by Margie Brandon
(Dallas, Texas, USA)
If you’re cooking for someone – or yourself – who has certain dietary requirements, you’ll be pleased to know that healthy crockpot recipes abound that are also easy and tasty.
Some people require a low-sodium diet, which means that less salt must be used when preparing meals. Sometimes this is difficult to achieve without losing the taste that salt brings out in most food.
Using a crock pot lets you season and prepare meals in a way that maintains the flavors of food and produces a meal that the whole family can enjoy.
Healthy crockpot recipes are especially handy for children who detest vegetables or other picky eaters that may be among your family and friends. Vegetarians love to experiment with healthy crockpot recipes to ensure there’s no animal fat or by-products, but that provides delicious and nutritious meals.
Many crockpot recipes call for canned soup and items that contain salt, sugar or other ingredients that you want to avoid.
Here are some tips for changing recipes to healthy crockpot recipes:
• Look for low-sodium and low fat on the labels of soups and other items called for in crock pot recipes.
• Trim fat and skin meat before placing them in the crockpot.
• Use fresh vegetables whenever possible. They’re much healthier than canned.
• When using broth, refrigerate it for awhile and then skim off the layer of fat that forms on top.
• Beans and legumes are an excellent source of healthy nutrients. They’ll cook to perfection in your crockpot.
• You can easily substitute sweet potatoes for white potatoes in any crock pot recipe. Sweet potatoes provide much more Vitamin A to your meal than regular potatoes.
• Use brown rice rather than white to increase fiber content for a healthy crockpot recipe.
• Keep in mind that a colorful crockpot meal is a healthy one.
• Meatless crumbles (found in your supermarket’s freezer section), made from soy, can easily be substituted for ground beef to create healthy crock pot recipes.
You can find numerous healthy crockpot recipes online and in cook books or adapt your own recipes by changing or substituting a few ingredients.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with your crockpot. It’s fun, rewarding – and so easy.
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