A great way to manage what you eat, for benefits of health and help for weight loss, is bulk cooking. Here is The Love 4 Life’s easy 4 step crockpot recipe.
Using a crockpot helps you to use a bunch of healthy ingredients you may otherwise pass on from your day to day meal planning.
| For myself this would be kidney beans, carrots, and peppers which I don’t eat on the regular. |
This Garden Chili recipe is one of several crockpot meal plans that I use 2 to 3 times a year. Duration is about 30 to 45 minutes from prep to the crockpot and the cleanup. Bear in mind the amounts used in your ingredient list varies with the size of your crockpot.
2 to 3 lbs Ground Beef
1 can Red Kidney Beans
Broccoli about a dozen crowns
Spinach about 3 to 4 handfuls
2 Tomatoes medium-sized
1 to 2 canned Tomatoes
1 small can of Tomato Paste
1 medium Carrot
½ Red Onion large
½ Pepper of Red, Green, and Yellow
Cremini Mushrooms 1 to 2 handfuls
Basil, Oregano, Turmeric
Dried Herbs and Spices:
Chili Powder, Smoked Paprika, Cumin, Basil, Turmeric.
Step 1 Prep
Cut your Peppers and Tomatoes into bite-size portions.
Slice and Dice your Mushrooms, Carrot, and Red Onion.
Cut all your fresh herbs, garlic, and ginger.
Step 2 Pre-Cook
Brown your meat in a pan, add the spices, garlic, ginger, mushroom, and onion.
I typically put in the can of Tomato Paste at this step.
Next, put your canned Tomatoes in the crockpot gauging how much more your pot can hold and start evenly putting in your produce and meat.
Then adding additional fresh ginger, garlic, mushroom, and onion.
Set your cook time anywhere from 2 to 4 hours. Temperatures and cook times vary dependent on the slow cooker.
Step 3 Cook
During the cook give the pot a stir to help mix everything up and season to taste, especially the use of your Chili. It’s best to start mildly and add more as you taste and cook.
Step 4 Serve
Using a medium-sized bowl, and add in portions of the broccoli and peppers in your serving.
I like to serve it with an individual loaf, like ciabatta bread, with butter if I’m not being mindful of carbs.
Be mindful of your shopping choices.
Refrain from sugary or added sugar products.
Select local meat sources.
Choose organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices given the option.