I’m sure everyone agrees that our winter in Chicago is a bit too cold and needs to end now….actually, I wish it never came.  But if you live in Chicago, you can’t get away from the cold winters.  To help make this cold a little more bearable and break through my winter blues, I’ve started to use my crock pot more.  I feel like every winter I start out eating right but by the end, I find myself eating more on the go and “easy” meals that are not as nutritious.  Like I said, it’s the winter blues!

So if you have a crockpot (or if not, I think they are worth every penny!) try out these recipes!  They are great because you don’t have to spend an hour in the kitchen to make a hearty meal.  You literally throw everything in, walk away for 4-6 hours, and come back to enjoy!  You can make anything in a crockpot..ANYTHING!  So if you’re getting stuck in a rut and not wanting to cook or notice your meals are not as heart healthy as they should be, give these recipes a try!

Soups
Spicy Vegetarian Chili  *My favorite
Chipotle Black Bean Soup by Erin’s Food Files
Apple Parsnip Soup *My newest discovery and love is apple or butternut based soups

Entrees
Chicken Tacos by Chocolate Therapy *My go to when I have friends/family visiting
Shrimp and Artichoke Barley Risotto by Cara’s Cravings
Veggie Lasagna by Eating Well

These are just a few recipes that I have found!  Through March I will be posting easy crock port recipes– breakfast foods, vegetarian entrees, meat entrees, soups, and stews!!

 

–Mallory Beth

 

 

 

 

 

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