7 Slow Cooker Recipes to Warm Up Your Week

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The holidays are upon us which brings mile long shopping lists, end-of-year work deadlines and continual social obligations…all on top of normal day-to-day tasks including meal preparation.

Add some time back into your day and keep healthy eating at the top of your priority list this holiday season by letting the ultimate multi-tasking assistant do some of the work for you- your slow cooker!  These recipes are perfect for cool, winter days and will give you sustainable energy from wholesome, nutrient dense foods to fuel even the busiest of days.

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Sunday: Steel Cut Oats

Make a large batch and reheat throughout the week for a quick, satisfying breakfast. Rotate toppings for endless variety (berries, cinnamon and other spices, nuts, etc).  Be sure to always include an anchor (i.e. protein/healthy fat) with your oatmeal to keep you going all morning such as nuts, seeds, natural nut or seed butter, clean protein powder, eggs or clean breakfast sausage/meats.

Check out these other make ahead, time-saving techniques for preparing steel cut oats.

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Monday: Black Bean Soup

For meatless Monday, give this tasty soup a try.  Full of black beans, also known as turtle beans because of their hard, shell-like appearance, this dish is high protein and fiber.  Black beans also contain other health-promoting nutrients, antioxidants and phytonutrients.

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Tuesday: Cranberry Apple Pork Roast

Cranberries aren’t just bursting with flavor, they’re also nutritional powerhouses packed with health-promoting, disease-busting antioxidants.  Cranberries are also a good source of vitamin C and fiber.

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Wednesday: Butter Chicken

Not a fan of spicy dishes? This recipe is for you! There’s just enough heat without being overbearing so the entire family will enjoy it.  If you need a little extra kick, sprinkle some additional chili powder into your bowl!

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Thursday: Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Feel free to use any color potato you want from purple to red to yellow.  Serve with leftover butter chicken from last night and a simple side salad and have dinner on the table in minutes!

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Friday: Cranapple Cinnamon Raisin Chicken

Cinnamon, cranberries and apples- oh my!  Serve with traditional sides like sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts and green beans for a taste of the holidays any night of the week.

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Saturday: Coconut Turmeric Chicken

Do you find cooking whole chickens intimidating? This is the perfect recipe to help ease your fears!  Whole chickens give you the best bang for your buck and offer a variety of tastes and textures to please everyone in the family.  Purchase pasture-raised, organic or free range whenever possible to boost the quality and nutrient content of the meat.

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What’s your favorite slow cooker recipe?

 

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About Author

Ashley Bailey, MS, RDN, LDN

Ashley is a Nutritionist at SAS Institute in Cary, NC. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Biofeedback Instructor, and has a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management. Outside of work, Ashley enjoys spending as much time as possible at the beach, running, cooking and crafting. Follow @abaileyRD on Twitter.

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