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Low-carb slow cooker recipes

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Succulent & slow cooked

Want a warm, succulent dish of comfort food? Put your slow cooker to use. A slow cooker can be a busy low-carber's best cooking tool - you just add your ingredients and turn it on, letting low heat create a melt-in-your-mouth meal. Here are some low-carb slow cooker recipes that can get you through the cold weather months.



Beef Bolognese crock pot recipe

Serves 4 to 6

Serve this hearty, meaty sauce over low-carb pasta of your choice. Browning a few of the ingredients beforehand adds a rich depth of flavor. For even more flavor, stir in Parmesan cheese before serving.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 ounces prosciutto, chopped
1 pound lean ground beef
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
2 cups beef broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoons dried Italian seasoning


Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook onions and prosciutto, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Add beef and mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until beef is browned. Add beef mixture and remaining ingredients to a slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours. 


Curry Turkey Apple Stew crock pot recipe

Serves 4 to 6

Lean and lavish, slow cooked turkey breast spiced with curry makes for a satisfying stew. You can substitute all or part of the turkey breast with dark turkey meat of your choice for a tasty change.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1-1/4 pounds turkey breast cutlets, cut into strips
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 large onion, cut into wedges
2 cups chicken broth
2 stalks celery, sliced
3 carrots, halved, sliced
1 tablespoons curry powder
2 apples, cored, diced
2 tablespoons thyme leaves

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and brown turkey, seasoning with salt and pepper while you cook. Transfer to slow cooker with a slotted spoon or spatula. In the same skillet, cook onion, stirring often, until golden. Transfer to slow cooker along with remaining ingredients. Cook on HIGH for 4 to 6 hours or on low 6 to 8 hours.


Slow Cooker Ratatouille recipe

Serves 6

These Mediterranean-style slow cooked veggies are infused with lemon, oregano and basil.

1 cup vegetable broth
1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (1-pound) eggplant, trimmed, peeled, cut into cubes
2 zucchini, ends trimmed, halved, thinly sliced
1 crookneck yellow squash, halved, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, cored, thinly sliced
Juice and zest of a large lemon
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup thinly sliced basil
Extra virgin olive oil
6 tablespoons or more crumbled feta cheese

Combine broth, tomatoes, onion, garlic, eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, bell pepper, lemon juice and zest, salt and pepper, and oregano, stirring to combine. Cook on HIGH for 4 to 6 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours. Serve garnished with basil, a drizzle of olive oil, and feta.


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