We hear it everyday from our Personal Trainers or workout buddies... "eat more protein!" But it's not always that easy to come up with original high protein recipes. If you're a cardio fanatic focused on weightloss and losing some belly fat, or a serious gymrat looking to pach on slabs of muscle this is sound advice! Meal bar replacements and protein shakes are great quick fixes but they don't take the place of a hardly, nutritional meal... enter your crockpot!
After a hard day's work who want's to come home and think of a good high protein recipe to whip up from scratch... I don't! And as much as we may like to, we don't always have time to prepare meals in advance. So pull out that big bulky crockpot your mom got you for Christmas that one year and start experimenting! Let's paint the picture. You wake up in the morning, grab your cup of coffee and maybe a quick and healthy bit to eat in the car ride to work. But what about dinner? No time to think of that in the morning? Wrong! In the time it takes you to stumble out of bed, shower and get on your way you have throw together a quick crockpot recipe that will be ready to eat when you get home! 1. Grab that crockpot and dust it off. It's gonna be your new best friend! 2. No need to thaw a bag or frozen chicken breasts.. just rinse them off and toss em in. 3. Celery, carrots and onions are an easy rough chop, and they're next to hit the pot. 4. You should already have some low sodium chicken broth in the pantry. Pour about 2-3 cups of that over the chicken and veggies. 5. Add a dash or two of salt and pepper, cover and set to low and be on your way. The chicken absorbs most of the liquid. Within 6-7 hours you'll have a hot meal waiting for you when you get home. Depending how long the slow cooker will be left stewing away, you may need to add a bit more liquid when you get back home. I like to tear up the chicken with a big fork while it's still in the pot for a "shredded chicken" mixture. You can eat right out of the bowl or put on top of brown rice or quinoa. Another thing I've experimented with is replacing the chicken broth with salsa and some tomato sauce and a can of stewed tomatoes with a pinch of chili powder. (this replaces the other veggies btw)