Crockpot Cooking: Benefits and Recipes

crockpot cooking recipes

When it comes to cooking, I’m all about healthy meals for myself and for my family. If I’m not out with my kids or husband, working or hitting the gym, then you can find me in the kitchen cooking. I love to use my crockpot to make a variety of recipes such as Chicken Salsa and Barbecue Chicken (I included both recipes at the end of this post).

If you’re looking for a healthier way to cook besides a stove top or oven, I recommend a crockpot. I bought Food Network 6 Quart at Kohls, but they sell them everywhere, including Amazon. I use it at least once a week. Sure, slow cooking can take a few hours, but it has so many benefits! Plus, it gives you more time to focus on other things in the house like cleaning or a quick seven minute workout, catching up with a friend, or chatting on the phone with a client.

Crockpot Benefits

Healthier

When you cook in a crockpot, you cook at a low temperature for a long period of time. As such, all the juices and flavors from the vegetables and meats are retained.

Economical

The crockpot use less energy to operate over a longer period of time, costing less than high wattage for a short period of time. Plus, you only have to wash one pot, which saves you time, water and money.

Time-saver

You only have to worry about prepping the ingredients. Your crockpot does the rest of the leg work, and since you can cook meals from 4-6 hours, it gives you plenty of time to do other stuff at home.

Crockpot Recipes

Chicken Salsa

This was a favorite from a Weight Watchers meeting!

Ingredients:

4 Chicken Breasts (Frozen)

1 Jar of your favorite salsa

Rice of your choice – Instant, long grain, white or brown

Organic Cheddar Cheese shredded (6oz bag)

Instructions: Add frozen chicken to crockpot, cover with salsa. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Prepare Rice. Scoop a 1/2 cup of rice on plate, place chicken and salsa on top. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Enjoy!

 

Barbecue Chicken

This is a favorite! The key is pre-cooking the chicken – which can be done at any point, then wrapped and placed in the freezer. I like to make a double or triple batch so I always have it ready to go!

Ingredients:

Large Package of Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs

1 Teaspoon of Salt

1 Teaspoon of pepper

2 Teaspoons of Garlic Powder

1 Tablespoon of Olive oil, coconut oil, or organic butter

Barbecue Sauce- Favorite homemade recipe or jar for in a pinch (My family loves Guy Fieri’s Brown Sugar & Bourbon)

Step 1: This is the “Pre-bake” – this will give you the “layered flavor”! Preheat oven to 350. Place all chicken in a glass baking dish. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oil. Bake 20 minutes, Turn over – use the remaining salt pepper, garlic powder, and oil – bake an additional 20 minutes. Let cool. You can freeze for other days, or keep in fridge.

On day you will be eating- Place chicken in crockpot. Cover in barbecue sauce. If chicken is frozen, cook on low for 6 hours. If not frozen, cook on low for 4 hours.   Serve with potatoes, veggies, and cornbread – Enjoy!

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