August 17, 2014

25 Crock Pot Side Dishes | Healthy Recipes

Healthy Slow Cooker Side Dishes | Becky Cooks Lightly

Hi Everyone!
I've collected some of my favorite healthy crock pot side recipes to share with you today...Have a blessed Sunday!

  1. Bourbon Maple Slow Cooker Baked Beans, Averie Cooks
  2. Candied Acorn Squash, Stephanie O'Dea
  3. Crock Pot Corn On The Cob, The Recipe Hunter
  4. Crockpot Simple Whipped Cauliflower, Crockpot Gourmet
  5. Healthy Baked Beans, Chocolate Covered Katie
  6. (Not) Refried Beans, Budget Bytes
  7. Pineapple Sweet Potatoes, Becky Cooks Lightly
  8. Skinny Country Green Beans, Skinny Mom
  9. Slow Cooker Beans, Wholesome
  10. Slow Cooker Creamy Green Beans, Get Crocked
  11. Slow-Cooker German Potato Salad, Eating Well
  12. Slow Cooker Edamame {Gluten Free}, Vegan In The Freezer
  13. Slow Cooker Healthier Red Robin Fries (Copycat), Get Crocked
  14. Slow Cooker Honey Glazed Carrots, Eat At Home
  15. Slow Cooker Kidney Bean Curry, Pescatarian Journal
  16. Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes, Simple Nourished Living
  17. Slow Cooker Mexican Quinoa & Rice, Cooking Quinoa
  18. Slow Cooker Rice, Simple Nourished Living
  19. Slow Cooker Recipe for Black Beans with Cilantro, Kalyn's Kitchen
  20. Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes, Fo Reals Life
  21. Slow Cooker Wild Rice Pilaf, Skinny Ms.
  22. Slow Cooker Zucchini Casserole, Becky Cooks Lightly
  23. Spiced Sweet Potatoes, Taking On Magazines
  24. Squash, Super Healthy Kids
  25. Vegan Slow Cooker Black-Eye Peas, The Healthy Family & Home
August 15, 2014

25 Crock Pot Oatmeal Recipes

Healthy Crock Pot Oatmeal Recipes | Becky Cooks Lightly
Courtesy/Denna Jones

TGIF, Everyone!
I've collected some of my favorite healthy (and easy) crock pot oatmeal recipes to share with you today...Enjoy your Friday!

  1. Banana Blueberry Steel Cut Oats in the Slow-Cooker, Healthy Hungry Girl
  2. Clean Eating Slow Cooker Overnight Oatmeal, The Gracious Pantry
  3. Cranberry-Maple Slow Cooker Oatmeal, Weight Watchers
  4. Crock Pot Apple Oatmeal, Simple Nourished Living
  5. Crock Pot Banana Bread Oatmeal, Garnish With Lemon
  6. Crock Pot Cherry Pie Steel Cut Oats, Prevention RD
  7. Crock Pot Cinnamon-Apple Oatmeal, Becky Cooks Lightly
  8. Crock Pot Cocoa Steel Cut Oats, Sugar-Free Mom
  9. Crock Pot Cranberry Oatmeal, Jennifer's Kitchen
  10. Crockpot Maple and Brown Sugar Steel Cut Oatmeal, My Frugal Adventures
  11. Crock Pot Oatmeal, Chocolate Covered Katie
  12. Crock Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oats, Sugar-Free Mom
  13. Overnight Crockpot Oatmeal with Fruit and Vanilla, Health, Home, & Happiness
  14. Overnight Oatmeal, Food Network
  15. Overnight Spiced Vanilla-Pear Oatmeal, Sweet Treats And More
  16. Slow Cooker Banana Nut Oatmeal, The Lemon Bowl
  17. Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Oatmeal, Oatmeal With A Fork
  18. Slow Cooker – Hot Chocolate Steel-Cut Oatmeal, Skinny Ms.
  19. Slow Cooker Creamy Coconut Steel Oats, Fit Foodie Finds
  20. Slow Cooker Strawberry Layer Cake Oatmeal, Healthy Slow Cooking
  21. Slow Cooker Overnight Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal, Around My Family Table
  22. Overnight Slow Cooker Oatmeal Cinnamon Apple, The Fitchin
  23. Pumpkin Oatmeal Crock Pot Recipe, Laa Loosh
  24. Pumpkin Oatmeal in a Crockpot, Peanut Butter & Peppers
  25. Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal, Cook Smarts
August 10, 2014

Crock Pot Lasagna Recipe {Lightly!}

Crock Pot Lasagna {Lightly!} | Becky Cooks Lightly
Make lasagna? Too lazy...

Yesterday it rained all day, and all I wanted to do was snooze and watch Netflix. I've gotten addicted to a British mystery series called Midsomer Murders. I'm also a HUGE fan of Agatha Christie's Poirot and Miss Marple series. I'm sure this says something about me. I think it's a step up from my old favorite - horror. Just between us, I still enjoy creepy make-me-jump-out-of-my-seat horror films, just not the slashers (Wanna watch Friday 13th anyone?) that I used to watch as a teenager. 

After watching a few movies, I checked out a kindle book from my local library called Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers. It's given me a lot to worry about, and I'm thinking about starting a series on the blog called the Grain Free Experiment. Have you read the book? What did you think? Is a grain brain something you're concerned about? I have a Pinterest board that I'm using to post recipes that I'm going to potentially test and review. You can check it out if you're interested in grain free or paleo recipes. 

* Getting back to lazy day lasagna~ 

Lazy rainy days are also wonderful for making use of the slow cooker. I wanted the lasagna to make itself, and it practically did. Practically. If you have a lazy day, doesn't have to even be raining, check out this easy lasagna recipe

Fix-It and Forget-It Lightly's recipe calls for broad egg noodles, and The Frugal Farm Girl has a Gluten Free Egg Noodle Recipe (you can make them wider). I haven't tried replacing store-bought egg noodles with her recipe yet, but it looks to be a good option. I will definitely give it a go next time. Here is another recipe by Carla's Gluten Free Recipe Box: Gluten Free Egg Noodles. If you try either of these recipes, please share how they worked out for you.

If store bought is more your thing, I found MANISCHEWITZ Extra Wide Egg Noodles, 12-Ounce Bags (Pack of 12). It's currently listed at $37.36 with free shipping. If you find it cheaper anywhere, please let us know in the comment section. I'm all about frugal meals.

Paleo/Grain Free bread to serve with lasagna~

Healthy Crock Pot Lasagna Recipe

Recipe by Frances Musser, Newmanstown, PA

Makes  servings
(Ideal slow-cooker size: 4-quart)

Calories: 300  ♥ Fat: 9 ♥ Carbs: 33g ♥ Fiber: 3g ♥ Protein: 21g ♥ Sodium: 590mg ♥ Cholesterol: 50mg  ♥ Points Plus: 9 ♥ Old Points: 6

Quick Lasagna

Fix-It and Forget-It Lightly Revised & Updated: 600 Healthy, Low-Fat Recipes for Your Slow Cooker

  • ¼ lb. extra-lean ground beef
  • 8-oz. pkg. broad egg noodles (see *gluten-free option above)
  • 1 cup fat-free cottage cheese
  • ½ cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2½ cups spaghetti sauce
Author's note: If you wish, and your diet permits, add 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning, or 1½ sp. dried basil and 1½ tsp. dried oregano, to step 3 of preparations.

  1. Brown ground beef in a nonstick skillet and set it aside.
  2. Cook noodles and drain. Toss the noodles with cheeses.
  3. Mix together browned beef and spaghetti sauce.
  4. Spoon one-third of meat sauce in bottom of slow cooker.
  5. Layer in half of noodles. Repeat layers.
  6. Cover. Cook on low 5-6 hours.
  7. Grab your fork and enjoy!
August 07, 2014

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Breasts | Healthy!

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Breasts | Becky Cooks Lightly
This recipe got me thinking about popular cooking terms. A Dash. A Pinch. A Smidgen. Are they the same? Exactly how much are they? What tool can I use to measure?

According to Yahoo Voices, a dash (twice seen in this recipe) is the largest of the three terms: dash, pinch, and smidgen. Wikipedia takes it further, defining the dash as 1⁄8 teaspoon, a pinch as 1⁄16 teaspoon, and a smidgen as 1⁄32 teaspoon. Based on these spoons, there are two smidgens in a pinch and two pinches in a dash. If you're interested in measurement trivia, I suggest reading Wikipedia's Cooking Weights and Measures. It's downright fascinating.

Now that we've fully developed the idea of a dash. Let's apply it to a mouth-watering meal - Fix-It & Forget-It's Crock Pot Barbecued Chicken Breast. My cookbook is well-worn and thoroughly dog-eared, as it boasts more than 500 guilt-free recipes. Author Phyllis Pellman Good is a favorite, and you can see a list of all her books at Good Books. UPDATE: There is a revised edition with over 600 recipes! She also has a terrific blog ~ Fix-It & Forget-It Blog.

Check out my lengthy cookbook review at Book Review: Fix-It and Forget-It Lightly by Phyllis Pellman Good.

My favorite healthy side dishes to serve with BBQ Chicken ~
Baked Basil Fries
Crispy Baked Onion Rings
Healthy Ranch Dressing with raw veggies
Low Fat Baked Onion Rings
Slow Cooker Pineapple Sweet Potatoes
Rosemary Sweet Potato Wedges

Recipe by Jeanne Allen of Rye, Co.

Makes 8 servings
(Ideal slow-cooker size: 3- or 4-quart)

Calories: 170 ♥ Fat: 3g ♥ Carbs: 7g ♥ Fiber: 0.5g ♥ Protein: 27g ♥ Sodium: 470mg ♥ Cholesterol: 75mg  ♥ Points Plus: 4 ♥ Old Points: 4

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Breasts

Fix-It and Forget-It Lightly Revised & Updated: 600 Healthy, Low-Fat Recipes for Your Slow Cooker

  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 8-oz. can low-sodium tomato sauce
  • 8-oz. can water
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. prepared mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • dash of garlic powder
  • dash of dried oregano
  • 3 Tbsp. onion, chopped
  • cooking spray

  1. Place chicken in slow cooker sprayed with non-fat cooking spray. Overlap chicken as little as possible.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients. Pour over chicken.
  3. Cover. Cook on low 6-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours.
  4. To thicken the sauce a bit, remove the lid during the last hour of cooking.
  5. Grab a fork and devour eat one serving.