For folks on low-glycemic diet plans, vegetarians, or anyone who would like to eat healthier, there are a variety of different vegetarian and other healthy  crock   pot   recipes  which are delicious and convenient. The beauty of these meals is that you can prepare them in the morning, (or even the night before), throw them into the slow cooker, set it and forget it until lunch or dinner time.

 Crock   pot   recipes  are perfect for folks who work during the day, or who have other commitments such as child care or errands to run. In the past, healthy  crock   pot  meals were few and far between as most  crock   pot   recipes  included meats high in fat as well as the addition of sugar and salt. Thankfully, slow cooker recipes have come a long way. Healthy slow cooker recipes often include leaner cuts of meat, (or no meat), and a variety of beans and vegetables. Barley, lentils, and dal are also great inclusions to  crock   pot  meals as are a variety of different mushrooms, (especially for vegetarian or vegan dishes).

Coconut milk can be a great substitute for cream or whole milk and a variety of spices can help replace the salt of other  crock   pot   recipes . For households where one or both parents work, these type of meals allow them to prepare healthy, delicious food for their families, with the ease of standard slow cooker recipes.

And for folks who are on low-glycemic or low-carb diets, healthy slow cooker recipes and often much needed break from the low-fat cheese, chicken breasts, and nuts they eat most of the time. Rather than bread, potatoes, or pasta, whole grain rice is often a great accompaniment for a variety of different recipes including Asian inspired dishes such as beef and snow peas. If you do decide to serve pasta with your  crock   pot  meals, opt for whole wheat pasta rather than highly process white pastas.

With summer quickly approaching, healthy  crock   pot   recipes  are the perfect way to escape hours hovering around the stove or oven. Just throw in the ingredients of the healthy  crock   pot  meal, turn it on, and go outside to enjoy summer while your dinner cooks itself. Many  crock   pot   recipes  even use super convenient food such as canned vegetables and condensed soups, making them even faster to prepare.

Of course, whenever possible, healthy  crock   pot  meals should include fresh vegetables or a salad on the side.

Source by C Elias