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Cooking this week: Crock pot dinners

During these brutally cold winter days, it can be hard to find motivation to cook an elaborate meal. That's where crock pots come in handy. This popular kitchen appliance cooks your meals while you're at work or out for the day as the food simmers on a low temperature.

If you want to have a tasty, warm meal ready for you when you get home from work, this is your perfect solution! Slow cookers also make it easy to quickly prepare healthy meals; something that isn’t always easy to do. Soups, stews, and curries are some of the dishes that can be cooked to perfection using this appliance.

So instead of calling for takeout this week, try some recipes on a crock pot. We’ve found five dishes for you to try that will warm you up during these chilly January days!

Monday: Chicken enchilada soup

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  • Enjoy all the flavors of a chicken enchilada without a high-carb tortilla! Chicken breast, black beans, and tomatoes are some of the hearty ingredients used in this tasty Mexican meal.

    Per serving: 212 calories 3.5g fat, 25.9g carbohydrates, 19.1g protein, 3.6g fiber

    View recipe on sugarfreemom.com >

    Tuesday: Tofu and chickpea curry

    This vegetarian meal gets its Indian spice from the Madras curry powder. You’ll get plenty of nutrients from the hearty ingredients in this meal, such as cauliflower, sweet potatoes, and chickpeas.

    Per serving: 328 calories 7g fat, 53.8g carbohydrates, 12.8g protein, 6.7g fiber

    View recipe on myrecipes.com >

    Wednesday: Slow cooker beef stew

    This stew is the perfect healthy comfort food! In this low-fat meal, the veggies and beef blend nicely with the beef broth and red wine.

    Per serving: 263 calories 7g fat, 22g carbohydrates, 20g protein, 4g fiber

    View recipe on skinnyms.com >

    Thursday: Greek chicken and vegetable ragout

    The chicken thighs stay moist from cooking in the crock pot. The dish is complemented with avgolémono, a Greek sauce made with egg, lemon and fresh dill.

    Per serving: 355 calories 11g fat, 27g carbohydrates, 34g protein, 4g fiber

    View recipe on eatingwell.com >

    Friday: Turkey chili

    Even the kids will enjoy this chili due to its mild flavor! Cut calories and fat by using the 99% lean ground turkey in this recipe, instead of the higher-fat beef that’s traditionally used.

    Per serving: 226 calories 3g fat, 21g carbohydrates, 31g protein, 3.5g fiber

    View recipe on skinnytaste.com >

    Lauren Mennen Philly.com
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