I absolutely love crockpot cooking.
The good thing about cooking with crockpots is that you can throw (almost) anything in it. With the right proportions of flavors and liquids, there's a very high chance it will magically turn out delicious. I also love crockpots because it's so easy to make a complete meal. Just add a source of healthy protein, pack it with multiple servings of vegetables and fruits, and finish with some lentils or whole grains.
How to craft your crockpot for success..
Start by adding your favorite veggies, fruits and grains. Today I started with quinoa (be sure to wash it!), sliced pineapple, and butternut squash pasta sauce. As for liquid, I used vegetable stock. As long as you choose a flavorful liquid, you are setting yourself up for success.
I also added some carrots and lentils (one of the most sustainable / healthy proteins to date)! There's a reason they were rated #1 food of the year by the United Nations in 2016!
I always add tons of lettuce (spinach, kale, or whatever I have). By the time it cooks down, you can add up to 8 ounces without noticing. Talk about packing in the nutrients!
Make sure to add enough liquid before cooking. I usually throw in a can of diced tomatoes, and fill up pot the with veggie broth until it's about 1/4 inch below the surface of the food. You really can't go wrong though!
After it cooks on high for three hours, you're done! Divvy up in small lunch-sized servings and bam - you have lunch for the week.
I finished a little bit of cheese and hot sauce to kick it up a notch. It's perfectly delicious (and healthier) without the cheese (vegan)!
For those who like to follow recipes for security - check out these great plant-based crock pot meals!