I Love My Crockpot, But I’m On A Low-Glycemic Diet
Well, I’m into the second week of my low-glycemic diet and I’m already getting tired of snacking on low-fat cheese, a handful of nuts, and celery sticks. My family is looking a little droopy as they sit down to yet another grilled chicken breast and steamed broccoli dinner. We’re all starting to miss our favorite crock pot meals and would really love to come home, once again, to the savory aromas of a home-cooked crock pot dinner.
My New Year’s resolution was made and I am determined to stick to it. That’s all great, but do I have to put away my beloved crock pot until my diet restrictions slack off a bit? Nope! I’ve developed and tweaked a few of my crock pot recipes so they will help me stick to my diet while giving my family meals they’ll enjoy coming home to!
Ginger Garlic Beef with Snow Peas
You’ll need about a 2 1/2 lb. boneless Round Steak, cut into 4 pieces. Place the pieces in your crock pot. In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 cup of soy sauce, about 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger, 2 cloves of garlic, grated or minced, and 2 tablespoons canola oil. Pour your mixture over the steak and put on the crock pot cover. Cook this on low for about 6 hours. Give the meat the fork-test to see if it’s nice and tender. If not, let it go a bit longer. Then serve alongside hot, cooked snow peas tossed with sauted mushrooms for a perfectly delicious Asian inspired meal.
Simple Split Pea Soup
For a simple soup, throw a 1 lb. bag of split peas into your crock pot along with 2 lbs. of boiled ham, diced up, 3 cloves garlic, minced or grated, 1 medium onion, diced pretty small, 3 ribs celery, finely diced, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, 7 cups fresh cold water, and 5 chicken bouillion cubes. Set your crock pot to low and let cook for 6 to 7 hours. You may want to BRIEFLY lift the lid on this to give it a stir 2 or 3 times during the cooking time as the split peas will tend to settle.
Beef and 3 Bean Chili
In large heavy skillet, brown 2 lbs. of lean, ground beef. Drain excess fat if necessary. Meanwhile, dice 2 medium onions, 1 green pepper, 2 stalks of celery, and 3 minced cloves of garlic and put it all in the crock pot. Add 2 (16 ounce size) cans of diced tomatoes, 2 cans of garbanzo beans, 1 can of butter beans, and 1 can of black beans, all drained first but not rinsed. Add a 15 ounce can of chicken broth, 3 teaspoons chili powder (more or less), 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, and 1 teaspoon of salt. A bit more salt may be added later if desired. Add the browned ground beef, stir together gently and cover. Cook on LOW for about 6 hours. Serve in big bowls with a spoonful of low fat yogurt topped with chives.
Diet-friendly recipes and crock pots can get along. Even though it may be difficult at first to come up with recipes for your crock pot that are suitable for your low-glycemic diet, it is not impossible. With just a couple recipes that are tried and true, you will not only be able to stick to your diet, but the whole family will eat healthy, and hearty, too! You and your family no longer have to eat separate meals while you’re dieting. Start off with these simple recipes and see if your family won’t ask for more! Keep up the good work!
If you are trying to follow a low-glycemic diet, you may have given up on using your crock pot. But, my crock pot has become a loyal companion in my kitchen, so what else could I do but figure out a few family-friendly meals that I, and my diet, can live with. With just a couple crock pot recipes at my disposal, we can enjoy home-cooked meals together more often. My family doesn’t even consider a crock pot meal as diet food, so everybody is happy! If dieting while trying to feed your family at the same time isn’t working for you, give these simple recipes a try. It may just get you on track, too! Good luck to you!