to tell about. The meaning of the word cacciatore in Italian has to do with a hunter. When you combine tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, herbs, bell pepper and maybe some wine in a kitchen, they refer this meal preparation as “hunter style” which what cacciatore is.
To start with you are going to need three pounds of chicken thighs without the skin, but leave the bone in. Half a cup of chicken both, six ounces of canned tomato paste, 14 ounces of diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning. If you would like to step it up a notch, go ahead and add three cloves of minced garlic, chopped bell peppers and some sliced onions. For the finishing touches, add a quater cup of red, dry wine and then season with some salt and pepper.
Once you have everything preped and gathered together, place all the ingredients in your crock pot. Cover and set the crock pot to low and cook for 6 – 8 hours. That was pretty easy, wasn’t it? A good way to serve this would be over rice or your favorite style pasta.
This next healthy crock pot meal is sure to satisfy your taste buds. It is called the slow cooker pork roast and vegetables. This meal is made up of pork sirloin roast with vegetables, some apple butter and all spice.
To begin this simple to make and healthy slow cooker dish, you will need three pounds of boeless pork sirloin roast, four sweet potatos, two acorn squash, a tablespoon of corn starch and three tablespoons of prepared horseradish. To add a unique flavor to your meal, take a half of teaspoon of ground all spice, a half of cup of apple butter and a quater of a teaspoon of pepper.
OK, let’s start cooking. In a heavy skillet, heat up some oil, then lay in the pork roast. You are going to want turn the pork roast from time to time, we are only looking to brown all sides. This will seal in the juices of the pork roast. As the pork roast is browning, cut up the squash into 8 wedges making sure that you clean out all of the seeds.
Next, you are going to want to cut up the sweet potatos into chuncks and place them along with the squash evenly in the bottom of the crock pot. Do not peel the sweet potatos. Then take the browned pork roast and place it on top of the sweet potatos.
Take the remainder of the ingredients, which are the cornstarch, apple butter, all spice, horseradish and pepper and mix them together. Then, incorporate the mixture in your crock pot with the other ingredients. Turn on the crock pot, cover and simmer for seven to nine hours until the vegetables and the pork roast are tender.
So, here we just showed how to prepare a couple of beautiful, full of flavor, healthy crock pot meals that will surely be a hit with your family. This should also change antones ways as far as healthy meals go. Now, you can serve your family a great home cooked meal instead of a microwaveable one. The nice part about these meals are they are fast to prepare, you start them in the morning, which means you don’t have to cook when dinner time comes rolling around.