Warmer Weather, Lighter Dishes
Summer means late nights on the porch, showing off your favorite sundresses and - you guessed it - bikini season. Before you head off to the beach for a vacation, you'll want to work on getting yourself in shape by treating your body to healthy dishes that will keep you slim and energetic.
Your slow cooker can be a valuable resource as you're searching for healthy - yet filling - dishes to enjoy in the spring. Open up your windows, let the wind blow in your kitchen and start whipping up one of these low-fat meals to keep your body satisfied.
Slow Cooker Paleo Cashew Chicken
Crock-Pot Girl™ Jenn Bare offers a tasty spin on healthy chicken with this nutrient- and protein-rich dish. You'll want to serve this plate with plain or wild rice, or a heaping side of steamed green vegetables like broccoli or green beans.
- 1/4 cup tapioca flour
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
- 1 white onion, diced
- 2 pounds chicken breasts, cut into pieces
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons organic ketchup
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger
- 1/2 - 1 tablespoon organic sugar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 carrots, sliced
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
Place flour and pepper in a large plastic bag, then add chicken pieces. Seal the bag and toss around pieces until they're well covered. Spray your slow cooker with nonstick spray, then add onion and coconut aminos. Place coated chicken pieces on top of the onion. In a large bowl, combine wine vinegar, ketchup, ginger, sugar, garlic, pepper flakes and carrots. Pour over chicken, then cook for about 3 to 4 hours on low. Stir in cashews before serving.
Slow Cooker Lemon Caper Halibut
When it comes to getting your daily dose of protein, few options are as healthy as fish. This dish goes well with Brussels sprouts or steamed asparagus.
- 4 halibut filets
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1/2 cup white wine or low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon capers
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Salt and pepper
Coat the bottom of your slow cooker with nonstick spray or olive oil. Cut a lemon into 10 slices, then place them in the appliance. Place the filets on top of the lemons, then top with wine or broth. Drizzle with salt, pepper, garlic and basil. Cover the slow cooker and cook for 2 to 3 hours on low. Before you serve the halibut, heat butter and capers in a medium skillet, then garnish with sauce.