A healthy diet meal planner needs to be practical. You will only stick with a healthy diet if it’s practical and fits in with your existing lifestyle. Many of us don’t have the time or energy to cook from scratch as part of our healthy diet meal planner.
A Healthy Diet Meal Planner is Easier with a Slow Cooker
One diet meal planner tool that is almost a necessity is a crock-pot or slow cooker.
Why not be practical? You can put the meal in the slow cooker and it will be ready for you when you get home exhausted and famished.
Crock-Pots and slow cookers use moist heat to cook food over a long period of time. Both are used to cook the same types of foods, and both produce the same delicious results. Both of these appliances even contain the same three components: a pot, glass lid, and heating element.
Healthy Diet Meal Planner Benefits of Using a Slow Cooker
A slow cooker meal comes in handy at the end of a busy day. You’ll have a delicious meal waiting for you and your family at the end of the day.
• Having a meal already prepared in the slow cooker eliminates the temptation to go through the drive-thru or get grab-n-go on your way home. As an added bonus, you’ll save money.
• Slow cookers allow one-step preparation. Placing all the ingredients in the slow cooker saves preparation time and cuts down on cleanup.
• Slow cookers can be used year-round. The aroma of hot soup is welcoming on a cold day. Slow cookers also work well in summer because they don’t heat up the kitchen.
• As a result of the long, low-temperature cooking, slow cookers will tenderize less-expensive cuts of meat.
• A slow cooker brings out the flavor in foods. A wide variety of foods can be cooked in a slow cooker, including one pot meals, soups, stews and casseroles.
• A slow cooker uses less electricity than an oven.
Add This Slow Cooker Recipe to Your Diet Meal Plan
Here’s a nutritious recipe to add to your healthy diet meal plan. I recommend grass fed beef.
A Healthier Version of Baracoa Beef
Ingredients (serves 8)
• 1⁄3 cup apple cider vinegar
• 4 teaspoons minced garlic cloves
• 4 teaspoons cumin
• 2 teaspoons oregano
• 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cloves
• 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
• 3⁄4 cup chicken broth
• 3 bay leaves
• 3 tablespoons lime juice
• 3 -4 chipotle chiles in adobo
• 4 -5 lbs chuck roast
1. To make the adobo sauce combine vinegar, lime juice, chipotles, garlic, cumin, oregano, black pepper, salt and cloves in a blender or processor on high speed until smooth.
2. Remove most of the fat from the roast and then cut into large chunks (approximately 6).
3. Pour oil into a frying pan and sear all sides of roast on medium-high heat until browned.
4. Place meat into Crockpot and pour adobo sauce over meat.
5. Pour in the chicken broth and add bay leaves.
6. Cook on high heat 6 hours or on low all day.
7. While still in the Crockpot, shred the meat with two forks and turn the heat to warm.
Nutrition (per serving)
Fat 17.6 g
Carbs 2.6 g
Fiber 0.3 g
Protein 48.7 g
Serving Tip: Serve with hot sauce, guacamole and lime cilantro rice.
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