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Last Updated on November 14, 2017

30 Excellent Slow Cooker Recipes For Lazy People

30 Excellent Slow Cooker Recipes For Lazy People

Sometimes, you’re just not into cooking. Takes time. Can get tricky. You can cut yourself. Don’t want to miss the newest episode of your favorite show. But, you love to eat.

You love enjoying a nice dish, and want to start the good habit in life, cooking. Does it really need to be that tough? Absolutely not.

Take a look in your kitchen for slow cooker. This handy all-in-one cooking appliance can be used in many recipes, and produce delicious meals without effort. It’s basically made for the people who don’t want to spend hours in kitchen. First thing that comes to mind when you think about slow cooker – a soup. Or a stew. However, you can prepare a variety of meals with it, considering the way of preparing food. A tasty dinner, lunch or a dessert.

Big advantage of using a crock pot is – you just get the ingredients, mash them all together, put them in and forget about it. An alarm after needed hours is a smart move, to remind you that your meal is done.

Using the slow cooker, you won’t miss your favorite show on TV. Here are the slow cooker recipes that will change your cooking:

1. Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken

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    For this one, you’ll need a skillet and slow cooker. Ten ingredients (probably already in your kitchen), and just 10-15 minutes of preparation.

    Then, you just leave it for 3 hours if you set on “High” or 6 hours if you set on “Medium”. Set the alarm, relax, and let crock pot do the rest.

    Can’t be easier.  It’s healthy, delicious, and you didn’t brake a sweat making it.

    2. Slow Cooker Make-Ahead Scrambled Eggs

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      When you usually don’t have time to cook, and want to make something tasty, you use scrambled eggs. It’s easy, and done quick.

      With this slow cooker recipe, you can have them prepared and waiting for the next 8 hours for your needs. Excellent idea if you need to snack, and have no nerves to cook again after lunch.

      Preparation is easy, and you can make variations suiting your taste.

      3. Spicy Fajita Soup

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        The Fajita soup tastes delicious, and the preparation is easy; put the ingredients in a crock pot, and let them cook slow, 4-6 hours. Extras like tortilla and cheese topping are fine but not necessary. (Or can be bought on the side)

        Healthy, tasteful meal.

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        4. Savory Bean and Spinach Soup

        beans and spinach soup

          Bean and spinach soup can be served as a whole meal, served with bread. The process is same like the before mentioned soup, just pour the ingredients and cook for 5-7 hours. (Depending on setting)

          Season to taste, and surprise your partner with tasty meal, nutritional and good-looking. People won’t believe you made it yourself.

          5. Honey Ginger Apple Shredded Pork

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            Have you tried this combination perhaps? It’s well-known in Paleo circles these days. Paleo diet has been a blast on the Internet lately, and we know that it is healthy, and losing a pound or two wouldn’t hurt you, right?

            With this slow cooker recipe, you can stick to the diet, and prepare meal in advance. Same principles as always, put the ingredients in crock pot, and cook them for 8 to 10 hours. Enjoy combining apples and pork.

            6. Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

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              Beef is low-fat, tasty and stacked with protein. Broccoli is one of the healthiest green foods you can eat. Rice is great for the bowels, and keeps you full for long time. And yes, its tremendously easy to make this meal.

              7. Baked Potatoes from the Crock Pot

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                This one is really easy. Wrap potatoes in foil, put them to slow cooker, and leave them. They’re done in nearly 4 hours and prepared in five minutes. Can’t get any easier than this. And, they are more healthy when not fried.

                8. Easy Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili

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                  Vegetarian food can also be great, and well prepared in slow cooker. This meal will need about 4-6 hours, depending on heat setting. There is a lot of veggies involved, so health benefits are obvious here.

                  9. Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Country Ribs

                  Sweet & Sour Ribs

                    You need 8 ingredients, and slow cooker. That’s all. And the taste is unbelievable. (Takes around 6-10 hours, depending on setting  the cooker)

                    10. Slow Cooker Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip

                    Slow-Cooker Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip

                      Same as always, mix the ingredients and put them into cooker for 2 to 4 hours.

                      This delicious dip is awesome appetizer and starter, even though can be used for a meal with friends. Serve it on a crunchy bread and enjoy.

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                      11. Slow Cooker Cheesy Italian Tortellini

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                        This slow cooker recipe is a bit “harder” to make. You need to bake beef and sausage 5 minutes, and then put that in slow cooker for next 7 hours with rest of the ingredients. 15 minutes before the end, adding Italian tortellini to mixture can’t be that complicated, right? Only thing left to do is to enjoy the meal.

                        *Tip – this meal is caloric, be sure to have it before 6 PM. Healthy eating must induce consuming lighter food after 6 PM, as this habit is not difficult to implement in your daily life.*

                        12. Slow Cooker Garlicky Shrimp

                          This one doesn’t need many hours to complete. It only takes 50 minutes, and some small preparation. Shrimp are good protein source, and it’s recommended eating seafood once a week at least.

                          13. Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa Bake

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                            This is a healthy meal your whole family can agree on and you will love the ease of prep. Small preparation before cooking in pot, (4 minutes) and than 3 hours and 15 minutes of cooking.

                            14. Crock Pot Potato Chowder

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                              Potato chowder is yummy! This meal, when is “seasoned” with little bacon and chives on top, tastes amazing. Cooking time – 8 to 10 hours.

                              You will be able to set it up in 10 minutes, and go to work, and when you’re back, you’ll have your delicious meal waiting. Simple as that.

                              15. Slow Cooker Chili Chicken Tacos

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                                In slow cooker, combine chicken, garlic, salsa, chiles, chili powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and teaspoon pepper. Cover and cook on high, 4 hours (or on low, 8 hours).

                                After it’s done, tear the meat apart in small pieces, add spices to taste and enjoy the easy made delicious tacos. Much more healthier than regular tacos bought on the street.

                                16. Slow Cooker Chicken and Chickpea Curry

                                Slow-cooker chicken and chickpea curry

                                  This scrumptious meal can turn your house to an restaurant, smell-vise. Cooking lasts for 6 hours, or when chicken gets tender, and during this period your house will be filled with delicious smell which will last for hours after. Preparation of ingredients before cooking in crock pot takes only 5-6 minutes.

                                  17. Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl

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                                    When you get used to crock pot and using it every single day (which will happen if you try at least two of the recipes from here) you can start on some bit “complex” meals. Even though they’re still so easy to make.

                                    Put in, cook, remove chicken, add rice, return chicken and cheese, serve. Easy.

                                    18. Grape Jelly Meatballs

                                    Grape Yelly Meatballs

                                      One of the easiest yet.It can be done for 5 minutes prep, and 4 hours cooking. Three ingredients. These are a party hit!

                                      Small suggestion: they are yummy, but caloric. The good advice for consuming them is to make sure you eat them during the day, and don’t overdose.

                                      19. Slow-Cooked Fisherman’s Wharf Seafood Stew

                                      Slow cooked seafood

                                        Easy recipe. Mix the ingredients in crock pot, and cook for 8-9 hours. 20 minutes before the end, add meaty stuff, and let them cook together. Extraordinary delicious, and healthy meal.

                                        Seafood should be implemented in your weekly feeding regime for health reasons, and it’s tasty.

                                        20. Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

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                                          Excellent recipe for weight watchers. Low calories, high protein, and healthy and delicious meal. Cut the chicken, put it in crock pot with spices and sauces, and cook on Low for 2 hours.

                                          21. Leg of Lamb in the Slow Cooker with Mint, Rosemary & Garlic

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                                            Preparing this will take around 30 minutes. You need to make the paste for meat, and bake lamb in skillet until it goes brown on all sides. And then, put it in slow cooker for 8 hours. It will melt in your mouth later.

                                            22. Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches

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                                              Your slow cooker does all the work. Real barbecue taste from a crock pot. Cooking lasts for 8 hours, and then you just cut it thin with onion and enjoy.

                                              23. Mocha Hot Chocolate

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                                                Ice cream, milk, and espresso. Delicious combination. When crock pot mends them together you’ll forget about regular coffee.

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                                                24. Slow Cooker Chocolate Fudge

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                                                  Melt the ingredients in your crock pot, and pour into baking dish. Let it harden, and than cut on small cubes. Delicious.

                                                  25. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Latte

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                                                    2 hours of cooking will make this latte with pumpkin taste unforgettable. And you’ll prepare it for 5 minutes, and all the rest will be done by your crock pot.

                                                    26. Crock Pot Cherry Dump Cake

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                                                      Delicious desert. Easy to make, and you get to mix and crumble dry cake mix with butter. 2 to 4 hours cooking in cooker, depending on heat.

                                                      27. Overnight Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

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                                                        This seriously could NOT be any easier! And, you’ll wake up in the morning with a house that smells delicious and a slow cooker full of piping hot oatmeal!

                                                        28. Slow Cooker Bananas Foster

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                                                          This delicious low calorie treat will be done in about two hours. Rum and honey give exquisite taste to banana slices, while slow cooker melts them to perfection.

                                                          29. Mulled Cranberry Punch

                                                          Mulled Cranberry Punch

                                                            You can make a healthy fruit punch for an vivid afternoon sip. It can replace a tea as well as cocktails at your brunch party.

                                                            30. Easy Slow Cooker Applesauce

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                                                              This low calorie dessert is delicious and healthy. Combined with whipped cream it is a pleasure for all senses.

                                                              The slow cooker can make your life easier. You will prepare meals like professional without too much effort. Don’t be afraid to make a first step, you can enjoy your specialty even today.

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                                                              Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                                              7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                                              7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                                              Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                                                              Video Summary

                                                              Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                                                              There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                                                              This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                                                              Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                                                              In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                                                              One Exercise, multiple benefits

                                                              There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                                                              By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                                                              When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                                                              Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                                                              In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                                                              What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                                                              What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                                                                1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                                                                Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                                                                • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                                                                • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                                                                • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                                                                • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                                                                2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                                                                  Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                                                                  Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                                                                  3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                                                                    Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                                                    4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                                                      Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                                                      A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                                                      A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                                                      On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                                                      5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                                                        Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                                                        6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                                                          Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                                                          7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                                                            Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                                                            How to hold a plank position

                                                                            1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                                                            2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                                                            3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                                                            4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                                                            5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                                                            6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                                                            7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                                                            Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                                                            Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                                                              How to improve your plank time gradually

                                                                              1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                                                              2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                                                              3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                                                              Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                                                              Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                                                              You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                                                              • Prolapse
                                                                              • After prolapse surgery
                                                                              • Pelvic pain conditions
                                                                              • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                                                              • Previous childbirth
                                                                              • Overweight

                                                                              Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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