‘THE BASICS’ in a Crockpot!

Posted on March 5, 2009 by

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These are easy and fast ways to cook up batches of healthy food while you are away from home, or even sleeping!  The leftovers in the fridge will feed you for days.

POACHED CHICKEN BREASTS

use this recipe to cook chicken not only for the current meal, but also for chicken salad or as an ingredient in other dishes.  For daily cooking, this is a very practical recipe.  You can even use frozen chicken for this one:

6-7 lbs skinless chicken breast, bone- in or not, rinsed

1.5 cups water

dried herbs: garlic, onion, bay leaf, poultry seasoning – whatever salt free seasoning you have.

Cover the crockpot and cook on LOW for 6 – 8 hours.

BUSY DAY BARB-B-QUE CHICKEN

Just as easy.  Find a low sodium barbecue sauce, or make your own.

1 whole chicken, 6-8 lbs, rinsed

1.5 cups barbecue sauce

Put the whole chicken in the crockpot, legs up.  Pour the sauce over it.  Put the lid on the crockpot and cook on LOW, 6-8 hours.

BAKED SWEET POTATOES (or yams.  same thing.)

I love sweet potatoes cooked this way – they stay nice and moist.  I also like them for breakfast, so this is yummy to do overnight.  Put the leftovers in the fridge and enjoy them for days!

6 sweet potatoes or yams, medium sized, washed and left dripping wet.  Prick each with a fork a few times.

Pile the potatoes in the crockpot, do not add water.  Cover and cook on LOW until tender, about 4-6 hours, depending on the size of the potato – the more potatoes in the pot, the longer it will take to cook them.  When done, remove from the pot with tongs.

SLOW-COOKED BLACK BEANS

Bar none, this is the best and most digestible way to cook beans – and far better and less expensive than canned beans.  You can keep some of these in the fridge, or freeze them – measured in single serving quantities.

1.5 lb  dried black beans, sorted and rinsed

9 (or so) cups water

4 cloves garlic, crushed

1 large yellow onion, chopped

All in the crockpot, on HIGH for 1 hour, until boiling.  Then 7 to 8 hours on LOW, until the beans are soft (a well cooked bean will crush easily between your tongue and the roof of your mouth – er – let it cool down before you try it – )

OVERNIGHT STEEL-CUT OATS

Steel-cut oatmeal is, by far, the best cereal you can be eating.  Between the protien, good fat, and fiber this is one power-packed grain and a favorite of fitness afficiandos.  Cooked in the crockpot, you have an instant breakfast!  You can double this for feeding a family.

1 cup steel cut oats

4 cups water

Combine in the crockpot, cover, and cook on LOW for 8 to 9 hours, or overnight.  Stir it well in the morning.

MILLET PORRIDGE WITH DATES

This grain has a mildly nutty taste and is very easy to digest.  It’s delicious with dates!  Again, instant breakfast in the morning.

1 cup whole millet

3.5 cups water

.5 cup chopped pitted dates

.5 cup almond milk

Combine the millet and water in the crockpot, cover, and cook on LOW overnight or 7 to 9 hours.  Stir a few times with a whisk if you’re up and think about it.  Turn the cooker to HIGH and stir in the milk and dates – cover and cook until hot, just 5 to 10 minutes.  Stir it well and serve with more almond milk.

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