About the second week into a low-glycemic diet, you may find yourself looking for something other than low-fat cheese, a handful of nuts, and celery sticks, grilled chicken breasts, and steamed broccoli. You may start missing your crockpot and all those wonderful, hearty meals you love to come home to; not to mention the savory aromas of a slow cooked meal simmering away all day.
But this dilemma has a solution. You still can enjoy many delicious meals cooked in your crockpot, even if you are on a low glycemic diet. No need to break this year’s resolution. Here are a few simple recipes that I’ve tried out on my family with great results, and with my diet intact!
Asian Cuisine Inspired Beef and Snow Peas
You’ll need: 2 1/2 pounds round steak; 1 cup soy sauce; 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger; 2 cloves garlic, grated or minced; 2 tablespoons cooking oil; 2 cups snow peas
Cut a round steak into 4 equal pieces. Place the steak in your crockpot. In a separate bowl, whisk together next 4 ingredients and pour this mixture over the meat. Cover the crockpot and cook on Low for about 6 hours or until the meat is nice and tender. In last 15 minutes of cooking, mix in the snow peas. Serve over cooked rice.
Split Pea Soup with Ham
You’ll need: 1 pound bag split peas; 2 pounds cooked ham, diced; 3 cloves garlic, minced or grated; 1 medium yellow onion, diced; 3 ribs celery, diced; 1/8 teaspoon black pepper; 7 cups fresh cold water; 5 chicken bouillon cubes
Put all ingredients into your crockpot. Turn your crockpot on Low and cook for 6 to 7 hours. Lift the lid briefly through the cooking time several times and give a quick stir so the peas don’t just stay on the bottom of the crockpot.
Triple Bean and Beef Chili
You’ll need: 2 pounds lean ground beef; 2 medium yellow onions, diced; 1 green bell pepper, diced; 2 ribs celery, diced; 3 cloves garlic, minced; 2 (16 ounce) cans diced tomatoes; 2 (16 ounce) cans garbanzo beans; 1 (16 ounce) can butter beans; 1 (16 ounce) can black beans; 1 (15 ounce) can chicken broth; 3 teaspoons chili powder; 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin; 1 teaspoon black pepper; 1 teaspoon salt
Brown ground beef, and drain any excess fat. Put all the ingredients into your crockpot and stir to combine. Cover the crockpot and let cook on Low for about 6 hours. I serve this in big bowls with a dollop of low fat yogurt and a sprinkle of chives. You can garnish with whatever your diet allows!
When you are cooking dinner in your crockpot, you are most likely cooking for the whole family, right? Will the whole family like these “diet” crockpot meals? The fact is, my family doesn’t even know these meals are part of a diet! No one is disappointed and my diet stays on track.
Trying to figure out what you can make in your crockpot that follows the rules of your diet can be a bit difficult. These crockpot recipes may be just the start you need to get on that diet and stick to it. I know if I have just a few go-to recipes for my crockpot that I can put together fast and easy, I’m more likely to stick to my diet. I hope you enjoy these dishes and good luck with your diet!