5 Best Healthy Slow Cooker Meals

Eating healthy while on a busy schedule isn’t easy. That is why so many of us resort to take out meals and drive through dinners just to get something in our bellies. But you don’t have to resort to greasy bag food to get something to eat if you’re short on time. With a little pre-planning and a slow cooker you can have a hot, delicious and healthy meal waiting and ready when you get home from work.
Vegetable Soup
One of the easiest and healthiest slow cooker meals out there is vegetable soup. It is also one of the most customizable meals you can make. The types of vegetables you can add to the soup are only limited by your personal palette. Leeks, carrots, potatoes and celery are always a good base to vegetable beef soup. All you need to do is cut these fresh vegetables up and put them in the slow cooker and cover them with the stock of your choice. Cook on low for 8 hours and you have a filling healthy meal and probably enough leftovers to freeze for a second dinner at a later date.

Pulled Pork
Pulled pork sandwiches are not only a delicious and filling meal, but pork is one of the best lean proteins available on the market. All you will need is a piece of pork butt or pork shoulder. Place it in about inch of water and season profusely. From there, cook on high for 6-8 hours and your pork should be pull apart ready by the time you get home from work.

Pot Roast
There is no more filling and enjoyable meal than a nice pot roast. With a slow cooker and a little planning, you can have a hot meal waiting as soon as you step through the door. A good pot roast only calls for potatoes, carrots, celery and a chuck roast. Season your meat and make sure that your veggies are submerged in water. Cook on high for 6-8 hours, depending on the size of the roast.

Oatmeal
Want a hot breakfast instead of a hot dinner? Many people forget that you can make sweet and healthy breakfast dishes as well. All you need is steel cut oats, fruits of your choice like raisins and dates, and plain yogurt and you can have a nutritious breakfast that is hot and ready when you are.


Slow Cooker Applesauce

Apple Butter
Are you looking for something a little healthier to spread on your toast in the morning? Then apple butter is what you have been looking for. This simple, natural treat is just made from apples, cider and a little cinnamon. Simply core, slice and peel your apples and layer them on the bottom of the slow cooker. Then cover in your cider or juice and season to taste. Let your concoction cook on low for 12-15 hours before pureeing and sealing in an air tight container. In a good, tightly capped jar the apple butter will keep for up to 3 weeks in the fridge.

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