The easiest way to lock in healthy habits is by finding recipes that excite your taste buds while simultaneously providing your body with the nutrients needed to reach your weight loss goals. The crock pot is one of the most versatile appliances you could have in your kitchen as it can pull together a number of healthy and delicious recipes that make weight loss effortless and create an abundance of leftovers for you to enjoy throughout the week. If you’re hoping to improve your diet before the summertime so you can feel you best in your body, these are the eight crock pot recipes to try over the next few weeks to switch up your menu and enjoy healthy eating.
Crock Pot Beef & Broccoli
Loaded with protein and antioxidants, this simple and flavorful recipe is a delicious dinner which can be served over brown rice for a balance of protein and healthy carbs to keep you full and satisfied. Next time you feel tempted to order takeout, try cooking this up instead so you actually know the ingredients involved in your dish!
Ingredients: Boneless beef chuck, beef broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic cloves, cornstarch, broccoli florets, brown rice
Chicken Burrito Bowls
With chicken and beans providing ample protein, this dinner is the perfect replacement for a basic taco night. For those evenings where you’re craving Chipotle, break out the slow cooker and throw in your ingredients so that come dinnertime, you’ll have a decadent meal with hardly any effort.
Ingredients: Boneless skinless chicken, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, chili powder, salt, cumin, black beans, brown rice, corn kernels
If you follow a plant-based diet, this chili recipe is perfect for you. Packed with beans, vegetables, and lentils, this dish delivers both protein and flavor, promising to keep you full long after eating. Ideal for cooler spring nights, make this chili in excess and freeze the leftovers to enjoy later in the week when you don’t have the energy to cook.
Ingredients: Pinto beans, black beans, kidney beans, red lentils, crushed tomatoes, chili sauce, red wine vinegar, vegetable broth, garlic cloves, carrot, red bell pepper, mushrooms, onion, chili powder, paprika, cumin, black pepper, sea salt, red pepper flakes, oregano
Crock Pot Enchiladas
Another veggie packed dinner, this delicious recipe will quickly become a weeknight staple that’s easy to throw together and offers a variety of nutrients perfect for a balanced diet. Take out the meat to make it vegetarian, or enjoy as is for an extra boost of protein.
Ingredients: Long grain rice, chicken broth, zucchini, red pepper, green pepper, red onion, carrot, black beans, cumin, red enchilada sauce, chicken breast, salt and pepper, cheddar cheese, frozen corn
Lentils are a great plant-based protein source, so this recipe is a great addition to your meal plan for simple weight loss. Loaded with anti-inflammatory veggies and rich flavor, this soup proves that healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring.
Ingredients: Green lentils, vegetable stock, celery, carrots, yellow onion, garlic, thyme, oregano, cumin, paprika, bay leaves, diced tomatoes, black pepper, baby spinach
Honey Garlic Chicken
If you’re looking for a recipe that’s quick, easy, and delicious, this honey garlic chicken fits the bill! Served with a side of greens and some rice, this dinner hits all the important macronutrients your diet should include without skimping on flavor.
Ingredients: Chicken breast, honey, soy sauce, water, apple cider vinegar, garlic
Thai Chicken Curry
Throwing together a curry is one of the easiest ways to create a healthy and delicious meal that incorporates a number of veggies and protein to benefit your eating plan. Loaded with flavor and valuable nutrients, this recipe makes for a great meal right when you make it, as well as amazing leftovers!
Ingredients: Chicken stock, red curry paste, soy sauce, coconut sugar, minced ginger, fish sauce, garlic, boneless skinless chicken, butternut squash, yellow onion, chili peppers, coconut milk, kale
Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
Stuffed peppers are a great way to get a full serving of veggies without a second thought, and quinoa is a delicious grain which provides ample nutritional benefits while keeping you full. Hearty and vegan, this meal is perfect for those who want something simple and fresh to end the day with.
Ingredients: Quinoa, salsa, corn, black beans, cumin, chili powder, paprika, garlic salt, salt, bell peppers, avocados, lim, hot sauce, cilantro