3 Healthy Make-Ahead Meals That Only Require a Crock-Pot

Kelsey Clark

We're smack-dab in the middle of winter, meaning our obsession with cozy, low-maintenance slow cooker recipes is at an all-time high. (Bonus points if they don't compromise health for comfort.) Once again, we've taken to Pinterest with our specific search queries, scouring the interwebs for the perfect post-work meal we can dine on all week. The following three recipes, from Half Baked Harvest, Real Food Whole Life, and Be Whole Be You definitely fit the bill. All three are low in calories and high in flavor, and they can be made in bulk and slowly eaten over the course of a workweek. Get out your Crock-Pots; you'll want to make these recipes ASAP. 

Crockpot Thai Broccoli Rabe Chicken Curry

Ingredients

Yellow onion, finely diced
Garlic, minced or grated
Fresh ginger, peeled and grated
Lemongrass stalk, finely chopped
Thai red curry paste
Fish sauce
Full-fat coconut milk
Honey
Boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs, diced
Broccoli rabe, ends trimmed and roughly chopped
Fresh basil and/or cilantro, roughly chopped
Steamed rice for serving
Arils from one pomegranate for serving
Chopped peanuts for serving

Instructions

In the bowl of your slow cooker, combine the onion, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, curry paste, fish sauce, coconut milk, and honey. Add the chicken and broccoli rabe, toss to combine. Cover and cook on LOW for five to six hours, or on HIGH for four to five hours. Just before serving, stir in the basil and/or cilantro.

For the full recipe, head over to Half Baked Harvest.

Slow Cooker Chicken, Kale, and Sweet Potato Stew

Ingredients

Sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into one-inch pieces
Lacinato kale, stems removed and thinly sliced
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
Low-sodium chicken stock
Kosher salt
Italian seasoning
Extra-virgin olive oil, to serve

Instructions

Place all the ingredients in a six-quart slow cooker, stirring to combine. Cover and cook on high for four hours, on low for six, or until the sweet potatoes are tender and the chicken is cooked through and very tender. Remove the chicken and shred with two forks. Return to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Taste and add additional salt to taste. Serve hot with a generous drizzle of olive oil.

For the full recipe, head over to Real Food, Whole Life.

Clean Slow Cooker Burrito Bowls

Ingredients

For slow cooker:

Organic, free-range chicken breast tenders
Black beans, rinsed
Corn kernels
BPA-free diced tomatoes
Green chile pepper, diced
Red onion, diced
Garlic cloves
Chili powder
Cumin
Crushed red pepper (optional)
Lime juice
Sea salt to taste

For burrito bowls:

Cooked brown rice
Cilantro
Avocado
Lime wedges
Roma tomato, diced
Romaine lettuce
Organic shredded cheese

Instructions

In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients and stir. Make sure the chicken is completely covered by the tomatoes and beans in the end. Cook for about four to six hours.

About 30 minutes before eating, turn to warm and stir to allow the chicken to shred. It should very easily come apart when stirring.

For the full recipe, head over to Be Whole, Be You.

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