Crockpot cooking is ideal for busy people wanting to live healthier lives. When you’re stuck for inspiration, these delicious, guilt-free crockpot recipes are what you need.
Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal (serves 8)
Start the day right with this healthy dish. Add to your slow cooker:
- 2 cups uncooked steel-cut oats
- 15 oz. canned pumpkin
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 tsp salt
Then stir in:
- 6 cups water
- 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
Cover and cook on low for five hours. Remove lid and let stand for 15-20 minutes. Serve as is or with maple syrup, dried berries, and healthy nuts.
Crock-Pot Quinoa Risotto (serves 6)
Forget constant stirring with this healthy risotto. Add to your crockpot:
- 1.5 lb skinless chicken breast fillets
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1.5 cup chicken broth
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 3 large carrots, sliced into rounds
Season with salt and pepper, cover, and cook on high for four hours. Shred chicken and return it to your crockpot with trimmed and quartered asparagus and 2 cups of peas.
Cook for another 30 minutes. Stir in another ½ cup of chicken broth and serve.
Satisfying Split Pea Soup (serves 4)
With just 10 minutes prep, even carnivores love this vegetarian dish! Add to your crockpot:
- 16 oz. rinsed and drained dried split peas
- A peeled, diced yellow onion
- 3 diced carrots
- 3 diced celery stalks
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground pepper
- 1 dried bay leaf
- 1/2 cup chopped parsley
- 4 sprigs thyme
- 7 cups vegetable broth
Cover and cook on low for six to eight hours. Remove the bay leaf and thyme stems. Stir with a whisk. If soup seems too thick, add a little water. Season to taste and serve.
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