CREATING HEALTHY SLOW COOKER RECIPES
News flash: slow cooker meals are no longer the dense, starchy stews your parents ate in the 70s. Thanks to new technology & creative recipes, it’s easy to create healthy slow cooker recipes that are also delicious.
You may be asking, "can you make healthy meals in a slow cooker?" Of course! Healthy food can be made in a variety of ways. When choosing slow cooker recipes to try out at home, opt for well-rounded meals that offer a variety of nutrients, while avoiding foods that are high in fat and calories.
Stews and soups are among the more obvious choices for slow cooker recipes, but you can also use slow cookers to make dishes like stuffed peppers, curries, stroganoff, salsas, “baked” potatoes, risotto and even omelets. And the best way to level up your slow cooker(opens in a new tab) recipes? Adding Impossible™ Burger Made From Plants.
Tips for Using the Slow Cooker
Keep sizing consistent - As you know, slow cookers cook everything all at once. You don’t really have the option of hovering over the cooker and adding different ingredients throughout the cooking time. For best results, cut your ingredients into similar sizes to encourage even cooking throughout.
Layer strategically - In addition to using even-sized pieces, the layering of your food in the cooker can help ensure that it is cooked evenly. Put any firm, slow-cooking veggies like potatoes and carrots at the bottom of the slow cooker and place proteins like Impossible Burger on top.
Add any fresh herbs and dairy-based ingredients toward the end - Portion sizes and layering are important, but you also need to know which foods should avoid the cooker until the end. Dairy-based foods like sour cream, milk, and yogurt can break down when left in the slow cooker for hours. Consider holding off adding them in until the last 15 minutes or so.
The same is true with delicate foods like herbs, which are typically best left for the very end—just long enough to get mixed in or sprinkled on top. While dried herbs should be added in the beginning stages, fresh herbs go in towards the end. For example, our Impossible™ Tortilla Soup Recipe for Slow Cooker(opens in a new tab) calls for topping your soup at the end with cilantro, sour cream, and of course those crispy tortilla strips.
Avoid using frozen ingredients - Mixing frozen foods with other ingredients can interfere with the temperature of your slow cooker and allow for the presence of bacteria (since the food might remain at a lower temperature for a prolonged period of time). If you do want to incorporate frozen ingredients, just make sure they are properly thawed before placing them into the slow cooker.