5 Simple Slow Cooker Recipes That’ll Change How You Look At Food

Are you a food junkie? Love to eat healthy? Sick of the same old dry salad you take for lunch? Sick of quinoa dishes that taste like raw cardboard?

Me too, and I’m a food LOVER. I want dishes with a kick, but that still fit into my on-again off-again diet, that is supposed to get me a bikini bod by June. Believe or not, you can have all of this with a slow cooker, and I’m about to tell you why this piece of kitchen machinery will be the best thing you will EVER buy (with some recipes to get you started!)

  1. Your life is too nutty to be wasting time making gourmet meals.

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Who has time to make REAL food or long ass recipes with 40 min prep times? We’d all love to be able to cook like our moms, but it’s just not happening between school, work, the gym, and the long hangover days. Your life is nutty and a slow cooker will understand this! You can keep it this way, with this nutty recipe: Crockpot Thai Peanut Chicken. This recipe, has minimal prep time, because you’re essentially just throwing everything into a pot and leaving it for 5 hours. PLUS most recipes serve 6-10+, so you have lunches set for the whole week! Meal prep, CHECK!

  1.  Eating your greens while also keeping your $$$. 

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I’m a student myself and hate going grocery shopping because the cost is enough to send me into cardiac arrest. “Like this $80 grocery bill could have been used for those new boots I want” (oh yah, but I still need to eat). Being a student means needing to spend as little as possible, and a slow cooker can assist! Most recipes involve big portions that last for days, with ingredients that cost very little, like these Slow Cooker Green Burrito Bowls.

  1. Health is a slow cookers middle name.

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The best thing about a slow cooker is how it can help you make healthy choices and changes in your diet. There are hundreds of recipes out there with a multitude of spices that jump-start your immune system, and veggies galore that enrich your nutritious lifestyle. Load up on the good stuff and throw it straight into the pot. Maybe even start with these Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers.

  1. Comfort food with a kick.

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A slow cooker takes your bland food to a whole new level. It spices up your life! I know that during my long work day, the last thing I am looking forward to at lunch is a SALAD. I want a hearty meal to make me feel like I can last through the afternoon. Slow cookers allow you to still have that healthy meal, while also filling you with a little warmth. One of my favorite comfort food recipes is this Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa Bake.

  1. Cleaning is easy peasy lemon squeezy.

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One pot, one mess! I love being able to scoop all my delicious food into Tupperware containers, and throw my messy pot into the sink for a soak. Let the hot water and some suds do the trick as you taste test your masterpiece. You can even buy slow cooker liners that can go straight into the garbage pan if you’re feeling extra lazy! And while we are at it, this Lemon Chicken Artichoke Soup is also easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Food nourishes us, enriches us and delights us, and in my world, nothing is as important as a good meal. Delicious food can take your working afternoon from 0 to 100, and a hearty dinner after a workout can leave you the utmost satisfied. Nothing will make you happier than a slow cooker. I’m in love with mine and I know you will be too!

Featured image via Damn Delicious

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