(Slow) cook your way to health

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    Winter has arrived and brought with it the not-so healthy desire for comfort food. Satisfy your craving for soothing, flavorful dishes with a round of filling, healthy and inexpensive slow-cooked stews.

    Not only do the hours of simmering inside of a Crock-Pot, or similar device, bring out the richest flavors in whatever meat you choose, it’s also an über-easy way to get your daily requirement of veggies and cut down on unwanted calories and fat.

    Here are a few of our favorite slow-cooker recipes from around the Web:

     

    Irish Lamb Stew, from Shine via Eating Well.

    One pot makes eight (supposedly generous) servings, each with only 266 calories and 7 grams of fat.

    Photo courtesy of Eating Well Magazine via Shine.


     

     

     

     

    Chicken Stew with Potato Dumplings, from Parents.com.

    It makes eight servings and leaves lots of room to experiment with different seasonings. The dietary stats aren’t given, but the ingredients list is full of diet-friendly foods like sweet potatoes and lean chicken.

    The only potential threat is the required cornstarch, which can be substituted for a much healthier serving of kudzu roots.

    Photo courtesy of Parents.com.

     

     

     

     

    Seafood Soup with Kale and Potatoes, from Whole Foods Market.

    So this one is not officially "slow-cooked," but it is really easy and can be simmered on a slow-cooker all day.

    The good news is that it’s loaded with Omega-3s (great for your skin, hair, and to lessen the risk of certain cancers).

    The bad news? It packs about 600 calories and 40g fat (mostly the unsaturated, good kind, but still) per serving.

    For a slightly less fatty take on seafood stew, try this Creole Fish Stew, also from Whole Foods Market.


    Photo courtesy of Whole Foods Market.

     

    – Whitney Teal

     

    Do you have a favorite winter stew? Tell us about it!

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