Fit Friday: Fall Slow Cooker Recipes

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs with Carrots & Potatoes
Yield: 6
Serving size: 1 chicken thigh with carrots and potatoes

Ingredients:

6 skinless chicken thighs
1 medium onion
6 red potatoes
½ cup unsalted chicken stock
2 cups baby carrots
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 ½ teaspoons paprika
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
3/4 teaspoon black pepper (divided)
½ teaspoon salt

Directions:
Cut onions into ¼ inch slices and cut potatoes in half. Lightly grease slow cooker with cooking spray. Place onion in bottom of slow cooker. Put potatoes and carrots on top of onion. Mix chicken stock with garlic, thyme, and salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Pour the mixture over the vegetables. Mix the paprika with the pepper. Rub the paprika/pepper mixture onto the chicken and place chicken on top of the vegetables. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Nutrition Information per serving
Calories 265
Protein 17 grams
Carbohydrates 40 grams
Sugar 5 grams
Added Sugar 0 grams
Total Fat 5 grams
Saturated Fat 1 gram
Cholesterol 67 milligrams
Fiber 5 grams
Sodium 500 milligrams

Curried Lentils
Yield: 6 cups
Serving size: 1 cup

Ingredients:
2 teaspoons butter or canola oil
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 jalapenos, diced
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1 pound yellow lentils
6 cups water
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
4 cups chopped fresh spinach

Directions:
Heat the butter or oil in a non-stick pan over medium-high heat, then add the onion slices until they start to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, jalapenos, red pepper flakes, and cumin. Saute for 2-3 minutes. Add the onion mixture to a 4-quart slow-cooker. Rinse the lentils in a colander, under running water. Add the lentils to the slow-cooker along with the water, salt, and turmeric. Cook on high for 2 ½ hours. Add the spinach and cook on high for an additional 15 minutes. Serve this Indian-style dish with hot rice.

Nutrition Information per serving
Calories 240
Protein 17 grams
Carbohydrates 40 grams
Sugar 5 grams
Added Sugar 0 grams
Total Fat 2 grams
Saturated Fat 0 grams
Cholesterol 0 grams
Fiber 15 grams
Sodium 220 milligrams