Butternut Squash and Parsnip Soup

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Yay!  Another slow cooker recipe – oh, and it’s a GOOD one!  You will love this stuff!  On top of that, it is so ridiculously good for you, that I. can’t. even. 🙂

Okay, for starters, this soup contains parsnip.  A parsnip is this awesome root vegetable that has a ton of health benefits, so I love when I come across or come up with a recipe that incorporates them!  Check out some of the health benefits on the following pin!

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See?!  Told ya!  And guess what?  That’s just one of the amazing ingredients in this creamy and delicious soup!  So, I mean it when I say it is SO good for you.  It’s also good for your appetite, because it’s quite filling.  You will feel healthy and satisfied after eating this delicious treat!

SLOW COOKER BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND PARSNIP SOUP

Ingredients

  • 2 parsnips, peeled and chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 5 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 1 honey crisp apple (any apple variety will do, but I LOVE honey crisp!), cored and chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth (for a vegetarian option, use veggie broth)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/8 tsp. ground sage
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • Plain greek yogurt

Directions

1.) Add all the ingredients to a slow cooker and stir.

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2.) Cook on low for 6-7 hours.

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3.) In batches, transfer to a blender and blend till smooth.

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4.) Split up in bowls.  Top with a dollop of plain greek yogurt, and season with more sea salt and pepper if desired.

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SO GOOD!  Enjoy! 🙂

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies

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Have I mentioned how much I love my slow cooker?  Ha!  Probably only every other post!  Well, I used my slow cooker to prepare yet another delicious dinner! It’s so simple to make with the help of my trusty cooker that I feel like I’m getting aways with something!  At any rate, it’s delicious, and of course great for you with all the health benefits that the veggies provide!

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Look at all those happy things that this dish does for your body!  On top of that, the chicken, apple cider vinegar, honey, and garlic in this dish are also nutrition powerhouses.  Needless to say, this is REALLY good for you, and I love me a meal that tastes amazing and is so good for me!

Of course, with it being a slow cooker meal, it’s super simple to make, so let’s take a look at just how simple!

SLOW COOKER HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN AND VEGGIES

Ingredients

  • 1 – 1.5 lbs. boneless and skinless chicken breast
  • 1 very large rutabaga, washed, peeled, and cut into chunks
  • 1 lb. baby carrots
  • 1 lb. green beans
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 tsp. garlic granules
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • Sea Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

1.) Place the chicken at the bottom of a slow cooker and top with the rutabaga and carrots.

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2.) In a small bowl, combine the apple cider vinegar, honey, water, garlic, oregano, and basil.

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3.) Pour the contents of the bowl over the contents of the slow cooker.  Close the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

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4.) When there is about 40-45 minutes left, add the green beans.  Stir to combine and cook the remaining time.

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5.) Transfer the veggies and chicken to plates to serve.  Season with sea salt and pepper.

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SOOOOO good, and doesn’t it look so pretty?  Enjoy! 🙂

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!

STUFFED PEPPER SOUP

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! 🙂