Slow Cooker Applesauce Chicken with Sweet Potatoes

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Oh. Wow.  This is a really simple slow cooker meal, but it is SO yummy and hearty!  It makes for an amazing meal!  On top of it’s awesome flavor, it is extremely good for you.  Some of the health benefits of some of the ingredients in this are explained in the following pins.

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Pretty awesome, huh?  Believe me, you will love this dinner. Plus, who doesn’t love a slow cooker meal?  Pretty much just dump and go – so simple!

SLOW COOKER APPLESAUCE CHICKEN WITH SWEET POTATOES

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 small sweet potatoes, washed, peeled, and cubed
  • 1/2 large red onion, chopped
  • 3/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Sea Salt to taste

Directions:

1.) Layer the sweet potato and the chicken in the slow cooker

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2.) In a small bowl, combine the applesauce, garlic powder, onion, and apple cider vinegar.  Poor over the chicken and sweet potatoes in the slow cooker.

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3.) Cook on low for 7-8 hours.

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4.) Spoon out individual chicken breasts to serve and top with the sweet potatoes.  Season with sea salt.

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Delicious! Enjoy! 🙂

Slow Cooker Chicken and Veggie Casserole

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Yay!  A slow cooker recipe!  I know I’ve mentioned it (or gabbed on and on about it), but I love my slow cooker!  It makes things so easy…and yummy!  I made this chicken and veggie casserole in my slow cooker, and I couldn’t be happier with the result!  As usual, this is a healthy dish.  The ingredients in this casserole provide great health benefits, some of which are the following.

  • Great for eye health
  • Cancer prevention
  • Immune boosting
  • Heart Healthy
  • Good source of folate
  • Good for digestion

These are just to name a few!  I love when I can make something that is so good for me, and it’s easy and yummy!  So, let’s get to the recipe!

SLOW COOKER CHICKEN AND VEGGIE CASSEROLE

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 2 cups frozen french style green beans
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped leeks
  • 1.5 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp. brown rice flour
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 10 oz. plain greek yogurt
  • crackers of your choice: I used organic brown rice snaps shown in the following picture

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Directions:

1.) Place your chicken breasts in the slow cooker pot.  Top with the peas and green beans.

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2.) In a frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the carrots, leeks, garlic, basil, and sea salt. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

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3.) Add the flour and stir to coat.

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4.) Add the chicken broth to the pan, and stir until it thickens.

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5.) Add this mixture to the slow cooker.

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6.) Cook on low for 5 hours.  Then open the lid, and use two forks to shred the chicken.  Add the yogurt, and stir to combine.

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7.) Ladle into bowls, then crumble the crackers over the top, then serve.

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Enjoy! 🙂

Stuffed Pepper Soup

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This stuff is GOOD!  Tastes just like a stuffed pepper, but in soup form!  Stuffed peppers are SO yummy!  The following pin got me to thinking about how yummy those guys are!

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I decided that I wanted the taste of stuffed peppers, but I was being lazy, so I didn’t want to put in the work to get them!  Enter slow cooker…oh my gosh, this thing has come to my lazy rescue so many times.

I put together some ingredients that would make for a healthy stuffed pepper recipe, and I added a bit of chicken broth.  Threw it all in the slow cooker, and wa-lah!  Deliciousness achieved with WAY less work!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 large green pepper, cored and chopped
  • 2 red peppers, cored and chopped
  • 5 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • sea salt, to taste
  • cheese of choice for topping (optional) – I didn’t use any, but I think it would be yummy with some!

Directions

1.) Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan.  Add the onion and ground turkey.  Cook until the turkey is cooked through.

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2.) Place the mixture in the bottom of the slow cooker.

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3.) Add the peppers, tomatoes, rice, chicken broth, garlic powder, oregano, and basil.

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4.) Cook on low for 7 hours.

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5.) Use a ladle to scoop into bowls.  Season with sea salt, and top with cheese if desired.

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A stuffed pepper in a bowl!  SO yummy!  Enjoy! 🙂

Slow Cooker Chicken Kale Soup

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Yes, I am posting ANOTHER slow cooker soup recipe – sorry, I can’t help it!  The slow cooker recipes are so easy, and soup is so delicious and incredibly easy to make really healthy without sacrificing flavor.  This recipe, in particular, is packed full of kale and quinoa – both are incredibly healthy ingredients!

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These two ingredients, along with all the other healthy ingredients in this soup, make this soup a huge winner in my book!

SLOW COOKER CHICKEN KALE SOUP

Ingredients

  • 3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts (raw)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 3/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup dry quinoa
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 7 cups homemade chicken broth
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed – make sure the can is BPA free
  • 4 cups packed kale, roughly chopped (thick ribs chopped and discarded)
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Olive oil

Directions

1.) Drizzle the bottom of your slow cooker with olive oil.  Add the chicken breast, then the onion and celery, garlic powder, thyme, rosemary, and chicken broth.  Cook on high for three hours.

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2.) After cooking for three hours on high, add the quinoa, then cook on low for 1 hour.

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3.) Use two forks to tear the chicken apart into bite size pieces – it should come apart easily.  Rinse your beans and add them to the slow cooker.  Cook for another 30 minutes on low.

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4.) Add your kale to the slow cooker and cook for an additional 10-20 minutes on low till the kale is at the consistency you desire.

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4.) Ladle into bowls, and season with sea salt.

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Enjoy! 🙂

Lentil Quinoa Chili

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Okay, so this may be the best chili I’ve ever eaten!  There’s no meat in it, so I was actually surprised that I liked it so much since I normally would prefer meat in my chili!  I got the idea for this recipe from the following pin.

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I changed it up a lot, and made it my own, and turned it into a slow cooker recipe, and the result is phenomenal!  Don’t think for a second that this isn’t hearty due to it’s lack of meat – it is SO filling!  Of course, the ingredients are all great for you and provide some awesome health benefits, so you can feel great about eating it!  Some of those health benefits are as follows.

  • helps to lower cholesterol
  • heart healthy
  • high quality protein
  • Anti-oxidant
  • STRONGLY anti-inflammatory
  • great for weight loss
  • high in fiber
  • cancer prevention
  • helps to regulate blood sugar
  • energy boosting

If you are a chili lover, this recipe is a must-try!

LENTIL QUINOA CHILI

Ingredients:

  • 2 small red onions, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup dry green lentils, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup dry quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 15 oz. can tri bean blend (or beans of your choice)
  • 3/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. oregano

Directions:

1.) Add all the ingredients to a slow cooker, stir, then cook on high for 5-6 hours or on low for 7-8 hours.

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Top with plain greek yogurt, green onions, and/or cheese, if desired, then sit back and get ready to get flavor punched with how delicious this is – you will be blown away!  Enjoy! 🙂

Antioxidant Packed Soup

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I found a recipe for “Fat flushing” soup from the following pin.

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The recipe for this soup is fantastic for your health!  Personally, I’m not too concerned with “fat flushing”, but I am ALWAYS concerned with cleansing the body and keeping toxins at bay which this soup is fantastic for.  I made a few changes here and there to the recipe.  Some to make it include whole foods rather than canned or boxed, and some just because I didn’t have the original recipes ingredients on hand, so I substituted.

Due to the amazingly healthy ingredients in this soup, it has the following health benefits.

  • helps promote healthy intestine function
  • packed with antioxidants
  • packed with fiber
  • cancer fighting
  • boosts immunity
  • lowers cholesterol
  • reduces inflammation
  • helps control blood pressure
  • good for the eyes, urinary tract, prostate, heart, nervous system, and brain function…phew!

and on and on it goes!  I call this soup a power soup for a reason!  The best part is that it tastes amazing and because of the high level of fiber, it’s quite filling!  Oh wait, maybe that’s not the best part…I forgot to mention that this is a slow cooker recipe, so it’s ridiculously EASY!!!

ANTIOXIDANT AND FIBER PACKED POWER SOUP

Ingredients:

  • 1 large zucchini chopped into large pieces
  • 4 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2 large stalks of celery chopped
  • 1 large red onion chopped
  • 4 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1-15oz. can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 cups baby spinach

Directions:

1.) Chop all your veggies

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2.) Put all the ingredients except the spinach into the slow cooker.

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3.) Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

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4.) Add the spinach, and cook for about 5 more minutes until the spinach is wilted.

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5.) Ladel into soup bowls, season with sea salt (to taste) and serve!

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YUUUUMMMMM!!!  Enjoy! 🙂

HEALTHY SLOW COOKER PINEAPPLE CHICKEN

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This recipe is SO delicious!!!  I got the idea from the following pin:

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I made my own sauce to make it healthier, and it turned out great, and of course, because it is made in the slow cooker, it is SO easy!!!  I paired it with some quinoa, and I made a “hawaiian” salad with a spicy pineapple dressing to go along with it.  I will post that recipe in the next few days and come back and link it, because this dish with that salad makes for a perfect meal – my  husband and I both enjoyed it very much!  But today, let’s just concentrate on this chicken – SO yummy, healthy and easy!

HEALTHY SLOW COOKER PINEAPPLE CHICKEN

Ingredients (makes 3 servings)

  • 3 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 20 oz can pineapple chunks (make sure the can is bpa free)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • a small amount of stevia
  • 2 tsp. coconut aminos (or you can use soy sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions

1.) Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat.  Add the chicken breasts and brown on each side for 5 minutes each.  Transfer the chicken breasts to the slow cooker.

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2. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the pineapple, apple cider vinegar, stevia, coconut amines, garlic powder, cornstarch, and water.

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3.) Pour the sauce over the chicken in the slow cooker.

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4.) Cook on high for 4-6 hours (I did mine for 5 hours, and it was perfect)

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5.) Serve over quinoa.

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Enjoy! 🙂