Oftentimes, the new year brings us the ambition we’ve lost somewhere along the way during the previous year. We want to save money, spend time with family, write a book, travel abroad, work less, play more, and be overall healthier, happier people. Yet, we often lack the resources, tools, or planning it takes to make our visions become reality.
This year, I’m vowed to actually plan out my resolutions. Saying I’m going to eat healthy never happens unless I actually make time to plan it out. So this year, meal planning was on my aspirations list. To make the transition a little easier, I decided to let my handy dandy crock pot do some of the work.
Here are 14 healthified recipes for all meals of the day—breakfast, appetizers, dinner, and dessert:
This easy, veggie omelette requires just six eggs (in addition to the other ingredients) to serve four to six people. Throw the mix in the crock pot for two hours and you’ll have a delicious omelette. Bon appetit!
This recipe caught my eye when I imagined oatmeal tasting like banana bread. I think my favorite part, however, is that it’s an overnight crock pot recipe. You can prep it the night before and awake to the savory smell of breakfast in the morning.
Casserole has never been a word that appealed to me… but trust me, this Mexican breakfast is worth trying. Combining sausage, eggs, corn tortillas, and more makes this a unique breakfast meal for all your guests to enjoy.
I’m a sucker for spinach dip and I’m not afraid to admit it. But… in an attempt to eliminate a few calories from my diet, I’m trying to healthify some of my cooking. Using Greek yogurt as a substitute for that delicious (but deadly) cream cheese in a typical spinach dip recipe is just one of the ways that makes this recipe a little more ‘new you’ worthy.
To be fair, only half of this recipe utilizes the slow cooker—the actual meatball is baked in the oven for 10 minutes beforehand. The most important part, the homemade teriyaki sauce, is concocted in the crock pot. By substituting ground turkey for ground beef, this recipe will make you feel a little better about your pants size when you have friends over for the Superbowl.
Again, fat free sour cream and Greek yogurt help to cut calories from this delicious recipe. I found a while back that buffalo sauce is actually very low in calories. This healthified recipe is only about 100 calories per serving. Talk about a steal! By serving the dip with veggies, you can also avoid the temptation of polishing off a bag of chips.
People have been telling me for years to hop on the quinoa bandwagon. I’m totally willing, except… cooking with it is a foreign concept to me. I wondered, how do I make it? What do I serve it with? Finally, I found an easy crock pot recipe that makes sense. Cheers to adventures in 2016!
I love lasagna, but it’s not the first thing that comes to mind when I’m thinking about healthy meals. However, I’ve learned that there’s much more variety when it comes to eating healthy than salads for every meal. According to the chef, this recipe actually turns out best in the crock pot and is even Weight Watchers friendly!
Num, num, num. I have a feeling that I’ll be revisiting this meal quite often. This is yet another slow cooker recipe you can prep in the morning and have waiting for you when you come home from work eight hours later. Who needs Chinese takeout when I can make my own… and it’s healthier?
Don’t kid yourself, this isn’t actually a pot pie… that shit is so unhealthy. Think of this recipe as a chicken pot pie without the crust—just the delicious stuff in the middle. And, if you think you’ll die without crust, have one biscuit with your meal.
I stumbled upon a stuffed pepper recipe a few years ago and made them for my parents. They were a big hit. I can’t imagine how much easier it would be to cook them in the crock pot. This recipe takes on a taco theme for the pepper filling, but I’ve found that you can get as creative as you want. Stuffing them with sausage, egg, and cheese would be an easy way to convert this into a healthy breakfast dish.
As I was scrolling through Pinterest, I found it extremely difficult to find healthy chocolate-driven dessert recipes. But then… I stumbled upon this. My mouth is watering. This delectable slow cooker chocolate peanut butter cake is only 104 calories per slice. Can you even believe it?
If you want to pretend it’s summer all over again, enjoy this slow cooker blueberry crisp recipe this weekend. Rather than adding a bunch of sugar, the dessert is sweetened with a little honey drizzle. #NomNomNom
Okay, okay you caught me. I featured this recipe in my “8 Crock Pot Desserts You’ll Fall For This Autumn” article. Let me tell you, it’s worth resharing. This recipe takes your typical 800-calorie cheesecake down to 200 delectable calories that are worth every bite.
So there you have it—14 crock pot recipes that will make healthy meal planning in 2016 that much easier. No more excuses. New year, new you. You go, Glen Coco.
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