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Healthy Recipes to Start the New Year off Right

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Are you still finalizing your New Year's resolutions? If you're trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle in 2015, we've got you covered. 

Before you head off to the gym, set up your slow cooker and allow one of these tasty dishes to warm up while you work out. Crock-Pot Girl™ Jenn Bare has a variety of hearty and healthy dishes you should try during the first few months of the year.

Spinach and Cheese Frittata
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day - treat your body right and get your metabolism going first thing in the morning. Try this slow cooker spinach and cheese frittata whether you're prepping breakfast for your friends or making a meal for yourself.

You'll need: 

  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons milk (can use almond or skim)
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Coat the bottom of a medium-sized skillet with olive oil, then sautée onion and garlic until they're translucent. In a small bowl, whisk together 3/4 cup mozzarella, sautéed vegetables, eggs, egg whites, milk, spinach, tomato, salt and pepper. Add this mixture to your slow cooker, then top with remaining cheese. Cover the meal and cook for 1-1 1/2 hours on low. 

Honey Almond Chicken
Looking for a lean dinner option? Jenn Bare's slow cooker honey almond chicken will do the trick.

You'll need:

  • 4 chicken breasts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup almonds, slivered
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup snap peas
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Line the bottom of your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray, then add the chicken breasts, topped with almond slices. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together soy sauce, honey, ginger and canola oil, then pour the mixture over the chicken. Garnish with onion and cover the stoneware. Cook for 4 hours on high, or 8 hours on low. 

About 15 minutes before the dish is done, remove your chicken breasts and add cornstarch and water to the contents. Place the chicken back in the slow cooker and allow the dish to finish cooking.

Searching for slimming sides?
Try using your slow cooker to whip up one of the following sides, perfect for cutting both calories and time from your overall cooking process.

Due to the slow ramp up, and even heating of a slow cooker, recipes featured on this site can be cooked in a range of slow cooker sizes. Recipes can be increased or decreased by one quart size per the cooking instructions. For smaller sauces and dips that calls for 3 quarts or less, it is not recommended to alter the unit size. Crock-Pot® is a registered trademark and should not be used generically when referring to a 'slow cooker' within the recipes.
Sunbeam Products, Inc. d/b/a Jarden Consumer Solutions has not tested these recipes and is not responsible for the outcome of any recipe. You may not achieve the results desired due to variations in ingredients, cooking temperatures, cooking times, typos, errors, omissions, or individual cooking abilities. Please always use your best judgment when cooking with raw ingredients such as eggs, chicken or fish.


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