Tag: slow cooker

5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, September 14, 2016

For the past decade, I’ve been getting by with a $25 smallish slow cooker that I purchased from the grocery store. Recently I relocated, leaving my kitchen gadgets — including said slow cooker — behind, “forcing” me to buy a new one. Now I am thrilled to be sporting a slow cooker fit with a cook setting that automatically switches to warming mode after the cooking time has elapsed. Game changer. That was $49 well spent.

With fall comes peak sweet potato season. This dish highlights the savory side of this root vegetable, brimming with loads of vitamin A in the form of beta carotene, plus potassium and vitamin C. I opt for orange-fleshed taters because, to me, the presentation of a white sweet potato just doesn’t have the same panache.

I prefer to use chicken thighs with the bone in (skin removed, of course) in slow-cooked dishes because the result is juicy, tender pieces of meat. The natural gelatin from within the bones lends itself to a simplified bone broth — so good you’ll be sipping it from a spoon.

Toss these simple ingredients into the slow cooker and be on your way. Just a few hours later, return to your kitchen filled with a warm, mouthwatering aroma. Read more

Slow-Cooker Cabbage, Potatoes and Bacon

by in Healthy Recipes, March 1, 2016

You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy cabbage with potatoes, and while this is a great dish for St. Patrick’s Day, you can also enjoy it year-round.

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Which Cooker is Best for Your Kitchen?

by in Healthy Tips, February 18, 2016

Looking to get cooking with a countertop gadget? You can create dozens of healthy dishes with these convenient and affordable options; find out which is the best fit for your kitchen.

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Slow-Cooker Sorghum Bowls for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

by in Healthy Recipes, January 29, 2016

Move over, quinoa. There’s a “hot” new whole grain in town — sorghum! And, with its nutty taste and slightly chewy texture, antioxidant-rich sorghum has quickly become one of my favorite healthy and nourishing gluten-free grains to experiment with in the kitchen.

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Slow-Cooker Vegetable Lasagna

by in Healthy Recipes, January 11, 2016

Busy families, this lasagna recipe is for you. I crave the comfort of homemade lasagna this time of year, but I dislike the lengthy assembly time that often accompanies the dish. For equal taste with a fraction of the work, try a slow-cooker version instead.

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5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Chili with Beef and Kidney Beans

by in Healthy Recipes, September 10, 2015

With game-watching parties, tailgating and fall festivals here, a hearty meal centered around piping-hot chili is always a crowd-pleaser. In the past, I’ve created chili recipes with complex ingredient lists, but this version has only five simple ingredients. I find that after I sprinkle on my favorite toppings — avocado, fresh lime juice and whole-corn tortilla chips made with expeller-pressed oil — there isn’t much of a difference in taste. The prep time, however, is noticeably shorter. And this dish uses more kidney beans than beef, helping you improve on plant-based eating efforts. The secret to the chili’s rich sauciness is mashing half of the kidney beans. Read more

7 Healthy Slow-Cooker Recipes Perfect for Winter

by in Healthy Recipes, January 20, 2015


It’s the best time of year for warm and cozy slow-cooker recipes. Keep things healthy for snacks, mains, sides and even dessert with these make-ahead creations.

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18 Healthy Slow-Cooker Recipes

by in Healthy Recipes, October 30, 2013

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Comforting meat and poultry dishes aren’t the only meals perfect for slow cookers. How about vegetarian fare, soups and desserts too? The possibilities are endless!

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The Veggie Table: Slow-Cooker Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Ideas

by in Uncategorized, March 19, 2013

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I’ve waxed poetic before about my love for the slow cooker, a kitchen appliance I always assumed was used by beefy stew lovers or chicken soup eaters and not vegetarians. But in the last few months, I’ve come to learn that the slow cooker has been a lifesaver that helps me throw together vegan and vegetarian meals in a flash. Once I became comfortable with my slow cooker (which took no time at all), I started experimenting with more than just soups and stews. I made baked oatmeal for breakfast, rice and beans for quick lunches, and a plethora of dinners. Here are some set-it-and-forget-it breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas for you to try in your slow cooker.

Breakfast:

  • This cranberry pumpkin oatmeal cake can be prepped the night before so you wake up to the inviting smell of baked oatmeal for breakfast with pops of flavor from fresh or frozen cranberries.
  • Need a change from oatmeal? Try cooking quinoa in the slow cooker with frozen blueberries, honey, milk and a dash of cinnamon so you can enjoy a hot whole-grain breakfast in the morning.
  • For something a little more savory, try this slow cooker Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole. I omitted the sausage and added in diced sundried tomatoes. You could also use vegan sausage or soy crumbles to get a meaty texture and flavor.

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14 Healthy Slow-Cooker Recipes

by in Healthy Recipes, March 5, 2013

slow-cooker soup
Relieve your dinnertime stress by making a slow-cooker meal. Toss the ingredients in this easy-to-use countertop appliance, press the button, and enjoy a delicious meal a few hours later. Eating healthier couldn’t be any simpler!

Soups
A great dinner can be as simple as a warming soup and salad. Pair one of these on these delicious soups with a homemade salad using whatever veggies are in your refrigerator.

Pork Dishes
Lean cuts of pork are brimming with energy-boosting B-vitamins—just one of the reasons pork made our top-5 list of energy-boosting foods.

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