2 Low-Calorie Slow Cooker Meals to Add to Your Diet
What used to be beach body season has turned into dad-bod season. It's a tongue-in-cheek jab at the fatherly physique with a little more gut than one would like. It's turned into a viral social media fad, and no one quite knows why.
Nonetheless, it might have you contemplating a diet. There's no harm in that. In fact, a diet can be made into a fun little treat if you know what recipes to explore. Slow cooker users can get into the action, too. If you're searching for some healthy low-calorie meals that are particularly delicious in the Crock-Pot® 6-Quart Cook & Carry™ Manual Slow Cooker, look no further.
Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken with Rice
Poultry is lean and full of protein, perfect for people trying to cut back on the calories and build a little muscle with exercise. This dish is a simple one that won't cut into your gym time.
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (cubed)
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup sriracha
- 1 yellow onion (chopped)
- 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
- 3 jalapenos (diced)
- 1 dash black pepper
- 1 cup uncooked brown rice
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes.
- In a saucepan, combine the olive oil, onion, jalapenos and bell peppers and saute for approximately 3 minutes.
- In your slow cooker, add the remaining ingredients and pour the saucepan mixture over the top. Cook on low with the lid on for 4 hours.
Barbecue Pulled Turkey Sandwiches
Before you ask, the answer is yes. Low-calorie meals can be just as fun and delicious as some of your favorite classics. If you're wondering what dishes are good for a cookout, try pulled turkey. It's a great alternative to pork.
- 1 red onion (chopped)
- 4 pounds boneless skinless turkey thighs
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons mustard
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 2 celery stalks (finely chopped)
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the red onion and celery to the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Use the cumin and chili powder as a dry rub for the turkey before adding it to the slow cooker as well. Add a pinch of salt and pepper if desired.
- Combine the barbecue sauce, mustard and sugar in a small bowl and stir. Pour the mixture over the turkey. Set the slow cooker to high and wait.
- After approximately 4 hours, the turkey should be tender enough to shred with two forks. Shred, add the apple cider vinegar and stir. Serve on whole wheat hamburger buns with a little shredded lettuce.