Want to whip up a few healthy meals but don’t have a lot of time to spare? Below, we’ve come up with a few awesomely healthy overnight recipes you can throw into your crockpot. Do all the prep work at night, and come morning, you’ll find they’re ready for you to enjoy.
Chicken and Pinto Bean Soup
What’s not to love about the high protein of chicken mixed with the high fiber and protein of pinto beans? This simple dish is beautifully easy to make: simply pour a liter of tomato sauce in the crockpot with four or five chicken legs or half a pound of chicken breast, a can of pinto beans, lots of onions and garlic, and a couple of sliced whole tomatoes. Add in any veggies you like, set to cook overnight, and enjoy!
Black Bean Chili
Who doesn’t enjoy a nice serving of freshly-made chili? You’ll find that this is a very healthy, surprisingly low-calorie dish, all things considered. Dice two onions and a head of garlic, and drop them in the crockpot with a liter of tomato sauce, a small can of tomato paste, a handful of dried ancho chilies, a pound of ground beef, and a can of black beans. Add plenty of red chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper, cover, and let cook overnight. You’ll want to keep it cooking well into the morning, and by the time it boils down, you have one heck of a potent chili.
Muesli makes for a wonderful breakfast, one that takes almost no work in the morning. Place a cup of rolled oats in a bowl with a cup or so of milk, and add in a spoonful of honey, a handful of seeds, and a smattering of raisins. Let the oats sit in the fridge overnight, and when you pull it out in the morning, chop in an apple or a pear. You can add a bit more honey to make the muesli more delicious. The high fiber and protein content of the milk and oats is the perfect way to start your day.
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken
If you’re a fanatic for teriyaki chicken, this Asian poultry alternative to pulled pork is the way to go. Dice up an onion and slice a pound of chicken breast, and place them in the slow cooker. Pour 2 tablespoons of teriyaki marinade over the top, add a tablespoon of water, and turn onto low heat. When you wake up in the morning, check on the chicken. It should fall apart beneath your fork. You can use it to make sandwiches, Asian “tacos”, or even to top your salad. It’s the perfect way to infuse the chicken with your favorite flavor.
What could be more delicious for your packed lunch than a well-made pulled pork sandwich? Thanks to your crockpot/slow cooker, you can have pulled pork every day of the week. First off, you’re going to want to use a pork tenderloin. Rub it down with salt, pepper, and chili peppers, and place it in the crockpot. Add in a diced onion, plenty of garlic, and a dash of soy sauce. Add in half a cup of your favorite BBQ sauce and a couple of teaspoons of apple cider or vinegar. Turn the cooker onto medium heat, and let it cook for about 7 hours. You’ll find that the pork just falls apart under your fork, and it’s the perfect dish to use for a delicious sandwich, sliders, or your favorite Western style tacos. Pulled pork = absolutely delicious!