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Three Healthy Recipes for Your Slow Cooker

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For those of us who lead busy lives and don’t have the time to spend hours on meal preparation, a slow cooker is a godsend. It’s an essential cooking appliance that takes the busy work out of cooking.

Want tasty food for dinner but don’t have the energy to cook it after work? Then throw some meat, veggies, sauces, and spices inside a crockpot, put it on low and forget about it. You’ll soon have a flavorful stew waiting for you when you get home.

Here are three easy, slow cooker recipes for you to try out.

Slow cooked beef with peppers, a delicious recipe for your slow cooker
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Famous Mississippi Pot Roast

This is a crockpot classic that has a very avid cult following on Reddit. It's low carb, so it's great for followers of the Keto diet too.

Ingredients:

1 chuck roast

1 package au jus gravy mix

1 packet ranch dressing mix

Pepperoncini peppers

Butter

Salt and pepper, if needed

Steps:

1. Put the chuck roast at the bottom of your pot.

2. Place all of the other ingredients (au jus gravy mix, ranch dressing mix, pepperoncini peppers, butter) on top of the roast.

3. Cover with lid and cook over low heat for at least eight hours.

4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

5. Serve with mashed potatoes, rice, or

A beautiful baked mac bowl made in a slow cooker
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Chili Mac and Cheese

An updated version of your childhood mac and cheese.

Ingredients:

1pound ground beef

2 cups of beef broth

1 can (30 oz.) of chili beans

1 large onion, chopped

5 cloves of garlic, finely minced

1 tablespoon of chili powder (you can add more if you want it spicier)

½ teaspoon of cumin

Canned tomatoes (28 oz.)

1pound of macaroni

Steps:

1. Combine everything in a slow cooker except for the macaroni.

2. Slow cook on low heat for six to eight hours.

3. Cook the macaroni according to desired doneness once the chili's been cooked.

4. Add the macaroni to the chili and let cook for an additional 15 to 20 minutes.

A plate of Jambalaya with kielbasa prepared in a slow cooker
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Jambalaya - Slow Cooked Version

The best thing about this quintessential New Orleans dish is that it can be very easy to make, especially if you have a slow cooker.

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups of uncooked brown rice

2-3 three teaspoons of Cajun seasoning

2 cups of chicken broth (low sodium)

½ pound of shredded chicken

1 green bell pepper, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 small onion, diced

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1lb uncooked shrimp, peeled and de-veined

1 can (28. oz) of canned tomatoes

1 small package (14 oz) of smoked sausage

Chopped parsley

Salt and pepper to taste

Steps:

1. Slice sausage into small (about 1/4 inch) sizes. Spray the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray.

2. Add all of the ingredients into the pot, except for the shrimp.

3. Stir to combine everything. Let cook for about three to four hours on high heat.

4. Check to see if rice is already done (i.e. if it's already tender). Should your rice turn out to be too dry, add water or chicken broth if needed.

5. Once the rice is done, remove the tails from the shrimp and place into crockpot along with the rice. Cook for an additional 15 to 20 minutes.

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Stephany is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about pet care, CBD, stress, self care, meditation, time management, brain training, and natural remedies with a focus on the science behind it all. She has three dogs, three cats, walks half marathons, and practices yoga and powerlifting. You can often find her training her dogs or experimenting with new flavors in the kitchen.
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