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Crock Pot Meals

I have had a lot of clients ask for more crock pot recipes so I thought I would do a quick post on my favorites.  Crock pot meals are KEY for busy evenings and make clean eating possible.  Staples for us are homemade turkey or bison veggie chili, tri-tip, whole roasted chicken, homemade bone broth chicken soup, shredded chicken & shredded pork.  I also found a website that has a TON of Amy Approved recipes that probably have a lot more flavor than mine 🙂

  1. Turkey or Bison Veggie Chili – MY FAV!!!  I whip it up on my morning break, toss it into the crockpot on medium all day.  It makes for a warm, satisfying meal and amazing lunch leftovers!  HERE is the recipe.  This link I made it on the stove top but just throw it into your crock.
  2. Tri-tip – EASY!!!  Take a FROZEN (yes no prep!) tri-tip, rinse with water, place into your crockpot, smother with garlic, chopped onion, organic garlic salt, salt & pepper & 2 inches of water and turn on HIGH for 8-10 hours.  When you get home take out your salad (ALWAYS have a big salad & dressing made up in the fridge like THIS one).  Take out the Trader Joe’s microwaveable rice which is done in 3 minutes (I prefer you make rice on the stovetop but sometimes this is a lifesaver) and SERVE DINNER.  You can meat, LOTS of salad and about 1/4 cup rice with coconut aminos on top.
  3. Take a WHOLE chicken, take out the gizzards and place BREAST DOWN into your crockpot.  Season with minced garlic, salt, pepper, organic garlic salt and anything else you desire.  Cut an orange into wedges and squeeze 1-2 onto the chicken and stuff them inside.  Cook the chicken for 6-8 hours.  You do not need any water as it will make it’s own juices.  When you get home take out your salad (ALWAYS have a big salad & dressing made up in the fridge like THIS one).  Take out the Trader Joe’s microwaveable rice which is done in 3 minutes (I prefer you make rice on the stovetop but sometimes this is a lifesaver) and SERVE DINNER.  You can meat, LOTS of salad and about 1/4 cup rice with coconut aminos on top.  If not in the mood for salad blanch a batch of asparagus.  Boil 2 inches of water, trim the asparagus and toss them in for 3 minutes or until the water turns green.  Strain, top with a generous amount of salt and juice of a lemon.  SERVE!!!
  4. Bone broth chicken soup – after your chicken dinner take off all the leftover meat and put in glass container in fridge.  Put the bones, gizzards, skin etc BACK into the crockpot, add water almost to top, ACV (bragg’s raw), salt & pepper.  Cook overnight.  In morning strain out “junk”, put broth back into your crock pot and throw in chopped carrots, celery, onion, garlic, mushrooms (whatever you enjoy in your chicken soup – even frozen veggies are fine) & leftover chicken.  Add a tiny bit of rice.  Cook until you get home and WA-LA – you have BONE BROTH chicken soup that is amazing for your gut!!!
  5. Shredded pork or chicken.  Take frozen or fresh chicken breasts or thighs OR a whole pork and set it into crockpot with minced garlic and chopped onion.  Season with ANY organic spices.  I prefer organic garlic salt, onion powder, salt, pepper, organic cilantro etc…  Add about 2 inches of water and cook on high for 6-8 hours.  At dinner time take a fork and SHRED.  You can make lettuce wraps (romaine) topped with salsa & avocado (corn tortillas for your family) or put shredded meat on top of a salad.  The possibilities are endless and the meat makes for great lunch leftovers.

I CHALLENGE you to try all of these recipes and report back!!!  Remember that clean eating is NOT hard if you stick to the basics that you know and enjoy.

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Meatballs = Clean Protein & AMAZING Leftovers!!

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I used our favorite turkey burger recipe and made a batch of meatballs for dinner tonight.  They were very moist, the perfect size (I ate 3!) & are stored away in fridge for clean lunches!!!  I paired them with a Napa cabbage salad (made a huge one so I have leftovers) with vinegar & homemade sweet potato fries (Charly’s fav!).  I also served sauerkraut on the side because I aim to get fermented foods into my body once a day.

HERE is the recipe I used for the meatballs.  It’s key to grate the onion & apple into the meat mixture.

Ingredients:
1lb organic turkey burger
1 egg
1-2 small apples grated
1/2 onion grated
3 or so garlic cloves grated (I used minced)
Handful or so of gluten free oats
Coconut aminos
Salt / pepper

Mix the ingredients in a large bowl.  Use a large scoop & make small balls in a cake pan.  Add about 1/4 inch of water, cover with tin foil & bake at 400 deg for about 1 hour.  The last ten minutes or so take off the tinfoil to brown.

Eating clean is NOT hard!!  It takes a bit of prep but when you make large portions it ensures your lunches are clean, balanced & EASY!!!

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Amy’s Chili 🎉🌶


After lunch I whipped this up in bulk so we can have leftovers for our busy week.  It’s best if you give it 3-4 hours to simmer either on the stovetop or in the crockpot.

Ingredients:

1 lb organic turkey burger (optional Bison or grass fed beef)

1 large onion

Minced garlic 

3-4 large carrots

1/2 stalk celery

4-6 organic tomatoes

1/2 bag (non-gmo) frozen corn 

1 can organic black beans

1 can organic tomato paste

Organic chili powder

Salt / pepper

Sauté the onion, garlic, carrots & celery until soft adding salt & pepper.  Put into your pan or crockpot.  Brown your meat, season with salt, pepper & chili powder & add to your pan.  Pour in black beans & tomato paste.  Add chopped tomatoes & frozen corn.  Add about 3 cups hot water, lots of seasoning & simmer for 3-4 hours.  If you love spice add 1 jalapeño (my family doesn’t like spice…).  Before serving taste to make sure you have enough salt as it’s key the bringing the flavors out.

After a few meals don’t be afraid to freeze the chili in small glass containers.  It re-heats very well! 

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EASY Side Dish! 

  
I was invited to a girls Bunco party and brought this zucchini noodle salad as a side dish.  It was a hit!!! It’s easy to make, CLEAN & GREEN ☘☘☘

Ingredients:

4 zucchini 

1 small head cilantro

English peas (1 pack of Trader Joes)

1 small head celery

Garlic – minced 

Juice of 1 lemon

Coconut aminos

Sea salt

Spiralize your zucchini onto a cutting board, drizzle with salt & then chop them a bit.  Add to bowl your chopped noodles, celery & dump in peas.  Add minced garlic, juice of lemon & coconut aminos.  Taste & add salt as needed.  Refrigerate until party / dinner & ENJOY! 

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Have Leftover Salmon?? 

  
Salmon Cakes!!!! These babies are AMAZING!!!!  I ate them with a cucumber, tomato, onion salad & steamed broccoli.  AWESOME CLEAN dinner!!! 

Ingredients:

Leftover salmon

1/2 onion grated

1 egg

Dash of coconut garlic sauce

Dash of coconut aminos 

Salt & pepper

Organic coconut oil (to fry)

Take your leftover salmon & add all of the above ingredients.  Make into patties & fry them in coconut oil on your griddle.  Flip when brown & ENJOY!!! 

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Veggies & Bison over Lentil Pasta – YUMMMM!!!

My hubs found this green lentil “pasta” at Costco.  The ONLY ingredient is LENTILS!!  I covered the ziti with a bison & veggie sauce & topped it all with avocado.  A warm and satisfying meal!!!
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Ingredients:
Lentil pasta (when I cook it I use a dab of olive oil & sea salt)
1lb bison (or ground chicken / turkey / beef)
1 onion
Garlic – as desired
1/2 stalk celery
6 large carrots
6-8 mushrooms
Pinenuts – as desired
Avocado
Coconut oil
Salt / pepper – as desired
Basil (I used organic dried)
Parsley (I used organic dried)

Cook the lentil pasta, strain & set aside.  In meantime put coconut oil into your pan and sauté the onion, garlic, carrots & celery.  Saute until soft adding a bunch of salt & pepper.  Add bison & brown.  Add chopped mushrooms, basil, parsley & pinenuts.  Simmer everything together (put a lid on it and keep stove low).  Serve the meat sauce over the pasta with avocado on top.

ENJOY!  (PS. this makes for great lunch leftovers!)

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A NEW Brussels Sprouts Recipe – BACON!!!

This makes for an AWESOME side dish & great lunch leftovers.  And the best part is that it is something NEW!  Oh and that it has BACON in it 🙂  Everything is better with bacon!

Ingredients:
1.5 pounds Brussels sprouts
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil or ghee
Sea salt & pepper
4 slices of bacon, diced
Aged balsamic vinegar (malt free)

Instructions:
Preheat your oven to 400 degree’s F.  Trim the ends and any old outer leaves from the Brussels sprouts.  (don’t throw away the leaves – toss them into a container and keep in the fridge so you can make Brussels sprouts chips later).  Cut the sprouts in half & toss them with melted fat, salt & pepper.  Dump them on a foil lined baking sheet, making sure to keep everything in one layer.  Sprinkle the diced bacon over everything and pop the tray into the oven.  The sprouts take about 30-35 minutes to roast, so set your timer for 10 minute intervals to regularly rotate and flip the goods.  Once roasted, pour into a bowl, add salt (if needed) and drizzle some of the vinegar on top.  Toss & serve!!  This recipe also works with cauliflower & broccoli!!!

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Amy Approved Chili Dinner – Easy Crockpot Meal!!

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Ingredients:
1lb ground turkey
1 red onion (mine was very large so I used 3/4)
7-8 cloves of garlic
4-6 organic carrots
1 cup dried organic lentils
1 can black beans
LOTS of tomatoes (probably 6-8)
Salt/Pepper
Dried basil (fresh is fine too)
Organic chili powder
Coconut oil

Cook your lentils first.  Boil 2 cups of water and pour in 1 cup of lentils.  Simmer for 15-20 minutes.  When done pour into crockpot.  In meantime sauté your onion, garlic & carrots in a spoonful of coconut oil.  Once soft add in your ground turkey and cook until brown.  Open your black beans and pour them into crockpot.  Add the pan of turkey, LOTS of salt, pepper & a dash or 3 of chili powder and basil.  Turn your crockpot onto medium heat and simmer for 4 hours.  I served mine with avocado & nutritional yeast on top and dipped a rice cake in for crunch.  I ate 2 bowls!  YUM!!!

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Pork – EASY Clean Dinner!!

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This is our new favorite way to cook a pork roast. It’s simple, clean & super yummy!!!

1 pork roast (I buy mine at Costco)
10 garlic cloves
1 large onion
Organic garlic salt
Water
Coconut oil

Unthaw your pork first thing in morning. At noon take your pork out of pkg & rinse. Set it in pan and use a paper towel to rub coconut oil on top. Add chopped onion & garlic cloves (no need to chop garlic). Top with organic garlic salt. Add 1-2 inches of water. Put in oven on 350 for 5 hours. Check a few times to make sure there is a tiny bit of water. Once done take a fork & shred it all together.
ENJOY!!!

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EASY Crockpot Shredded Chicken

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This is such an easy clean way to prepare protein for the week! All this is is 6 chicken breasts cooked in a crockpot for 8 hours. It shreds awesome which makes it so easy to put on salads, squash, tacos or just as a side dish.

Ingredients:
6 chicken breasts (mine were frozen)
Garlic salt
Pepper
Garlic powder
Cilantro (dried)
Chili powder (optional)
Add any spices you want

Throw in breasts with 2 inches of water & spices. Cook on low for 8 hours. Take out water & shred with a fork. Done!!!

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