How to Slow Cook Your Way to a Six Pack
The slow cooker has been making a huge comeback in recent years, it’s a cooking utensil that was often used by older generations but fell by the wayside. Now everyone is buying one, as people realize just how easy it is to cook delicious meals with very little effort. But can slow cookers help you cook healthy meals too? In this article, we are going to look at some healthy slow cooking ideas that you can easily make yourself.
Stews and Casseroles
Like the slow cooker, stews and casseroles have come back from the brink of gastronomic extinction after years of being unfashionable. But a stew or casserole is basically lean meats cooked with lots of vegetables, basically the perfect diet food! They’re also perfect for slow cookers because the longer you cook them, the better. Diced beef, onions, carrots, leeks, beef stock, mushrooms, peas, all thrown into a slow cooker (after quickly searing the beef in a pan) make a perfect meal.
You can also make chicken casserole, or a dish like Irish Lamb Stew which is perfect for winter, or spring, or basically any time you want it (if you’re from an Irish family you’ll understand what we mean). The slow cooker is perfect for these dishes, and these dishes are perfect for dieting. A great combination.
High Protein Chillis
Chilli is without a doubt one of the best diet foods in existence, provided it is cooked right! Now if you want the lowest fat, highest protein chili around you can go for turkey chili, but everyone knows that lean beef makes for a better chili. Adding in kidney beans, white beans, chickpeas, chillis, onions, tomatoes etc … will help make your chili taste amazing, and will also boost that protein content.
High Protein Oatmeal
Yes as crazy as it sounds you can indeed make a really decent oatmeal in a slow cooker. Fill the slow cooker with rolled oats, add some dried fruit, pour in some milk, and cook on low. Once your oatmeal is ready (this should take around 2-3 hours) you can add vanilla protein powder and serve. If you’re worried about having to wait 3 hours for breakfast then don’t be. You can reheat this meal without spoiling the taste.
Due to being a common take-out meal, curries are often seen as unhealthy. But cooked in a slow cooker, and using curry powder, canned tomato, garlic, chicken, and onions, you can make a really high protein (and delicious curry) that you can eat immediately or freeze for future use.
Also known as braising steak, the chuck steak is the cheapest part of beef – and if you roasted this in the traditional way it would be pretty disappointing. But this cut of meat is perfect for slow cooking and makes an excellent pot roast. Place your chuck steak in a slow cooker with carrots and potatoes, mushroom soup, and dry onion soup mix. Cook for 9 hours on low and prepare for an amazing, high protein, and healthy meal!