Tag Archives: Slow cooker

Easy Slow Cooker Couscous Soup – Vegetarian

Easy Slow Cooker Couscous Soup – Vegetarian

easy slow cooker couscous soup vegetarian kidney bean onion carrot tomato So I hear that it’s gloomy and cold in my hometown in the suburbs of Chicago but it sure doesn’t seem like it here in sunny Arizona where it was 81 degrees 2 days ago. On November 9th, it’s sunny and 81!! Unheard of. At least for me because I’ve lived in Illinois the majority of my adulthood.

But my internal clock tells me it’s yummy cozy slow cooker soup season for sure. I found this recipe and my mouth started watering. I loved the simple ingredients and the fact that it included couscous which makes me feel like I’m being bad and eating pasta but couscous actually has protein and fiber in it. So I’m not being super bad by eating pasta but also not being super awesome by eating quinoa, couscous is somewhere in the middle for me.

easy slow cooker couscous soup vegetarian kidney bean onion carrot tomato This recipe came together so fast and easy and unlike other crock pot recipes that take 4 – 6 hours, this one only takes about 2 hours on low. A nice, easy, healthy, warm and cozy vegetarian soup just like that. And it freezes really good too.

slow cooker vegetarian couscous soup red pepper carrot onion broth If you really like carrots, add more carrots, if you like more green red orange or yellow bell peppers then add more. The recipe is so simple that you can easily customize it to your particular taste.

slow cooker vegetarian couscous soup red pepper carrot onion broth You can decide how much seasoning you prefer too. I like a little kick to my recipes so I added a 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne and it was perfect for me. But at the very least, the salt, pepper and oregano give a great flavor and mix really good with the flavor of the fire roasted tomatoes.

slow cooker vegetarian couscous soup red pepper carrot onion broth I love having a good soup in the fridge ready to heat up. This recipe makes A LOT. I had to use my 6 quart slow cooker. But it’s so good and hearty, not to mention nutritious that the hubby and I go through it really fast. None goes to waste, that’s for sure.

easy slow cooker couscous soup vegetarian kidney bean onion carrot tomato

Easy Couscous Soup in the Slow Cooker
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Vegetarian
Serves: 6 - 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Israeli or Pearl Couscous, NOT cooked
  • 48 ounces (6 cups) organic vegetable broth
  • 2 cans (15 oz. each) organic red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14.5 to 15 ounce can) organic diced tomatoes (I used fire roasted diced tomatoes)
  • 1 cup organic carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 organic bell pepper, finely chopped. (I used red but use whichever is your favorite)
  • 1 organic onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon butter (grass fed or ghee)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Optional: ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper if you like a little more zing
Instructions
  1. Heat butter in skillet and add onions, carrots and bell pepper.
  2. Continue sauteing until the onions become translucent (about 10 minutes).
  3. Add all other ingredients to the crock pot and when the vegetables are done sauteing, add them too. Stir.
  4. Set slow cooker on low for 2 hours. After 2 hours, check to see if the couscous is tender. If so, stir and turn off but let soup sit for another 30 minutes before serving.
  5. Eat and be warm and cozy.

 

Low Fat Chicken, Quinoa and Veggie Soup

Low Fat Chicken, Quinoa and Veggie Soup

chicken quinoa sweet potato onion carrot garbanzo bean slow cooker protein gluten freeI mentioned in another recipe that my husband and I are in the process of packing up our house and moving from Illinois to Arizona in the next several weeks so I needed a super easy, hearty meal that would leave me with a good amount of leftovers so I could skip cooking for a day or two.

chicken quinoa sweet potato onion carrot garbanzo bean slow cooker protein gluten freeWe eat soup all year long, not just in the winter. It’s a good thing too because there will be long snowy freezing nights in Arizona (really looking forward to that).

chicken quinoa sweet potato onion carrot garbanzo bean slow cooker protein gluten freeBehold Low Fat Chicken, Quinoa and Veggie Soup! I had a pound of chicken breast and veggies in the fridge because we had just hit the market the other day. I gathered my favorites, added some quinoa and garbanzo bean for even more of a protein punch. Lean protein and veggies was just what I needed.

Low Fat Chicken, Quinoa and Veggie Soup
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Protein, Slow Cooker
Serves: A LOT
Ingredients
  • 1 lb chicken breast, cubed into 1 inch pieces
  • 32 ounces chicken broth (use gluten-free if needed)
  • 1 small sweet potato, cubed small
  • ½ cup dry quinoa (rinse if your brand isn't pre-rinsed)
  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • ½ cup sliced carrots
  • ½ yellow onion, diced small
  • ½ cup shitake mushrooms, diced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • dash salt/pepper
Instructions
  1. Use at least a 4 quart slow cooker.
  2. Place cubed chicken and sweet potato in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  3. Add everything else on top of the chicken and sweet potato, spices last.
  4. Stir to combine everything but try to keep the chicken sweet potato towards the bottom of the slow cooker.
  5. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  6. If the quinoa soaks up too much of the liquid, just add a cup or so of water, depending on how thick you like your soup.

 

Super Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Chipotle Chicken

Slow Cooker Shredded Chipotle Chicken

slow cooker chipotle chicken shredded protein paleo easy

Ever since being on vacation and missing my kitchen more than a normal person should, I have been needing to make a crock pot dish. Something about the crock pot makes me feel homey.

This super easy recipe has so much going for it. It has very few ingredients which of course warms my heart, paleo, protein dish, low-carb, and low calorie.

slow cooker chipotle chicken shredded protein paleo easy

I made this and topped roasted brussel sprouts and added a slice of avocado and a squirt of lime over the top. Perfecto. I reheated the leftovers and had it in butter lettuce cups topped with a slice of avocado for a light lunch too.

slow cooker chipotle chicken shredded protein paleo easy

Crock Pot Shredded Chipotle Chicken
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Paleo, Protein, Crock Pot, Chicken, Low Carb
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 can diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 - 4 ounce can diced green chilis
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (I use the kind from a jar)
Instructions
  1. Place everything except chicken breasts in slow cooker and mix until combined.
  2. Place chicken breasts on top mixture and bury so the chicken is completely covered.
  3. Cook on low for 5 hours.
  4. With a slotted spoon, remove the chicken and shred with a fork.
  5. Top chicken with tomato onion mixture and enjoy.

 

Sweet and Spicy Coconut Mango Chicken

Sweet and Spicy Coconut Mango Chicken

coconut mango chicken sweet spicy slow cooker protein tropical paleo Once again I am posting from beautiful South Dakota while sitting in a Perkins because they seem to have the best wifi connection in town.  Yesterday we did a 10K hike (3.5 miles each way) to the top of Harney Peak in Custer State Park.

custer state park south dakota harney peak hikeI was overcome with gratitude that my husband and I were able to do this challenging 5 hour hike because 100 pounds ago, it may have killed me. So when people ask “why would you want to hike to the top of a mountain?”, my response now is always, “because I can”.

custer state park south dakota harney peak hikeWhile vacation is always great, I do miss home cooking and creating healthy recipes. Eating out can be challenging, especially in an area that doesn’t really make organic, preservative free meals a priority. That being said, try cooking this Sweet and Spicy Coconut Mango Chicken in my honor while I’m out West.

This recipe is so easy and simple. Very few ingredients and full of protein and flavor. Seriously, anybody can make this. You cannot screw it up. That might be going too far because I’ve been known to mess up the simplest of things but you know what I mean.

coconut mango chicken sweet spicy slow cooker protein tropical paleo

While this was cooking in the slow cooker, my house smelled like Hawaii. We rent homes when we vacation there so we can cook our food and play like we live there so using mango and coconut in anything automatically brings my senses back there.

coconut mango chicken sweet spicy slow cooker protein tropical paleo

You can also serve this as a chunky stew or top some cauliflower rice with it. I do recommend the topping of sweetened coconut flakes, it really adds a lot to the flavor.

Sweet and Spicy Coconut Mango Chicken
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Paleo, Low-Fat, Protein
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken, cubed
  • 2 medium semi-ripe mango, diced into chunks, reserve pits (you will use the pits in the slow cooker for extra flavor and discard after cooking is finished)
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk (I use Trader Joe's brand)
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle flakes
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • shredded sweetened coconut (I use Trader Joe's brand)
  • butter lettuce
Instructions
  1. Put mango chunks, mango pits, coconut milk, chipotle flakes and red pepper flakes in slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  2. Cube your chicken into bite size pieces and add to the slow cooker. Stir to make sure all chicken is coated in coconut milk mixture.
  3. Set slow cooker on low for 5 hours.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, remove the mango pit and discard.
  5. SERVING SUGGESTIONS:
  6. Using a slotted spoon, drain and spoon onto butter lettuce cups, top with sweetened shredded coconut.
  7. Spoon chicken with the coconut sauce over some quinoa or cauliflower rice, top with sweetened shredded coconut.
  8. Just have a bowl of chicken and coconut sauce as a stew and a fresh pita.

 

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Cups – Paleo, Gluten-Free

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Cups – Paleo, Gluten-Free

cashew chicken paleo gluten free lettuce wrap cup nut low fat

I love Chinese food but eating healthy and Chinese food don’t always go together. I’ve posted a couple of great paleo Chinese dishes like my paleo orange chicken and paleo faux fried rice which I make on a regular basis so this dish will feel right at home.

cashew chicken paleo gluten free lettuce wrap cup nut low fat

I found this great recipe, made a few minor tweaks, grabbed some butter lettuce and I was a happy Bunny. Nommy nom nom.

Even better was that the main cooking time of this dish goes on in the slow cooker but it’s the quickest slow cooker recipe I’ve made. What sped it up was the few minutes of sauteing the chicken. A few minutes saved a few hours in the slow cooker so that was cool.

cashew chicken paleo gluten free lettuce wrap cup nut low fat

My hubby is usually my taste tester and I knew he loved this recipe because after he had eaten this 2 times he asked if there was any more left. The first time he had it he ate it warmed but then he started eating it on organic pita bread cold like it was a fancy chicken salad.

 { I always use organics whenever available }

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Cups - Paleo, Gluten-Free
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Protein
Ingredients
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite size chunks
  • ¼ cup arrowroot flour
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp ghee (can sub with coconut oil)
  • 2 green onions, chopped (white parts and green parts separated)
  • 2 tsp minced garlic (I used the kind from a jar)
  • 2 Tbsp organic tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp coconut palm sugar
  • ¼ tsp dried ginger
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp coconut aminos (can sub with soy sauce or gluten free tamari)
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ cup cashews
Instructions
  1. In a bag, combine the black pepper and flour. Add the chicken and give the bag a good shaking to the chicken is coated in the flour.
  2. In a skillet, heat the ghee and cook the chicken for a few minutes on each side on medium-high heat.
  3. In a bowl, combine all other ingredients (except for the green parts of the onion and cashews)
  4. Put the chicken and sauce into a slow cooker. Stir in the cashews.
  5. Cook on low for 2⅓ - 3 hours.
  6. Serve in butter lettuce cups and sprinkle with the green parts of the onion or on top of my paleo faux fried rice (see link to recipe in body of posting).

 

Enhanced by Zemanta