Why my Crock Pot is my best friend.
Okay, so the title of this post is a little silly, but I've been having a lot of conversations with clients lately about time. Time is precious, and we don't have much of it anymore. Between work, training, managing family life, and trying to have a little fun we're all in a crunch.
I get it, I'm there! I've never been much of a cook, while I CAN cook, I, like many of you, have trouble finding the time to actually spent a lot of time putting meals together. I often tell people I don't cook, I make food. Think microwaving egg whites and frozen vegetables kind of "make food". Boring, and bland, but it works for me.
At this stage in my life (pregnant with limited energy) and running an affiliate, I'm often not home until 8:30 or 9 at night at which point... I'm just not about to whip up a fancy meal. The microwaved egg whites were becoming a bit of a turn off, so I decided I needed to get creative. While I am extremely fortunate to work from home when not at the gym, in order for me to make dinner for the evening it needs to be ready by 2:30 in the afternoon. For those of you that have been pregnant know this is prime nap time, a necessity when you're up at 5:30am most days and on your feet 4-8hrs a day.
I could go on forever about time crunch I'm sure, but the point is - I'm busy, and am balancing multiple commitments just like you.
Cue the crock pot. The BEST thing about the Crock Pot, is that you can cook in BULK and have protein and meals ready for days at a time, and you don't have to stand over a hot stove for hours on end.
I make two very simple Crock Pot meals, and rotate through them. I know, boring and bland, but it works for me.
First one is Salsa Chicken. This could not be easier. Take boneless skinless chicken breast, put as much as you want in the crock pot, and then dump a can of salsa on it. I generally use medium salsa and try to select one that doesn't have a ton of sugar to keep carbs down, but that's IT. Don't forget to weigh and measure the chicken and salsa before you put it in, but 5-6hrs on low is all it takes.
Second one is a very basic pork tenderloin. These were recently on sale at my local grocery store, and while I am generally not a pork person, I was surprised by how good this was, so this recipe has found itself in the crock pot rotation too. http://www.whiskingmama.com/the-best-crock-pot-pork-tenderloin/
The marinade on the pork is pretty macro-friendly, and if you don't have the carbs to spare you could sub a sugar free maple syrup for the real stuff.
The best part is, while these recipes are VERY simple, you can put it on with minimal effort, and walk away. Time back in your day and a delicious macro-friendly meal ready to go when you come home. Left overs are great too!
Do you have any crock pot recipes you love?