Okay, so let's talk about the slow cooker.
It's one of my go-to meal prep tools because you can just add your ingredients then let everything cook while you go about your day.
Today I'm sharing the Top 3 most popular slow cooker recipes from my girls.
Hopefully they'll help you stick to your meal prep efforts more than ever because of how easy these recipes are!
1. Crockpot Chicken Fajitas
These Crockpot Chicken Fajitas are so perfect for meal prep! Dump in 5 ingredients, then cook for 8 hours – this is the easiest recipe ever!
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 (500mL) container fresh salsa (or jarred salsa)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 yellow onion, sliced
1 red pepper, sliced
1 green pepper, sliced
1 yellow pepper, sliced
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
Corn tortillas, to serve
Add chicken, salsa, garlic, chili powder, cumin and salt to slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.
In the last half hour of cooking time, remove chicken and shred. Meanwhile, switch crockpot to high and add onions and peppers. Cook for the remaining half hour.
Add chicken back to the peppers and onions, then stir to combine. Top with cheese and cilantro and serve in corn tortillas if desired. Enjoy!
Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 10g |
2. Crockpot BBQ Chicken
2-Ingredient Crockpot BBQ Chicken with kale slaw is made using just chicken and BBQ sauce – it's perfect for meal prep!
1 tbsp olive oil
3 medium-sized boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1lb of chicken)
1 (455mL) bottle BBQ sauce of choice
1 (340g) package kale, broccoli or regular coleslaw mix
2 tbsp vinegar
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Other serving suggestions
Hamburger buns (to make sandwiches)
Add olive oil, chicken and BBQ sauce to Crockpot. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours. Shred chicken once cooking time is complete, then add chicken back to pot with sauce to mix.
Meanwhile, mix together ingredients for coleslaw. Serve with chicken in meal prep bowls for a healthy lunch, otherwise serve with optional sides as suggested above.
Chicken freezes well in glass bowls up to 3 months, or keeps in fridge up to 5 days. Defrost in fridge overnight and warm up in microwave for 2-3 minutes to serve after freezing.
Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 7g |
3. Crockpot Breakfast Casserole -- ' Not so healthy, but tastes amazing! '
This Crockpot Breakfast Casserole is a delicious make-ahead breakfast option for meal prep or for big family gatherings. Dump frozen hash browns, bacon, eggs and veggies in the slow cooker - it's so easy!
2 cups frozen hash browns
12 slices pork or turkey bacon
1 each red, yellow and green bell pepper, diced
1 medium-sized red onion, diced
16 large eggs
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 cup 1/4 fat cheddar cheese, grated
Cook bacon over med-high heat in a large skillet, about 5-10 minutes until cooked through (timing will depend on type of bacon used).
Spray inside of slow cooker with cooking spray, then add frozen hash browns, cooked bacon, peppers and onion in two even layers.
Mix salt and pepper with eggs, then pour overtop of other layers and top with cheese.
Cook on high for 4 hours. Serve and enjoy!
Note: This can be made ahead of time up to 3 days in advance.
Calories: 486kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 34g |
Which of these slow cooker meals will you be trying first?
The breakfast casserole is a favorite! Not kidding, I have women that will eat it for dinner it's so good!
It's a real crowd-pleaser when it bring it to family brunches too and it's great for breakfast or dinner meal prep.
Let me know if you'd like to see more slow cooker recipes!