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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

                              Tacos

                                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

                                        crock pot teriyaki chicken

                                          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

                                            slow cooker barbecue beef sandwich

                                              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

                                                            Applesauce

                                                              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 January 17, 2019

                                                              8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                              8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                              In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                                              Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                                              Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                                              Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                                              Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                                              The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                                              There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                                              How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                                              According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                                              Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                                              Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                                              The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                                              Listen carefully:

                                                              We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                                              The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                                              Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                                              8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                                              There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                                              Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                                              1. Pray Daily

                                                              You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                                              When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                                              Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                                              Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                                              2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                                              A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                                              By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                                              Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                                              If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                                              This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                                              How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                                              3. Smile Often

                                                              Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                                              Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                                              Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                                              The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                                              4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                                              A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                                              When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                                              Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                                              Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                                              5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                                              I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                                              Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                                              What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                                              6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                                              God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                                              I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                                              I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                                              7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                                              You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                                              How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                                              First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                                              If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                                              If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                                              If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                                              Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                                              8. Go Exercise

                                                              Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                                              The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                                              You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                                              12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                                              The Bottom Line

                                                              It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                                              It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                                              Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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