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Slow Cooker Meals You’ll Love

Slow-cooker meals, are not as time consuming as the name implies.

We’ve shared two simple recipes that can be set to cook overnight. Wake up to lunches for the week or dinner for 5.

The active cooking time for the Simple Chicken Taco Soup recipe is less than 30 minutes total!

The active cooking time for the Chickpea Chili is longer as the ingredients are all-fresh and require prep.

Simple Chicken Taco Soup

Yield:  Approximately five portions

Ingredients:

2, 16 oz beans of your choice (I usually go with black beans and pinto beans)

1 jar of salsa

2, 10 oz  BPA-free cans of diced tomatoes (I like to use Pomi, boxed tomatoes)

3 whole skinless, boneless chicken breasts (choose free-range, organic when possible)

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1.  Rinse the beans in a strainer.

  2. Add all ingredients to slow-cooker and set to low heat and cover.

  3. Cook for 6-8 hours.

  4. Remove and store in a glass container once cooled.

Notes:

This is the simplified version.

  1. If you have more time, add chopped onions, chopped carrots and corn for more flavors.

  2. Shred the chicken after cooking for more even texture.

  3. Use fresh substitutes when possible: diced tomatoes instead of canned; homemade salsa instead of jarred.

  4. Serve with fresh cilantro and avocado for more color and texture.

Chickpea Chili

Yield:  Approximately 6 servings

Ingredients:

1 cup dried chickpeas

1 cup quinoa

2 large yellow onions, chopped yellow onions (about 3 large)

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 tbsp tomato paste

¼ cup raisins

4 large, Roma tomatoes, diced

1 sweet potato, peeled and diced

3 large carrots, peeled and diced

1 tbsp dried turmeric spice

¼ tsp black pepper

1 tbsp red pepper

½ tsp paprika

½ tsp salt