15 Minute Prep (or less) Slow Cooker Recipes

As a busy, full time working mom, there is nothing better after a long day than having dinner ready when you walk in the door! Try these quick and healthy slow cooker recipes to save you time, and your sanity!

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Chicken Tacos
Ingredients:
4 Boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 Jar (24 oz) of your favorite salsa
Whole Wheat tortillas or hard corn taco shells
Favorite toppings: chopped lettuce, diced onion and/or tomatoes, jalapeños, cilantro, low-fat shredded cheese, guacamole

Directions:
Spray crock pot with cooking spray
Place chicken breast in crock pot
Add salsa, and mix so chicken breasts are fully coated on top and bottom
Cook on low heat for 8-10 hours, or high heat for 6 hours
Once cooked, use 2 forks to shred the chicken
Place 1/3 cup chicken in tortillas or taco shells
Add favorite toppings (see above)
Enjoy!

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Beef Stew
Ingredients:
1 pound Beef steak/stew meat, cubed
4 medium Potatoes, cubed
6 Carrots, sliced
4 Celery Stalks, sliced
½ Onion, diced
2 cans (14.5 oz) Low Sodium Beef Broth
1 can (14.5 oz) Stewed tomatoes
1 Tbsp. Minced garlic

Directions:
Place and mix all ingredients in slow cooker
Cook on low heat for 8-10 hours, or high heat for 6 hours
Enjoy!

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Pork Green Chili Burritos
Ingredients:
1 Pork loin roast
2 Jars (16 oz) of your favorite Green Chile Sauce (I use 505 Southwestern sauce)
1 Tbsp. Olive oil
2 Bell peppers, sliced into strips
1 Onion, sliced
Whole Wheat Tortillas
Favorite toppings: chopped lettuce, diced tomatoes, low-fat shredded cheese, guacamole

Directions:
Spray crock pot with cooking spray
Place pork loin in crock pot
Add green chile sauce, and mix so pork loin is fully coated on top and bottom
Cook on low heat for 8-10 hours, or high heat for 6 hours
Once cooked, use 2 forks to shred the pork
In a pan on stove top, add olive oil, peppers and onions
Saute on medium heat until peppers/onions are tender (5 minutes)
Place ½ cup pork on each tortilla
Add sautéed peppers/onions
Add favorite toppings as desired (see above)
Fold two ends in, roll up, and Enjoy!

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Quickie Chili
Ingredients:
1 pound Ground turkey or 93% lean ground beef
2 tsp. Olive oil
1 Green Pepper, diced
2 medium Onions, diced
1 can (14.5 oz) Kidney beans
1 can (28 oz) Tomato Sauce
1 can (28 oz) Diced tomatoes
1 Tbsp Chili powder (or amount “to taste”)
Favorite toppings: diced onion, avocado, lowfat shredded cheese, or diced green chiles or jalapeños for a kick!

Directions:
In a pan on stove top, add olive oil, peppers and onions
Cook on low heat until beef is fully cooked
Transfer to slow cooker
Add all other ingredients
Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours
Add favorite toppings as desired
Enjoy!

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Veggie Soup
Ingredients:
8 Carrots, sliced
6 Celery stalks, sliced
1 Onion, diced
16 oz Tomato juice
32 oz carton Vegetable broth
1 can (14.5 oz) Diced tomatoes
1 package (12 oz) frozen corn
1 package (12 oz) frozen peas OR 14.5 oz can of beans of your choice
1 Tbsp. minced Garlic

Directions:
Place and mix all ingredients in slow cooker
Cook for 8-10 hours on low heat, or 6 hour on high heat
Enjoy!

 

 

2 thoughts on “15 Minute Prep (or less) Slow Cooker Recipes”

  1. I made the granola bars and they were really wet looking. I followed the directions but substituted dried apricots. Any hints on how I can fix this.

    Also, is the granola bars okay for a diabetic person.
    I would love some recipes for a diabetic. I have such a hard time making healthy choices and find myself eating the same things over and over on a daily basis especially for breakfast.

    1. Hi Lori,
      Not sure why the granola bars would turn out that way, especially if you used the correct amount of peanut butter (1 cup) and honey (1/2 cup), and enough DRY oats (1 1/2 cups)…. Did they end up any better after you chilled them? To fix, I would suggest mixing in more dry oats to soak up any extra moisture. And yes, they are Diabetic friendly! They of course will have sugar in them from the honey but as long as you have just 1 serving per meal or snack (entire recipe makes 12 servings), that would be fine.

      For some more specific Diabetic recipe ideas, check out the American Diabetes Association website- here is a link to the recipe area
      http://www.diabetes.org/mfa-recipes/recipes/?loc=ff-slabnav

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