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Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Dinner

Winner Winner Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Dinner!! Try this recipe and it is sure to be a regular on your weekly meal plan. I use this recipe in my 5 Day Clean Eating Groups and people rave about it. Parents and kids a like! It is a staple on our meal plan almost weekly!

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

Ingredients:

1 whole chicken
1 whole onion, chopped
5 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
2 tbsp adobo
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp paprika

Preparation:
1. Wash and prep the chicken.
2. Place onion in the bottom of the slow cooker and put the chicken on top of the onion.
3. Season the chicken with adobo,paprika, garlic, salt and pepper.
4. Set Slow Cooker to cook on high 5 hours.
5. Remove from Slow Cooker and cut into quarters.
6. Set up chicken on a pan and put under the broiler to crisp up the skin.
7. Arrange on a platter with some roasted vegetables, onions and jus from the slow cooker. We like to use carrots, parsnips and asparagus with our chicken but you can use any mix you like. You could even do a side of quinoa or brown rice as well.
8. Serve hot and enjoy!

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

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Slow Cooker Vegetable and Chickpea Curry

Slow Cooker Clean Eating Vegetable and Chickpea Curry

Slow Cooker Clean Eating Vegetable and Chickpea Curry

Slow Cooker Clean Eating Vegetable and Chickpea Curry

Another yummy Meatless Monday has come and gone. I found this recipe on my recipes website but I tweaked it quite a bit for our tastes. We like things with a little more kick aka more flavor!! Try this one out and you will not miss the meat. We have been trying to eat less meat for our health and our food budget!

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 cup (1/4-inch-thick) slices carrot
2-3 tablespoons curry powder (we like lots!!!)
1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 serrano chile, seeded and minced
2 cups cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
2 cups cubed sweet potato
1 cup diced green bell pepper
1 cup (1-inch) cut green beans
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (14-ounce) can vegetable broth
3-4 cups fresh baby spinach
1 cup light coconut milk
lemon wedges

How to Make It

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and carrot; cover and cook 5 minutes or until tender. Add curry powder, ginger, garlic, and chile; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Place onion mixture in a 5-quart slow cooker. Stir in chickpeas and next 8 ingredients (through broth). Cover and cook on HIGH 5-6 hours or until vegetables are tender. Add spinach and coconut milk; stir until spinach wilts. Serve with lemon wedges. Do not forget the lemon because believe me it makes it even better!!!

We served it over quinoa, you could also do brown rice or even by itself. It is such a hearty meal that you will not miss the meat. But if you want to add something I would do some chicken or shrimp in this recipe. If you give it a try and please let me know how you like it!

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Slow Cooker Clean Eating Vegetable and Chickpea Curry

Slow Cooker Clean Eating Vegetable and Chickpea Curry

21 Day Fix Approved Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

21 Day Fix Approved Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

21 Day Fix Approved Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

Tasty Tuesday Recipe Feature!! Since we moved to Dallas, Texas we have been OBSESSED with Tex-Mex and Mexican food in general. This is a healthier version of one of my favorites Chicken Enchiladas!!! The best part is that it is 21 Day Fix Approved!!

21 Day Fix Approved Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

Total Time: 3 hrs. 28 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: 3 hrs. 13 min.
Yield: 10 servings, about 1 cup each
Ingredients:
1 tsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 medium jalapenos, seeded and deveined, finely chopped
1 lb. raw ground chicken breast
1½ cups dry farro, rinsed
1 (15-oz.) can black beans, rinsed, drained
1 cup frozen corn
1 (15-oz.) can diced fire roasted tomatoes (or diced tomatoes), no salt added
1 cup water
1 (10-oz.) can red enchilada sauce
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. ground coriander
Sea salt (or Himalayan salt) and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
1 cup shredded jack (or cheddar or Mexican blend) cheese
3 medium green onions, chopped
¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
Preparation:
1. Heat oil in medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
2. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 5 minutes, or until onion is soft.
3. Add garlic and jalapenos; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 to 2 minutes, or until jalapenos are soft.
4. Add chicken; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 6 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
5. Place chicken mixture, farro, beans, corn, tomatoes, water, enchilada sauce, chili powder, cumin, and coriander in a 3-quart slow cooker; mix well and cover. Cook on high for 3 hours, or until liquid has been absorbed, and farro is tender.
6. Remove lid and stir mixture. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Add cheese; mix well. Cover until cheese has melted.
7. Top with green onions and cilantro; serve.

Serving Size 1 Cup in Containers Equals: 1 green container, 1/2 red container, 2 yellow containers and  1/2 blue container

Nutrition Facts:
320 Calories
Total fat 11 grams
Saturated Fat 2 grams
Cholesterol 12mg
Sodium 394mg
Carbohydrates 37 grams
Dietary Fiber 9 grams
Sugars 3 grams
Protein 18 grams

Recipe Sourced from Beachbody Blog

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Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker chicken chili

Slow cooker chicken chili is something I came up with when I had extra chicken to cook. Winter is pretty much done here in the East but I still am continuing to create slow cooker recipes. This may slow down come spring/summer. I do love my slow cooker though! I do not do mine with chili peppers because I need this meal to be toddler friendly. If you are not cooking with kids in mind, spice it up!

slow cooker chicken chili

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 can of garbanzo beans
  • 1 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • chili peppers (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

slow cooker chicken chili

Preparation

  1. Put chicken boneless skinless chicken breasts in the slow cooker.
  2. Chop garlic cloves. You can do this minced or more coarsely chopped. I like to keep my garlic a little chunkier!
  3. Add all other ingredients.
  4. Set on High for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
  5. Open slow cooker taste and add salt and pepper to your liking.
  6. Shred chicken or cut chicken.
  7. Serve hot and enjoy!

It is that easy and that is what I love about meals that I make in the slow cooker. Anything that I can just throw everything in the slow cooker turn it on and go about my business for the day. I had chicken breasts that I was wanting to get rid of but you can also do this with chicken thighs or ground chicken as well. If you are looking to do a different take on chili, give this slow cooker chicken chili a try. I like to top it with cilantro, avocado or even a little plain greek yogurt, especially if I have done a spicier version.

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Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Fajitas

Salsa Chicken

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Fajitas

Salsa chicken fajitas in the slow cooker are amazing!! As you probably have noticed I am a bit obsessed with the slow cooker this year. It has made our lives so much easier at dinner time. I have been seeing some recipes for salsa chicken for a while and I have been dying to give it a try. I decided to make my salsa chicken into a fajita recipe as well. Yes, I know this is in no way a traditional fajita but it is quick, easy and really tasty! It is also 21 Day Fix compatible. This is a bonus because I will be using this in my challenge groups this month. Pull out your slow cooker and give this awesome salsa chicken fajitas recipe a try!

Ingredients:

  • salsa (brand of your choice)
  • boneless, skinless chicken breast (3-4)
  • bell peppers, sliced
  • onions, chopped

Preparation

  1. Slice and chop the pepper and onions.
  2. Place the peppers and onions in the bottom of your slow cooker.
  3. Put the chicken breasts on top of the peppers and onions.
  4. Pour the Salsa on top of the chicken.
  5. Set your slow cooker on high for 4 hours.
  6. Once done, open slow cooker, remove half of the liquid and set a side.
  7. Shred the chicken with a fork.
  8. If you think that the chicken needs more moisture re-add some of the liquid that you had removed. If not hold onto the liquid and pour it on top of the leftovers when storing them. This way the chicken will not dry out.
  9. Enjoy!

We ate our chicken on whole wheat tortillas but you can also add it to a salad or make in a meal on top of rice or quinoa. We normally have left overs and use it for 2 nights. I love recipes where I know that I will have leftovers!

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Picky Eaters Marinara Sauce

Sauce

Picky eaters. All parents have experienced a picky eater in their lives. Almost all kids go through a stage of not liking certain things. Our girl has decided she only like the carrots that are in the mixed frozen vegetables. She does not eat the other vegetables but they have to all be together on the plate so she can pick them out and eat them. if I just give her the carrots she thrown them on the floor. It gets better… It has to be the brand where the carrots are circles. If they are not circles and are cubes or rectangles, they will also be thrown on the floor.

This would be my kid that used to eat absolutely anything put in front of her. What now? How will I get her to eat vegetables until she is an age of reason. I have decided to sneak them into other recipes and just be happy she is eating veggies and has no clue. This is why I made the Picky Eaters Marinara Sauce. It is kid tested and approved!

Ingredients

  • 2 Carrots, diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 (16 oz) can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp of agave or honey
  • 2 tbsp of basil (fresh or dried)
  • 1 (6oz) can of tomato paste
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

  1. Chop carrots, onion, celery and garlic. Place in the bottom of slow cooker or large sauce pot.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Set slow cooker on high for 2 hours or simmer on stove top.
  4. Taste and add salt and pepper to your liking.
  5. Pour sauce into blender or food processor.
  6. Puree sauce and add back into the pot or slow cooker.
  7. Simmer for another 30 minutes.

Sauce2

We had this sauce last night with meatballs and gluten free pasta. I am still experimenting with being on a gluten free diet 5 days a week for my Ulcerative Colitis. The sauce was a huge success and we all loved it so much that we may just have it again tonight. Give it a try and let me know what you and your picky eaters think!

Kid approved!!

Kid approved!!

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Slow Cooker Carnitas Clean Eating Recipe

Slow Cooker Carnitas

Slow Cooker Carnitas

Hey guys!! I posted the other night on my Instagram about our yummy dinner that we had and a lot of you asked me for the recipe. I am happy to be able to share this with you and the best part it is super easy. I love slow cooker recipes because once I set it up that is all I need to do for dinner that day. The other amazing part is that I usually have enough leftovers to have this dinner for two nights!

Slow Cooker Carnitas

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs pork shoulder
  • 1 can of low sodium chicken broth (16 ounces)
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup of natural orange juice
  • 1/4 bunch of cilantro

Preparation

  1. Add onion to the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Place pork on top of the onion.
  3. Add all other ingredients.
  4. Set on LOW for 8 hours.
  5. Once done shred pork. At this point it will be falling apart 🙂
  6. This part is optional. Spread the pork on a pan and place under the broiler in your oven for a few minutes to crisp it up. It turns out amazing 🙂

It is that easy! This is a great meal to have on a whole wheat tortilla or as I like to have it over some quinoa and topped with salsa, guacamole and cilantro. It is a family favorite around our house. The other great thing is that it fits in with my 21 Day Fix food plan. Yes, food this good can be eaten in my 21 Day Fix challenge group!  (use the guide on how to use your containers or ask me for clarification on this recipe).

Check out my previous post “Meal Plan for One Day Eating Clean”

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Crock Pot Recipes: Clean Eating Turkey Chilli

Crock Pot Recipes: Clean Eating Turkey Chili

Crock Pot Recipes: Clean Eating Turkey Chili

Crock Pot recipes have always been a favorite in our house. I have started a 21 day bikini boot camp and needed something clean and tasty. It needed to be yummy enough that Jon would want to eat it even if he was not doing the challenge with me. It also had to be not too spicy since Emma was eating it and her 1-year-old tummy is not used to chili spices! Keep that in mind when you are making this, feel free to keep up the heat a little if that is how you like your chili. I love using crock pot recipes because of all the flavour you get from cooking a pot of chili for hours and it tastes really amazing the next day!

Ingredients

  • olive oil or olive oil spray
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder ( I added it on top later,just for me and Jon)
  • 1/2 tsp seat salt
  • 2- 15oz cans of low sodium black beans (you can use any bean of your choice)
  • 2 -15oz cans diced tomatoes (low sodium and no sugar added)
  • cilantro and parmesan for garnish
Crock Pot Recipes: Clean Eating Turkey Chili

Crock Pot Recipes: Clean Eating Turkey Chili

Preparation

  1. Heat oil or use olive oil spray on a large pan over medium heat.
  2. Add onion, garlic, bell pepper and turkey.
  3. Cook till veggies are softened and turkey is browned and set aside.
  4. Add beans and tomatoes to crock pot.
  5. Put spice mixture into crock pot.
  6. Add meat and vegetables to the crock pot.
  7. Set the crock pot on low for 6 hours.
  8. Serve hot and garnish with cilantro and parmesan if you would like.
  9. Enjoy!

My family loves this recipe and I hope yours does to! I will be doing the 21 day challenge until May 4th. After that I will be filling a few more spots on my next challenge group. If you are interested in being in my next challenge bootcamp and meal plan, contact me here or email me at nycfitfoodfashion@gmail.com 😉

Here are a few other crock pot recipes:

Crock Pot Whole Chicken

Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce

Clean Eating Crock Pot Chicken

 

Clean Eating Crock Pot Meat Sauce

Clean Eating Crock Pot Meat Sauce

Clean Eating Crock Pot Meat Sauce

One of my most favorite things in our kitchen is our crock pot. I decided last night that I would come up with a clean eating crock pot meat sauce. It is so awesome to be able to throw some healthy ingredients in a pot, set it and forget it. We went shopping at Whole Food this weekend and picked up some quinoa pasta. I am always looking for white pasta alternatives and was excited to give ancient grains quinoa pasta a try. The sauce is pretty simple and made our apartment smell ridiculously good all day. The pasta was not that bad but not amazing. It may be something I would have to get used to. There was nothing wrong with the taste but the texture was a little different from regular pasta. Maybe next time I will try to cook it a little less. Here is my version of a clean eating crock pot meat sauce:

ingredients

  • 1 pound of lean ground beef or ground bison
  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes 28 oz
  • 8 oz of tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

preparation

  1. In a large pan cook beef, onion, and garlic until beef is browned. Drain grease from the beef using a slotted spoon.
  2. Transfer beef mixture to the bottom of the crock pot. Add the rest of the ingredients on top and stir.
  3. Cover and let simmer on low for 6-8 hours.
  4. Discard the bay leaf. Garnish with chopped parsley or parmesan cheese. Enjoy hot!

Looking for other options instead of white pasta. Here are a few ideas:

  • whole wheat pasta
  • spelt pasta
  • quinoa pasta
  • rice
  • zoodles (zucchini cut into noodles or use a spiralizer)
  • spaghetti squash

Do you have any favorite swaps for regular pasta?