Hearty Crockpot Recipes for the Healthy Eater

The joy of slow cooking your food is that you only have to throw in the ingredients in a crockpot, leave it for a few hours then you’ll be able to enjoy a fulfilling meal. A slow cooker brings out the flavor of food. It also tenderizes less expensive cuts of meat, so you don’t have to spend much to enjoy a five-star dish!Slow Cooker Chicken ChiliWhat you need:

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 onion, chopped

2 cups diced tomatoes with green chile peppers

2 cups salsa verde

2 cups white beans

1 3/4 cups corn kernels

1 3/4 cups chicken broth

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Salt and ground black pepper to taste
Mix together onion, diced tomatoes with green chile peppers, salsa verde, white beans, corn, chicken broth, oregano and cumin in a crockpot. Stir until ingredients are well-combined. Place chicken breasts on top of the mixture. Cover and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 6-8 hours. When ready, remove chicken from the crockpot. Shred, return to crockpot and stir.Slow Cooker Cheesy Seafood DipWhat you need:

1 1/2 cup sour cream

1 cup processed cheese food

1/2 cup cooked lobster, flaked

1/2 cup cooked crabmeat, flaked

1/2 cup cooked small shrimp

2 tablespoons low-fat cream cheese

2 teaspoons seafood seasoning

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 loaf 1/2-inch thick French bread, lightly toasted
Mix together sour cream, processed cheese food, lobster, crabmeat, shrimp and cream cheese in a crockpot. Cover and cook on low until cheese is melted, about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add seafood seasoning and Worcestershire sauce to the mixture then mix to combine ingredients well. Serve with toasted French bread.Slow Cooker Sausage FiestaWhat you need:

1 kilogram smoked sausage, sliced into 1-inch pieces

1/2 kilogram green beans, trimmed and sliced in half

1/4 kilogram red potatoes, quartered

1 onion, sliced

1/3 cup water

1 teaspoon butter

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Place sausage, green beans, potatoes, onion, water, butter, vegetable oil, salt and ground black pepper in a crockpot. Toss to coat and to mix ingredients well. Cover and cook for 45 mins to 1 hour or until sausage is cooked through and vegetables are tender.Cook these hearty yet nutritious crockpot recipes for a surely satisfying meal!