Slow Cook Your Way To Slim


Crock Pot

The more successful we become the less time we seem to have. Feeling short on time has been a big contributor to the obesity epidemic in the western world. After a long day at work the last thing many of us want to do is prepare a healthy meal. Lucky for you a quick spin on a few of grandma's favorites can take the time out of the equation. That's right, we're talking about the slow cooker. Whether you call it a slow cooker or a crock pot, this handy little device has been preparing meals for at least 3 generations.

While traditional slow cooker recipes may be higher in fat and calories, modern chefs have devised healthier versions of your favorites, two of which we've listed here:

 

 

Quinoa Risotto with Asparagus and Carrots

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 c. rinsed quinoa
  • 4 c. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 large carrots, sliced into rounds
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 bunch of asparagus, trimmed and quartered
  • 2 c. peas, frozen or canned

Directions:

  1. In crock pot, combine chicken, quinoa, 2 cups broth, garlic, and carrots. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Set slow-cooker to low and let it cook for 8 hours.
  3. When you arrive home from work, shred the chicken then add the remaining ingredients. Serve 30 minutes later.

Lemony Chicken and Orzo Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 bone-in chicken breast
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 4 sprigs fresh dill
  • 4 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 4 c. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 3/4 c. orzo
  • 8 oz. snap peas

Directions:

  1. Place chicken, onion, carrots, and lemon in 5 to 6-quart slow cooker. Tie the dill and parsley together with kitchen twine and place among the vegetables. Add broth and 2 cups water. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  2. 30 minutes before serving, move the chicken to a bowl, cut the meat away from the bone and return to the soup.
  3. Discard lemon and herbs and serve.

The ultimate "set it and forget it" convenience, the crock pot allows you to prep your meals before starting your day.

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