Healthy slow cooker recipes, Jan. 29

    Healthy slow cooker recipes and tips

    Slow cooker tips and tricks:

    • To make cleanup easier, spray liner with nonstick spray before adding any food or liquid.
    • Slow cookers work best when they are half to three-fourths full.
    • One hour on a high setting is equal to two hours on the low setting.
    • Each time you lift the lid, you increase the needed cooking time by 20 minutes. Check progress without lifting the lid.
    • Dense veggies like potatoes, carrots and other root vegetables take the longest to cook, so place them on the bottom and cut pieces no thicker than 1 inch.
    • Tender veggies like tomatoes, mushrooms, zucchini and squash overcook easily, so add them during the last two hours of cooking time.
    • Anything high in fat cooks quickly, so place meats on top of vegetables when loading the slow cooker.
    • Browning meat before adding it to the slow cooker reduces fat and enhances flavor and color.
    • Soak dried beans overnight before cooking.
    • Condensed cream soups are a good substitute for milk and they don’t break down during long cooking times.
    • Ground herbs and spices tend to lose their flavor, and cayenne pepper and Tabasco sauce tend to become bitter after long cooking times, so add late in cooking process.

    Try some of these slow cooker recipes soon!

    Veggie chili 
    Beef tacos 
    Chicken curry with chickpeas 
    Spaghetti squash and turkey meatballs