Whether you are cooking for a family, a group of friends, or meal prepping; you most likely have a crazy busy schedule and just don’t have the time to cook full meals everyday. In today’s society, we are consistently running around and staying busy. The slow cooker (Crock Pot) is going to be your best friend. All you need to do for most recipes is throw all the ingredients in the pot and let it cook for 4-8 hours. You can trow everything in the pot in the morning and when you get home after work, you’ll have dinner ready. Or you can put oatmeal in the pot before you go to bed and wake up to a healthy, filling breakfast.
Here are 5 of my favorite chicken crock pot recipes that are also diet friendly.
Try a few of these out the next time you know you will have a busy schedule coming up. Planning ahead is key to sticking to a healthy lifestyle. Having a pot of these ready will help you stay away from the fast food options for lunch and dinner, while also keeping the empty calories away. Also, a pro tip, invest in Crock Pot Liners! They will save you when it comes time to clean up.
Have any slow cooker recipes that your swear by? Please post them below in the comment section. I would love to give them a try!
Looking for a healthy meal but don’t have the time to get fancy and make something complicated? We’ve all definitely been there and it can be frustrating to try to find recipes that are quick, easy, and require few ingredients. One issue I always run into when looking at recipes is that almost all recipes require some sort of spice and seasoning that I do not have and it would be a waste of money to go buy them just for one meal. Below is a recipe that I love to make when I need to focus on eating clean but also need to have it be ready quickly.
Zucchini Noodle Chicken Bowl
This is one of my go-to recipes because it is only 5 ingredients, cooks fast, and tastes amazing. Zucchini noodles are just zucchini that have been spiraled instead of chopped. If you do not have a spiralizer in your kitchen, you can get a cheap one here. The idea here is to have the flavor and nutritional benefits of zucchini, but to create the texture of pasta. This will help trick your mind into thinking you are indulging in a bowl of spaghetti, when in fact, you are eating a low carb, low-calorie entrée. The best part of this is you can load up your bowl with as much zucchini as you want and not feel guilty about eating out of a large serving bowl. Another great thing about the recipe is that I mostly use chicken breast for the protein, but you can always change that up to steak, turkey, fish or any other type of protein so that it never gets old. Check out the ingredient list and cooking instructions below:
2 Medium Zucchini (spiraled)
1 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast
1/2 Cup Cherry Tomatoes
Chop the chicken breast into cubes and cook in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the chicken until the internal temperature is 165F and the inside is no longer pink.
Set Chicken aside and let cool
Spiralize the zucchini (if you don’t have a spiralizer, you can simply chop or julienne the zucchini)
Add zucchini into the skillet and saute over medium heat. Add in garlic salt and pepper (Or whatever seasoning you prefer or have handy). Cook until it starts to become slightly translucent. Try not to over cook/steam the zucchini. If cooked for too long it will lose its density and will be mostly mush.
Add zucchini and chicken into the bowl.
Cut the cherry tomatoes into halves and on top of the bowl.
Finish off the bowl with some garlic salt and pepper
Enjoy a delicious and low carb dinner!
As you can see from the recipe, this is super simple and can be made in under 30 minutes. You can also throw in chili powder or pesto or curry and change the flavor palate so that it never gets old. This is a good trick if you are meal prepping and do not want to be tired of all the food you made for later in the week.
If you are a wine lover and/or want to make this for a special date night dinner, go ahead and grab a nice Chardonnay to pair with this meal!