Slow cook me some healthy complete meals
October 2, 2012 10:16 AM Subscribe
Bought a slow cooker and I love it so far, but dear god is it hard to find slow cooker recipes that are 1) healthy (no cans of cream of ____ soup) 2) taste good 3) include vegetables.
posted by PuppetMcSockerson to food & drink (37 answers total) 170 users marked this as a favorite
I go to the gym after work so if I were to cook supper it wouldn't be served until 7pm-ish, which is too late for our 5 year old. I didn't like that my schedule basically forced my partner in to doing the majority of the cooking, so two weeks ago I purchased a slow cooker mostly to try to take up some of that responsibility. He's been really glad for it and has really liked the couple of meals I have made in it so far, but I'm finding it hard finding meals that suit our tastes and needs. And again because of my schedule, he has defauled in to the "veggie side" preparer, which sort of undermines my desire to let him off the hook for cooking.
I bought Slow Cooker Revolution and intend to start trying out some of those recipes. I found the blog of the woman who used her crock pot every day for year and that had a few workable recipes. I also have checked out the slow cooker section on Allrecipes.com, but it seems like the vast VAST majority either involve cans of cream soup, a ton of fat, a whack of cheese, or a jesus load of carbs. And vegetables are noticibly scant.
Basically I'm trying to find more recipes that
a) I can turn on in the morning and have it cook all day while I'm at work. I have one that has a timer, and after the set amount of time it automatically switches to "warm" so that helps, but in general I'm looking for things that take 6 hours or more to cook.
b) are relatively healthy
c) are relatively tasty
d) don't include cream of _______ soup or garbagy stuff like that. (I'm fine with adding cheese or what have you at the end, but cooking something in cream of mushroom soup all day sicks me out)
e) are a complete meal so that I don't have to prepare something else to go on the side.
g) (optional) kid friendly
I know that slow cookers lend themselves to meats and that is where they shine. The whole chicken I cooked in the slow cooker was incredible. However, I wish I didn't have to prepare vegetables when I got home to go with it. And something about having carrots or what have you cook all day in the fat that comes out of the chicken seems really unappetizing.
So what kinds of recipes involving veg am I overlooking? Should I just suck it up and prepare veg to go on the side? Is there some magical way to keep veg from overcooking in a slow cooker?
bonus side question: I also have a little dipper but am having trouble figuing out what the hell I should use it for.