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Oh slow cooker recipes. How I love thee. Here’s a healthy meal that’s low-carb, low-fat, and high-flavor. It’s also Whole30 compliant. And super easy! Just make a homemade sauce out of a bell pepper, onion, tomato paste, garlic, and herbs in a food processor. Then pour it over chicken in the slow cooker, set it, and forget it! (Then shred it, and sprinkle with delicious fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro.)

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Healthy Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken · recipebookandmore.wordpress.com · 

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 large red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and rough chopped
  • 1 onion, rough chopped
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. parsley flakes
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 3/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 3/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 4 lbs. uncooked, boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 c. chopped fresh cilantro

WHAT YOU DO:

In a food processor, combine bell pepper, onion, tomato paste, garlic, parsley flakes, cumin, salt, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and lime zest. Mix until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. (I added a teaspoon or two of water to thin it out slightly.)

Line slow cooker (optional). Place chicken in slow cooker then pour the sauce over the top. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours, or low for 4-6 hours, until chicken is tender and thoroughly cooked.

Before serving, shred with two forks. Sprinkle with lime juice and cilantro.

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recipe adapted from The 150 Healthiest Slow Cooker Recipes on Earth by Jonny Bowden
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Italian Zucchini UNpasta Salad

The zucchinis in our garden are growing like, well, zucchinis in August, ha. I love using my spiral cutter to turn them into noodles AKA zoodles. This recipe is simple, delicious, and is a great make-ahead option since the more it marinates in the dressing the more intense the flavors become. It has all the usual ingredients of an Italian pasta salad — red onions, black olives, oregano, basil, salami, olive oil, red wine vinegar, cheese — minus the pasta! It’s a great recipe to keep on hand for summer potlucks because it is sure to be a crowdpleaser.

Italian Pasta Salad without the pasta - Spiralized Zucchini noodles
This recipe is adapted from the cookbook Inspiralized by Ali Maffucci, and she uses a fancy big ol’ spiral cutter called “The Inspiralizer.” However I just use a basic GEFU Spirelli Spiral Slicer. No matter how you slice it (pun intended) spiral cut zucchinis are an awesome low-carb alternative to pasta.

Alrighty then. Here’s the recipe…

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 medium zucchinis, spiral cut into “noodles”
  • 1 can (14 oz.) quartered artichoke hearts, drained and patted dry
  • 1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved (I used a combination of red and orange)
  • 5 oz. mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 3/4 c. sliced salami
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 c. sliced black olives
  • 3 Tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • fresh basil, minced, to taste (I used 4 large leaves)
  • Parsley, chopped, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper, to taste

WHAT YOU DO:

In a large bowl combine zucchini, artichokes, tomatoes, mozzarella, salami, onion, and olives.

In a separate bowl, whisk these together to make the dressing: vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, oregano, parsley, basil, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.

Pour the dressing on top of the salad ingredients and toss to combine. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, until the dressing starts to soften the zucchini. Serve chilled.

 

 

Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad Recipe 

Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad Recipe - fresh and delicious not to mention easy!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, sliced into halves or quarters
  • 2 cucumbers, sliced then cut in half
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 3 avocados, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2-3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh dill
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste

WHAT YOU DO:

Place tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, avocados, garlic, and dill in a large bowl.

Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice. Toss gently to combine.

Just before serving, season with salt and pepper.

Here’s a link to an avocado scooper I hand-stamped, available at my Etsy shop!

Inspired by a sweet and sour meatball sauce recipe in Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld, I made these:

Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe - perfect as an appetizer, or serve on noodles.

They were great as fingerfood on toothpicks, but would also be tasty served on a bed of noodles! Of course you can always make the meatballs without the sweet and sour sauce, and serve them with spaghetti and red sauce. Here’s what I did…

FOR THE MEATBALLS:

  • 1 lb. ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • 1/2 c. Italian-style Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 c. finely chopped onion
  • 1 egg

FOR THE SAUCE:

  • 1-2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1/2 c. chopped onion
  • 1 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 1 c. beef broth
  • 2 Tbs. ketchup
  • 1 Tbs. steak sauce
  • 1/2 c. crushed pineapple in natural juice
  • 1-2 Tbs. orange marmalade
  • optional: cornstarch (if needed for thickening)

MAKE THE MEATBALLS: Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large mixing bowl, combine meat, Panko bread crumbs, milk, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and 1/4 c. of the chopped onion. Shape mixture into meatballs; approximately 1-2 inches each. Place on cookie sheet lined with foil and sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake 20 minutes or until cooked thoroughly.

WHILE MEATBALLS BAKE, MAKE THE SAUCE: In a small saucepan, heat oil on med-high heat, then add 1/2 c. onion, and sugar. Cook for a few minutes until onions are soft and starting to brown. Add broth, ketchup, steak sauce, pineapple, and marmalade. Bring to a boil, and cook a couple more minutes. If too thin, add a little cornstarch a teaspoon or so at a time until desired thickness. Strain sauce into a bowl with a mesh colander, and discard “pulp” mixture left behind in the strainer.

TO SERVE: Dip meatballs in sauce, and place on serving dish or on noodles.

Whole Roasted Chicken in a Slow Cooker Recipe

Whenever I am at Costco I always pick up a rotisserie chicken. They are so easy to use in recipes, or just eat plain out of the container. It’s one of the few things all of our kids will eat! I went to buy a rotisserie chicken at… NOT Costco (ha!) and it was $9! Are they always that expensive if it’s not at Costco or Sam’s? I decided to try my own in the slow cooker. I ended up with a 5ish pound whole chicken, for $6. So, yep, I saved a whopping three bucks. Lol! It WAS super easy though, and so tender it fell it off the bones, so I consider this a success.

I put the bones and the leftover carcass in a stockpot and added some water to make homemade broth. I threw in chopped carrots, celery, and onion, and added some herbs: garlic, parsley, and a bay leaf, and let everything simmer for a few hours. I strained the broth into a few containers and stashed them in the freezer for later.

Awesome slow cooker recipe - Whole Roasted Chicken - just rub some spices on, throw in some onions, and set your Crock PotWHAT YOU NEED:

  • whole chicken (I used one that was around 5 lbs)
  • 1 onion, cut into chunks
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. red cayenne pepper
  • dash of pepper
  • kitchen twine, for trussing

WHAT YOU DO:

Combine paprika, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper in a bowl. Stir to mix.

Place onion pieces in the bottom of slow cooker.

Remove any giblets from chicken. Using kitchen twine, truss the chicken. Tying the legs and wings in gives a smooth shape so the chicken cooks evenly and retains moisture. I followed the poultry trussing instructions in The Professional Chef by the Culinary Institute of America, but of course a quick internet search is an easy way to learn how as well.

Rub spice mixture over the entire chicken. Don’t forget to throw some in the cavity, and if you want you can even stuff some under the skin that covers the chicken breasts.

Place chicken on top of onions in the slow cooker, cover, and cook on high for 4-5 hours or until the chicken starts falling off the bone and is thoroughly cooked.

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recipe adapted from 100 Days of Real Food

Here’s an easy and delicious recipe for a 30-Minute Meal: Lemon & Dill Chicken. With less than 200 calories and 6 grams of fat, it has just 4 Weight Watchers +Points/serving! The sauce in this  is delicious. Also, I reheated leftovers the next day and the flavors tasted even better!

I used my spiral cutter to make “noodles” out of a zucchini and threw ’em in. Gotta love ZOODLES.

30 Minute Meal - Lemon and Dill Chicken - WW friendly just 4 points per serving

Lemon & Dill Chicken

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 lb. uncooked boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth – try making your own broth!
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh dill, divided
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 zucchini, spiral cut into long strips

WHAT YOU DO:

Season chicken pieces on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large heavy skillet over med-high heat. Add chicken and cook thoroughly. Transfer chicken to a plate and tent with foil.

Reduce heat to medium. Add the remaining 1 1/2 tsp oil to the pan. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Whisk broth, flour, 1 tablespoon dill and lemon juice in a measuring cup and add to pan. Cook, whisking, until slightly thickened, about 3 mins.

Return chicken and any accumulated juices to pan; reduce heat to low and simmer for 3-4 mins. At the very end of cooking mix in the zucchini. Transfer to a serving platter. Season sauce with salt and pepper and spoon sauce over the chicken. Garnish with the remaining 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh dill.

Makes: 4 servings

Estimated nutrition information per serving:

  • 193 calories
  • 6 g fat
  • 8 g carbohydrates
  • 24 g protein
  • 2 g fiber

WW PlusPoints per serving: 4

recipe adapted from eatingwell.com

Gotta love Crock Pot recipes! Here’s one for CHEESY BACON HASHBROWNS. It’s basically the best. EVER. You just mix everything in your slow cooker and let it do its thing.

Crock Pot Cheesy Bacon HashbrownsWHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 pkg, partially thawed, frozen shredded hashbrowns (usually they come in bags of approx. 1 lbs. or 2-ish lbs.)
  • 16 oz sour cream
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup (don’t add water)
  • 8 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese + extra if you want any for a topping
  • 1/4 c milk
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 stick butter, softened
  • 1/8 tsp garlic salt
  • 3 oz cooked bacon bits + extra if you want any for a topping

WHAT YOU DO:

Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray, or line with a crock pot liner. After making this for Thanksgiving yesterday, I would recommend splurging on the liner. We sprayed the crock pot with Pam but still ended up with a crusty mess. 😉

Add all ingredients to the slow cooker, then mix everything together.

Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Optional: before serving sprinkle with additional cheese and/or bacon bits.

recipe adapted from thefrugalgirls

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Here’s a show and tell of my lunch. And an easy light meal idea; it’s more of a “no recipe” recipe. 🙂 It has whole wheat pasta tossed with veggies sauteed in olive oil and garlic, sprinkled with soy sauce and lemon juice.

Whole Wheat Pasta Tossed with Veggies - the 'no recipe' recipe!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • whole wheat spaghetti (however many servings you want to make)
  • a few teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) for sauteing the veggies
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • fresh vegetables, washed, cut and sliced (2-4 cups depending on how many servings you want) — I used asparagus, mushrooms, onions, yellow squash, zucchini, and bell peppers.
  • soy sauce
  • fresh lemon juice

WHAT YOU DO:

Prepare spaghetti noodles according to package directions.

While noodles are boiling, heat EVOO and garlic in a skillet over medium heat. Add veggies and sautee until tender.

Drain noodles, and place on serving dish. Top with veggies, then sprinkle on some soy sauce and lemon juice to taste. Stir to combine, then serve.

Guess what we had for dinner? Another freezer meal – shocking! Ha. 🙂

This time was French onion crusted pork chops and they were really tasty. I wasn’t sure if they would do ok in the freezer, but they were delicious. Here’s what I ended up with:

French Onion Crusted Pork Chops - adapted from Paula Deen y'all. Make a double batch and freeze the extras!

recipe adapted from Paula Deen y’all!

French Onion Crusted Pork Chops

WHAT YOU NEED:

WHAT YOU DO:

If preparing right away…

Preheat oven to 400F.

Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl. In a second bowl (or on a large plate) mix together the breadcrumbs and soup mix.

Dip the pork chops first in the beaten eggs, then in the breadcrumb mixture, coating both sides.

Place pork chops on a baking sheet covered with foil and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 20 mins, flipping over halfway through.

If freezing for later…

Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl. In a second bowl (or on a large plate) mix together the breadcrumbs and soup mix.

Dip the pork chops first in the beaten eggs, then in the breadcrumb mixture, coating both sides.

Place pork chops in a gallon freezer bag, labeled with a permanent marker, and freeze.

To prepare, thaw overnight in the fridge. Place pork chops on a baking sheet covered with foil and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake at 400F for 20 mins, flipping over halfway through.

French Onion Crusted Pork Chops - adapted from Paula Deen y'all. Freezer friendly. Quick easy AND delicious.

Here’s yet another freezer meal I tried: Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas. I froze both batches, but you could always prepare one right away, and freeze the extra! I used red sauce in the mixture of both, then topped one with green sauce, and the other with red. Because those are the 4 cans of sauce we had in the pantry. 😉

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas - freezer friendly - make 2 batches and freeze the extra. Use green or red enchilada sauce (or 1 of each!)

recipe adapted from happymoneysaver.com

CHEESY CHICKEN ENCHILADAS (makes 2 batches)

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 lbs boneless chicken breasts – uncooked
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 6 c. shredded cheese (I used a mixture of of marble cheddar & Mexican style)
  • 20 flour tortillas
  • 4 cans enchilada sauce (red and/or green – I used 2 red for the mixture, and 1 red on top of one, and 1 green on top of the other ’cause that’s what was in our pantry) or homemade enchilada sauce
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 7-oz can chopped green chiles, drained
  • Optional toppings/sides: sour cream, olives, salsa, lettuce, beans, rice

WHAT YOU DO:

If preparing right away…

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Place raw chicken in a boiling pot of water. Boil for 20 mins, or until chicken is shreddable. Then using a cutting board and fork, shred the chicken.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine chicken, cheese, onion, chiles, black beans, and 2 cans enchilada sauce.
  • With a large spoon, fill each tortilla with mixture. Roll it up and place it in large baking dish with seams down (I used foil lasagna pans from the dollar store; 9×13 pans will also work). Repeat until all chicken mixture is used. Half of the enchiladas will be in one pan, and half in the second pan.
  • Pour one can of enchilada sauce over the top of each batch.
  • Bake 25-30 mins, until melted and bubbly. Add optional toppings/sides.

If freezing…

  • Place raw chicken in a boiling pot of water. Boil for 20 mins, or until chicken is shreddable. Then using a cutting board and fork, shred the chicken.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine chicken, cheese, onion, chiles, black beans, and 2 cans enchilada sauce.
  • With a large spoon, fill each tortilla with mixture. Roll it up and place it in large baking dish with seams down (I used foil lasagna pans from the dollar store; 9×13 pans will also work). Repeat until all chicken mixture is used. Half of the enchiladas will be in one pan, and half in the second pan.
  • Pour one can of enchilada sauce over the top of each batch.
  • Cover with heavy duty foil and label with a permanent marker. Wrap in plastic wrap (I put them in jumbo 2.5 gallon zipper bags). Store in freezer.
  • To prepare, bake from frozen, at 400F for 45-60 mins, until melted and bubbly. Add optional toppings/sides.

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas - make 2 and freeze the extra.

From freezer to oven - CHEESY CHICKEN ENCHILADAS

Want to use homemade enchilada sauce instead? Try this:

Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce Recipe - so easy and delicious you will never want the canned stuff again!