We're going to start off our day by going grocery shopping together at Costco. Natalie is a member, so we're taking advantage of that. And Heather has a new house with a big kitchen so we'll do all our prep work there. I'm going to bring over all of my measuring devices, cutting boards, knives, etc., and the recipes and labels for the cooking instructions.
But before we get to that part, we need to narrow down the recipes we're going to make. We're not getting together until next month, but I've been planning for a while since that's just the sort of gal I am.
The PrepI've selected some healthy recipes from my online bookmarks and my Cooking Light slow cooker and diabetes slow cooker cookbooks. I'm not diabetic, but if you can find diabetic recipes that don't use artificial sweeteners, they're usually pretty healthy since diabetics need to watch their carbohydrate and calorie intake.
I'm aiming for
- Slow cooker recipes that are healthy.
Low calories, full of veggies if possible, and no cans of cream-of-something soup.
- Ingredients that freeze well.
Apparently raw potatoes don't freeze well at home.
- Effortless dishes that don't require much if any prep in the morning before you throw it in the slow cooker or when you get home at night.
Who has time for that! I want to be able to come home, maybe throw some steam-in-the-bag veggies in the microwave and make some pasta, and that's it.
- Dishes that can cook all day unattended.
I found tons of great sounding recipes that cooked quickly in 4-6 hours or needed some attention after partially cooking, but we don't have that luxury.
I want to change up the protein, ethnicity/flavor (don't want all curries!), and type of dish (not all soups) so we don't get bored.
- Mongolian beef from Who Needs a Cape
- Peppered steak from Saving You Dinero
- Classic beef stew from The Best Diabetes Slow Cooker Recipes - with beef, onions, celery, and carrots.
- Greek beef stew with onions and feta from The Best Diabetes Slow Cooker Recipes - with beef, onions, spices, tomato sauce, and feta cheese, served with pasta or mashed potatoes.
- Salsa verde pork from Saving You Dinero
- Pulled pork sandwiches from Saving You Dinero
- Char siu pork roast from Cooking Light Slow Cooker Tonight! - pork shoulder with soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ketchup, garlic, etc. Serve with rice and steamed veggies.
- Sausage jambalaya from Cooking Light Slow Cooker Tonight! - featuring chicken thighs, andouille sausage, and shrimp.
- Sweet potato coconut curry with shrimp from The Best Diabetes Slow Cooker Recipes - with sweet potatoes, shrimp, and coconut milk and lots of spices and green curry paste.
- Chicken tortilla soup from Natalie Hodson
- Spicy Asian apricot chicken from Crystal & Co.
- Fajita chicken from This Mama Cooks! Add frozen peppers & onions, salsa/rotel, serve with black beans on the side and corn tortillas.
- African peanut stew from my blog. Replace the chicken with chickpeas for a vegetarian version. The stock is in a can/box and added when putting all ingredients in slow cooker.
- Slow cooker artichoke pasta from A Year of Slow Cooking. As written this is vegetarian, but I would want to add chicken. Could make this most from cans rather than freezing the ingredients, substituting a can of fat-free evaporated milk for the cream.
- Indian-style chicken with pureed spinach from The Best Diabetes Slow Cooker Recipes - with chicken thighs, diced tomatoes, and spinach along with lots of spices. We'd probably only chop the spinach or keep it whole to make it easier. I've got an immersion blender though, which would be quick to puree the spinach.
- Moroccan ragout with poached eggs from The Wimpy Vegetarian - this isn't a slow cooker recipe as written, but could easily be adapted. Add eggs when you get home and cook for maybe cook 20-30 minutes with lid on.
- Sweet potato chipotle soup from my blog. The stock would be separate in a can/box and added when putting all ingredients in slow cooker.
- Red lentil curry and carrot stew from Slender Kitchen.
- Vegetable curry with lentils and spinach from The Best Diabetes Slow Cooker Recipes - with carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes, lentils, and spinach along with a variety of spices and coconut milk.
Of course I'll post our experiences to let everybody know how it went!