Protein-Packed Slow Cooker Dishes
When you want a hearty nutritious meal, you might turn to one that's packed with protein. The nutrient has a number of benefits - not only does it help you build muscle mass, but it also keeps you feeling full for a while. Dishes that feature fish or chicken are some of the top choices for a protein-packed dish, but you might not have the time to devote to mastering one of these meals.
Fortunately, your slow cooker can help. You can place all of the necessary ingredients in your Crock-Pot® 6-Quart Slow Cooker, select your setting, and continue your day as planned. When you return home, your hearty meal will be waiting for you. Try these protein-packed dishes that can be effortlessly prepared in your slow cooker.
Sweet n' Spicy Salmon
If you're having trouble deciding whether you want something sweet or spicy, why not just go with both? This recipe calls for both cayenne pepper and brown sugar, which may sound odd, but it's actually a great combination. Both ingredients bring out different elements of the fish, and as an added bonus, you won't even need a dessert afterward!
- 4 cloves minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 12-ounce salmon filets
- aluminum foil to wrap fish
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro.
In a small bowl, mix garlic, lemon juice and olive oil. Get a separate bowl and combine paprika, cumin, salt, brown sugar and cayenne pepper. Place fish on aluminum foil large enough to completely cover it. Drizzle oil mixture and sprinkle spice mixture on top of fish, then fold up the foil and place it in your slow cooker. Cover with lid and cook on low for 2 hours. Remove fish from slow cooker and garnish with chopped cilantro.
Honey Sesame Chicken
Keeping with the sweet and spicy theme, this honey sesame chicken has the perfect mix of sugar and spice. It's also packed with protein, so you're sure to feel satisfied for hours on end.
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 3 teaspoons arrowroot flour
- 1/3 cup water
- 3 tablespoons sesame seeds.
Place chicken in slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine garlic, honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, ketchup, olive oil, onion, ginger and red pepper flakes. Pour over chicken and cover with lid. Cook on low for 4 hours, then remove all ingredients from the slow cooker. Pick out the chicken and keep it to the side. Pour the sauce into a saucepan and cook over medium heat. Add flour and water to sauce, stirring continuously to thicken the mixture. Turn the heat down to low and add the chicken, coating the meat with the sauce. Remove from heat and sprinkle with sesame seeds.