By Donna H.
When one thinks of cooking using a crock pot, he would automatically think of making meats juicy and tender. But slow cookers aren’t only good for meats, they’re ideal for all types of ingredients including fresh fruits and vegetables. So if you’ve recently started a healthy diet, you can count on your trusty crock pot to make delicious meals!
Here are 3 top vegetable recipes for slow cooker that are a must-try:
Best Ever Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes
What you need:
- 2 1/4 kilograms red potatoes, sliced into chunks
- 3 cubes chicken bouillon
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- Salt and pepper to taste
Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and boil potatoes with chicken bouillon and garlic until potatoes are tender but still firm. Drain potatoes in a bowl, reserving water. Mash potatoes with sour cream and cream cheese, spooning reserved water to achieve desired consistency. Transfer mashed potatoes to a slow cooker, cover and cook for 2 to 3 hours on low. Stir in butter, salt and pepper before serving.
Crock Pot All-Veggie Chili
What you need:
- 2 zucchini, thinly sliced
- 2 carrots, sliced
- 2 stalks celery, sliced
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 can whole peeled tomatoes with juice
- 1 can garbanzo beans, drained
- 1 small can chopped green chile peppers
- 1/3 cup chili powder
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
Mix together zucchini, carrots, celery, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, onion, garlic, tomatoes, garbanzo beans and green chile peppers in a slow cooker. Stir to combine ingredients well. Season with chili powder, oregano, cumin and salt. Cover and cook for 6 to 8 hours on low or for 3 to 4 hours on high.
Slow Cooked Creamy Potato Soup
What you need:
- 10 red potatoes, sliced into cubes
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup half and half
- 3/4 cup real bacon bits
- 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped green onion
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
- 1 tablespoon ranch dressing mix
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
In a large bowl, toss potatoes in all-purpose flour to coat. Place coated potatoes, onion, garlic, chicken bouillon granules, ranch dressing mix, parsley, seasoned salt and black pepper in a crock pot. Stir to combine ingredients well. Add the water to the mixture. Cover and cook for 7 to 9 hours on low. When ready, add half and half to the soup, stir and cook for 15 minutes more. Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese and garnish with green onion to serve.
Enjoy healthier meals – try these top vegetable recipes for slow cooker!
Donna H. is a nutrition expert. Although not professionally, she has dedicated over a decade of her life researching and interviewing licensed nutritionists to gain the knowledge she has today – all for the love of healthy eating and dieting. She is an avid slow cooker and has contributed countless of recipes to countless popular websites.
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