Busy working parents no longer need to feel guilty about not having time to cook a family dinner every night. These crock pot dinner recipes are designed to allow you to add fresh vegetables to a tin of tomatoes, stock and minced beef or chicken (or protein substitute) and leave to cook to tenderness. You’ll arrive home to a hot and healthy meal that is packed with goodness. Here are three of the best crock pot dinner recipes to get you started.
Lumberjack Soup (meatless)
Add chopped rutabaga, chopped carrots, celery, chickpeas and mushrooms to 9 cups of water. Flavor with 2 teaspoons garlic powder, ½ cup Dijon mustard, ½ tablespoon olive oil, one low-sodium bouillon cube, salt and pepper to taste. Cook for at least six hours until rutabaga is soft. Stir in 3 cups of fresh chopped spinach and allow wilting before serving the soup. Makes 10 delicious cups!
Pot Roast Crock Pot Dinner Recipe
Packed with 28 grams of protein, this pot roast recipe has an interesting twist with potassium from coconut milk and digestive enzymes from pineapple.
Season 2 pounds cubed beef chuck roast with powdered garlic, cumin, salt and pepper; brown in a pan with heated canola oil. Place in slow cooker with 2 chopped carrots, 2 chopped jalapenos, 2 chopped peppers, one diced onion, 1-2 sweet potatoes in chunks, 1 can pineapple chunks (drained), 1 can tomatoes, 2 cans corn and one can coconut milk. Stir and cook on low for 8 hours. Delicious!
This deliciously different crock pot dinner recipe includes healthy ingredients such as chickpeas (high in protein and fiber), tomatoes (lycopene), onion (flavonoids), kale (fiber and antioxidant flavonoids), carrots (beta-carotene) and garlic (selenium).
Add 8 browned chicken thighs to the slow cooker along with one tablespoon olive oil, one onion, 4 sliced carrots, one diced red pepper, 2 minced garlic cloves, 2 teaspoons each of cumin and coriander, one cup dried chickpeas, 1x28 ounce can chopped tomatoes, 2 cinnamon sticks and 2½ cups chicken broth. Cook for 6 hours on warm setting; then add one bunch chopped kale, chopped parsley, salt and pepper and cook for 20 minutes more. Remove cinnamon sticks and serve stew over cooked rice.
For a vegetarian option, omit the chicken and use vegetable stock.
You’ll find plenty more crock pot dinner recipes on the Internet, so there’s no excuse for not serving up a nourishing, low-fat, healthy meal even on the busiest days of the week. Why not make double quantities and freeze an extra dinner for another day? Add a small green salad, some fresh bread for dipping, and sit back and enjoy!