"Creative Ways to Use Your Slow Cooker" from VeryWell.com
Looking for new creative dinners you can make in your crock pot? Read this article from VeryWell.com
Your slow cooker is good for more than just soups and stews! I’m Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien and I’m here with five slow-cooker hacks that will change the way you look at your Crock Pot.
1. Cook an Entire Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti squash is the ultimate low-calorie pasta swap (you can have three cups of the stuff for just about 125 calories), but the process of turning the gourd into spaghetti-like noodles can be intimidating. Not to worry, a slow cooker makes it much easier! All you have to do is put a whole spaghetti squash in your slow cooker with half a cup of water and cook it on high for 2 1/2 hours. By the time the squash comes out it’ll be tender enough to slice in half lengthwise and easily scoop out the seeds. Then you can use it in your favorite spaghetti squash recipes.
2. Whip-Up Taco Filling
The only thing better than tacos is guilt-free tacos that practically make themselves.
Shredded pork: By combining decadent pork shoulder with lean pork tenderloin, you get a delicious dish that's surprisingly low in calories. When you shred the meat after it's cooked, the flavors all blend together.
Ground beef: Extra-lean ground beef is low in fat and adding chopped veggies amps up the portion size. It's great on crispy corn taco shells or you can wrap it in lettuce leaves for a low-carb fiesta.
3. Steam a Cabbage
One of my favorite ways to slash carbs from sandwiches is to ditch the bread and wrap the filling with a cooked cabbage leaf. The problem is that it’s nearly impossible to remove an entire leaf from a raw cabbage and keep it intact. The solution: Your slow cooker! Place half a head of green cabbage in a slow cooker with 2 cups of water, then cook on high for 2 ½ hours. When the time is up, you’ll be able to easily remove the leaves and wrap them around your favorite sandwich fillings.
By Lisa Lillien, a.k.a. Hungry Girl
Read this article at VeryWell.com: https://www.verywell.com/creatives-ways-to-use-your-slow-cooker-1087872