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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 February 18, 2019

                                                              13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with It and Enjoy the Ride

                                                              13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with It and Enjoy the Ride

                                                              Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie can you help me fix my fear?”

                                                              Why is this so critically important to you?

                                                              The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

                                                              Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share you with 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

                                                              1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

                                                              Right now around the world people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

                                                              When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear like so many other emotions can mean so many different things to so many different people:

                                                              • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
                                                              • The man facing the judge.
                                                              • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
                                                              • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr Smith.”
                                                              • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
                                                              • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

                                                              These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

                                                              Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

                                                              Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

                                                              2. Accept Your Fear

                                                              Firstly if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

                                                              We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

                                                              And here’s what can be done.

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                                                              3. Get Some Perspective

                                                              I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

                                                              And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

                                                              That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

                                                              We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

                                                              So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

                                                              • Are you really at risk?
                                                              • Will this kill you?
                                                              • Which leads us on to..
                                                              • If the worse was to happen what would it be?

                                                              4. Hold a Hand

                                                              As a coach, it is my job to holds someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

                                                              Like the child petrified of the thunder storm or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

                                                              We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

                                                              Ask yourself:

                                                              • If the worse were to happen, what would that be?
                                                              • Could that really happen?
                                                              • If the worse did happen, how would you recover?
                                                              • If the worse were to happen, what would you need to do next?

                                                              By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through it’s wily evil ways and move forward.

                                                              5. Know Whose Hand You Hold Either Physically or Emotionally

                                                              This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

                                                              Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

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                                                              The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

                                                              It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

                                                              For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

                                                              Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

                                                              6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

                                                              I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

                                                              Not everyone was looking for greatness, however they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

                                                              Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in the 2nd world war. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind he was free.

                                                              Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

                                                              Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

                                                              Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

                                                              7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

                                                              Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what hell you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

                                                              I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music. hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

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                                                              It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded that nothing stays the same and I can find away.

                                                              One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

                                                              Did that moment fix the disaster that my clients life felt? No, however it gave them a moment of calm and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

                                                              It may feel like madness to do something you love, however it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

                                                              8. Assume the Worse

                                                              If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

                                                              Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed?

                                                              • Think about what age it may have made them feel?
                                                              • Think about how they feel about champagne?
                                                              • What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

                                                              And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

                                                              When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

                                                              Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

                                                              9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now.

                                                              If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

                                                              Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

                                                              Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

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                                                              10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

                                                              One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

                                                              11. Go with Fear

                                                              When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

                                                              I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

                                                              Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

                                                              One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

                                                              However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

                                                              We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

                                                              12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

                                                              And in that clients words “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

                                                              The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

                                                              What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

                                                              13. Own Your Fear

                                                              Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

                                                              We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

                                                              You can’t help but feel good when you see that can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

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