How to Make Italian Crockpot Chicken and Vegetables

 

 

How to Make Italian Crockpot Chicken and Vegetables

 

This scrumptious dish was something I put together one afternoon when I was home between meetings and realized I had not made a plan for dinner that evening.

Scrambling around and looking at what I had in the freezer and fridge, I decided to throw some vegetables into the crockpot, season them, top with chicken, and leave it to cook as I headed back out the door.

Thankfully, it turned out quite well and was a delicious meal, which I dished up with some quick brown rice after returning home for the evening. It is so easy to put together, I wanted to share it with you for your family!

So, let’s get started (and feel free to use whatever mix of vegetables you might have on hand to replace any of the ones in this particular recipe).

First I started with green beans (frozen whole green beans, because I didn’t have any fresh ones in the fridge) and tossed those in the crockpot.

Green beans in crockpot

 

Next up, I sliced some sweet peppers (using up some yellow ones I had in the fridge) and added those.

Yellow peppers with green beans in crockpot

 



Baby carrots, diced onion, and sliced mushrooms provided the next layer of goodness. I tossed those into the crockpot as well, sprinkling some Italian seasoning over all.

Mushrooms, carrots, and seasonings in crockpot

 

Last but not least, I placed into the crockpot the chicken tenders (seasoned with salt, pepper and a little fajita seasoning – because I like the garlic / onion base flavor in it) and poured some chicken broth over all of it.

Seasoned chicken tenders in crockpot




Since it was already past noon when I started this dish, I cooked it on high for 4 hours (plus a little longer by the time we were ready to eat); but if you put it on in the morning, just set it to low heat for 8 hours and it will still be fabulous.

I cooked up some quick brown rice at the end for serving with the chicken and vegetables for a complete, well-rounded meal.

Italian Crockpot Chicken and Vegetables on blue plate

 

The seasonings along with the blend of vegetables and tender chicken made for a scrumptious dinner. What vegetables would you have used in this dish? Would you prefer different seasonings, too? Leave us a comment below with your ideas to share. We love hearing from you!

 

Thanks for stopping by, and remember you can save all your favorite recipes to share with family and friends, right here at Dish Dish in your own online cookbook and digital recipe box.

 

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Favorite Easy Church Potluck Dishes and Recipes

Favorite Easy Church Potluck Recipes

Growing up in the south, church potlucks were a part of our regular routine. It didn’t even have to be a holiday or special occasion (which, of course, pretty much required a good potluck dinner or “dinner on the grounds”).

Potluck dinners were so much fun – lots of time to visit, catch up and share with people, getting to know each other better and enjoying community. Sometimes there would be games and music, too. And, of course, there was always plenty of desserts!

In case you haven’t been to a potluck dinner before (or haven’t taken a dish to one) and aren’t sure where to start, these favorite (mostly easy) dishes and recipes are the perfect place to start.

And at the end, we share a few hacks for easily transporting food for your potluck dinner.

 

Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad is a tremendous dish (plan to make-ahead the night before or earlier in the day since it needs to chill for 3 hours before serving) for a potluck.
It’s colorful and full of a wide variety of flavor with crumbled bacon, pecans, and a creamy red-wine dressing.

 


Mexican Rice by Practical Stewardship

 

Use the crockpot to dish up this delicious Mexican (or Spanish) Rice for a crowd (image by Practical Stewardship).
With only a few ingredients — some onion, peppers and tomatoes with broth, seasoning, and rice — you have an easy filling side dish.

 

Baked Spaghetti in a Bowl

 

Baked Spaghetti is a wonderful dish for a potluck; this version is layered with cheesy goodness for a taste similar to lasagna (with a lot less work).
(Photo by Dana Tentis from Pexels)

 

Ham sandwiches or biscuits

 

For these Mini Baked Ham Sandwiches — use Hawaiian rolls or packaged dinner rolls, cut open, seasoned with mustard
and Worcestershire sauce, layered with ham and Swiss cheese, baked to perfection. So yummy!

 

Besides being beautifully colorful, this Mexican Layered Salad is also
easy to put together and easy to transport, as well as perfect for a crowd.

 

chocolate sheet cake, texas sheet cake

For dessert, a Chocolate Sheet Cake baked in a jelly-roll pan (feeds a decent crowd)
and is topped while still warm with drizzly chocolate icing. It’s always a hit!

 



 

Quick Tips and Hacks for Transporting Dishes to and From a Potluck Dinner:

1. Place your crockpot into a laundry basket lined with towels to easily transport without making a mess.

2. When transporting dishes in foil pans, place same size foil pan on top of the one carrying your food, and clip them together with binder clips to secure.

3. Bring a frozen ice pack (or two) wrapped in towels and tuck them under your dish to keep it cold.

4. Use an insulated carrier, cooler or crockpot to keep food warm (or use heated bricks or ceramic tiles wrapped in towels)

 

Do you have fond memories of potluck dinners? What are your favorite potluck dishes (to eat or bring)? We look forward to hearing from you in the comments below.

And if your church or community group would like to collect recipes to share online, we’d love to help with your digital cookbook project so you can share recipes any time, any place.

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Easy Winter Recipes

Easy Winter Recipes

 

There’s something so comforting about a home-cooked meal especially in the winter – you know, those days when you just want to bundle up, stay indoors (or come in after being outdoors) and warm up with comfort food in front of a cozy fireplace?

Sometimes if the winter drags on, though, it can be difficult to find the inspiration to get another meal on the table for everyone.

So we are jumping in with some of our favorite easy winter recipe ideas for your dinner table this week.

Winter Soup

This hearty soup is an easy crockpot or slow cooker meal with fresh vegetables and ground beef or turkey.

Bowl of Soup - Unsplash

1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
1 large onion, chopped
2 cups beef broth
14 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
1-1/2 cups water
1/2 cup each of diced carrots, diced celery, and frozen green beans
1 cup diced potatoes
1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon each dried basil, dried thyme
salt and pepper to taste

Cook beef (or turkey) with onion in a skillet over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add all ingredients with cooked ground meat into crock pot or slow cooker, and cook on High for 4 hours or Low for 8 hours until cooked through.

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Stew

I love the creamy texture of this dish; if you don’t want to cube the chicken before cooking (I don’t like to do that part), then just let it cook and pull it out before serving so you can chop it up a bit before putting back in the stew. Toss all the ingredients in the slow cooker for the day and serve over split biscuits for a hearty, comforting meal at the end of the day.

2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cubed (or pull apart after cooking)
5 medium red potatoes, quartered or diced
8 oz. baby carrots, sliced or diced if desired
1 cup chopped celery
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
3 cubes chicken bouillon
1/2 teaspoon each garlic salt, celery salt
pepper to taste
8 oz. frozen mixed vegetables

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker, and cook on High for 5-6 hours. Serve over freshly baked biscuits for that pot pie flavor.

 



 

Beef Stroganoff Caserole

I like that this dish incorporates the flavors of beef stroganoff without requiring the long cook time generally needed to tenderize cuts of beef for a traditional stroganoff dish. This tasty casserole is made with ground beef, noodles and mushrooms in a creamy beef sauce and some mozzarella cheese thrown in for a cheesy twist.

Beef Stroganoff Casserole - Flickr

1 pound wide egg noodles
1 cup chopped onion and 1 clove garlic (minced)
1/2 tsp. dry thyme
8 oz. button mushrooms, sliced
1 pound lean ground beef
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 cup beef broth
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
8 oz. sour cream
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F; spray baking dish with cooking spray. Cook noodles according to package directions. In a skillet over medium heat, cook oil, onions, garlic and thyme for about 2 minutes; add mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes, then add beef and cook until it is no longer pink. Season with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.

Add broth and Worcestershire sauce and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in sour cream, noodles, and half of mozzarella. Pour into prepared baking dish and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes; remove foil and bake 10 minutes more until lightly browned.

 

What comforting food dishes do you and your family enjoy especially in the winter time? Do you have some terrific ideas or tips to share? We love hearing your feedback and thoughts in the comments below. Leave us a note!

Other recipes you might enjoy:

40 Best Winter Recipes

 10 Fabulous Soups You Will Fall in Love With

Our Favorite Fall Recipes

5 Easy Dinner Ideas for Your Busy Day

 

 

11 Healthy Lifestyle Tips (plus Recipes) for the New Year

 

 

11 Healthy Lifestyle Tips for the New Year | Dish Dish Recipe App

Making healthy choices for myself and my family can sometimes seem arduous or overwhelming (where to start and how to stay consistent).

However, I find it’s easier to move towards a healthy lifestyle by breaking it down into small steps I can take (whether personally or for my whole family), so the steps are manageable and things I will be able to maintain long-term (instead of jumping on each bandwagon of extreme dieting and lifestyle changes).

How about you? If you too are looking for small changes in the right direction for a healthier you and happier family, these tips will definitely help you (and me) get started!

1. Drink Some Water

Drink 2 more glasses of water each day than you are drinking now (if you aren’t drinking enough water) – try to add one to your morning routine and one to your afternoon or evening, at the least. Since I am not a fan of plain water, I often drink mine with a little lemon or orange essential oil or a slice of lemon, lime, or orange to add a little pizzazz. You can even make up a whole pitcher of water with fruit slices or berries and keep it on hand for yourself and the kids to enjoy throughout the day.

2. Be Grateful

Start your day by listing 3 things (or more) for which you are grateful. There is just something about starting the day with a positive, uplifting perspective and attitude, which can easily be jump-started by pausing to think about the good things in our life at the moment (all of us have at least 3, right?).



3. Get Moving

Walk for 10 minutes. When we’re not in the habit of exercising and starting a whole new program seems daunting, starting with 10 minutes a day can seem manageable (especially since you already have to walk around each day). If the weather is great, it’s wonderful to step outdoors for a brief walk; and if not, set a timer and walk indoors (up and down the stairs, around the house, around the shopping center or office, etc.).

woman walking in grass

4. Laugh a Little

Choose to laugh and smile. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the responsibilities of the day and not even allow ourselves to laugh or smile at the funny moments or interesting situations around us. Look for an opportunity to do so – and I promise you’ll feel better!

5. Cook at Home

Eat at least one more home-cooked meal for dinner each week. Eating in is healthier for us, and cooking and eating together as a family (or with friends) is good for our relationships and souls. If you don’t like to cook usually – start with one simple meal (something like spaghetti or tacos or pizza with a store-bought crust). If you’re ambitious, you could download our Quick and Easy Meal Plan that gives you 6 dinner recipes for each week along with a snack and dessert, complete with the grocery list needed for that week as well.

Skillet Lasagna Recipe – dish up a quick, easy dinner this week (serves 4).

1-1/3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 pound ground beef
1 clove garlic, minced
16 ounces marinara sauce
1-1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
8 ounces bow tie pasta
1/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup grated mozzarella
chopped fresh basil, garnish, if desired

Heat olive oil in a skillet. Cook ground beef with garlic until beef is cooked through; drain off the grease. Stir in marinara sauce, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Turn heat down to low and simmer for 15 minutes; meanwhile, cook bow tie pasta in saucepan of salted water until cooked al dente (about 7 or 8 minutes). Stir sour cream into beef and sauce, then throw mozzarella and cooked pasta into sauce, stirring well. If desired, garnish with chopped fresh basil.

6. More Vegetables?

Add a couple of vegetable servings to your day. Pick a couple of vegetables you like the most, and add one of those to your lunch or dinner plate. Start small, and add on later.

 

Green Beans, Grape Tomatoes and Feta - Flickr

Fresh Green Beans with Grape Tomatoes and Feta Recipe
Toss 1 pound of fresh green beans (cleaned and snapped) with a little bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. Place on foil-lined baking sheet in 450 degree F oven for 15-20 minutes. During last 10 minutes of roasting, add 1 pint of grape tomatoes to pan with green beans. When beans have reached desired tenderness, toss beans and tomatoes with 1 cup of feta cheese (marinated, if desired) and serve.

7. Use a Smaller Plate

Reduce the plate size for meals. If you’re struggling with overeating at meals, start with a smaller plate and stick with one helping. It’s the little things that make a difference over time. This way you can still enjoy your favorite foods, but eating a little less of them will help you feel better.




 

8. Make Time for Friends

Enjoy some time with friends. It doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Plan once or twice a month to enjoy dinner together or meet up for a hike or game night. Laughing together, catching up on how things are going for everyone, and encouraging each other through the ups and downs of life – it’s worth it!

Friends Sitting on Grass in Park - Unsplash Ben Duchac

9. Meet a Neighbor

It seems like so many of us live in a neighborhood where everyone comes home from work, closes the garage door, and doesn’t set foot outside again until they leave for work in the morning. Be a good neighbor and meet a new neighbor or two on your block. Take over a treat or a plant (it doesn’t have to be anything expensive), introduce yourself, and get to know them. You may find a new best friend (or at least have someone you can call if you need to borrow some flour or sugar).

10. Do Something you Love

Do you have a hobby or activity that you really enjoy, but always gets lost in the shuffle because responsibilities take priority? Choose to intentionally allow yourself time to enjoy that activity a little bit each day or at least once a week (depending on the activity and time required). It’s great to have something to feed our soul like that, experiencing the joy of doing something we love, and it provides an outlet for relieving stress, being creative, and giving our brains a break from “work”.

11. Learn Something New

It’s important for our well-being that we keep learning new things. It can be something small – peel and mince garlic, cook a spaghetti squash, etc. Or something bigger – learning to swim or speak a new language or an entirely new career. But starting small is fine – pick one thing new to learn each week or each month and enjoy a whole new world!

Do you have other ideas or suggestions for healthy lifestyle? We would love to hear your thoughts, too, in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by!

 

Favorite Holiday Recipes for the Family

Favorite Holiday Recipes for the Family | Dish Dish Recipe Box

 

With the holidays upon us and everyone in a tither — shopping, wrapping up work for the year, traveling, making time with family and friends, planning for visits — it can be hard to know whether you’re coming or going half the time. (above background Photo by Dayne Topkin on Unsplash)

Take a deep breath and enjoy some of these favorite holiday meals with your loved ones, for Hanukkah, Christmas, the New Year, and more … whether you love planning a complex meal or are simply looking for ideas to stay in the groove of family meals around the table amidst all the hustle and bustle (or need something easy to take on the road with you), we have some great recipe ideas just for you!

Pretty Presentation Recipes

Chicken and Sausage Spiedini
This is an amazing colorful grilled dish of skewered chicken and sausage served on a platter with roasted peppers, onions, and skillet-fried potatoes drizzled with homemade Sicilian Herb Vinaigrette. If you have a little extra time and want to create a wonderful presentation dinner that’s also full of intense flavor, this is the dish for your family (recruit some help with the chopping, dicing, mixing – and make it a family night event).

Roasted Salmon and Green Beans
Colorful platter presentation with a layer of green beans and basil with shallots topped with roasted salmon and a sprinkle of basil leaves for garnish. It’s a very simple dish to make, but also beautiful to present for guests or as the centerpiece of your family dinner night.

 




Quick, Easy Meals

Creamy Ham and Corn Chowder Pasta

Creamy, Ham and Corn Chowder Pasta
Here is a super easy dish with sauteed diced ham, frozen green beans and corn, pasta and seasonings in a creamy sauce. It’s amazingly quick to put together, and serves up a hearty meal the whole family will enjoy!

Easy Chicken Pot Pie
If you are longing for some comfort food — like an old-fashioned chicken pot pie — this one is a quick simple substitute using frozen mixed vegetables, canned soup, and chopped chicken topped with Bisquick batter or canned biscuits. Great use for leftover cooked chicken or chopped deli chicken.

 

Easy Travel or Potluck Recipes

 

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya Rice
Sauteed veggies, chicken and sausage, are baked in the oven with rice and seasonings for a one-pot meal that’s easy for taking along to a potluck or large family gathering.

BBQ Baked Beans and Sausage
Sliced sausage links with simple canned beans and fresh BBQ seasonings along with collard greens provides a healthy, delicious, easy take-along meal.

Crockpot Spicy Green Chile Pulled Pork
Pork shoulder roast cooks all day in the crockpot with green chilies and seasonings; just pull apart and serve as tacos, sandwiches, or with veggies and rice for a full meal.

 

Does your family have holiday meal traditions? Are you looking for dinner or meal recipe ideas for particular circumstances? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below – ideas, suggestions, questions — all are welcome.

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Crockpot Chicken Chili Recipe

 

 

Crockpot Chicken Chili Recipe in bowl

 

Crockpot Chicken Chili – it’s the perfect blend of easy and delicious with simple ingredients. I love that I can throw the chicken in there still frozen (if it’s early in the day) or thawed (if I remembered to take it out of the freezer earlier or used the microwave to defrost) and still have a wonderful home-cooked meal in time for dinner for the whole gang.

Using the crockpot or slow-cooker means I have a lot less clean-up for the meal than otherwise, and this soup goes great with some tortilla chips (so there’s no bread to bake to go with it, either). In our house full of boys – there is almost always some kind of bread to go with dinner, especially if we’re having soup.

But I digress. Grab your crockpot, some fresh or frozen chicken cutlets, and let’s get started!

Chop some onion, green bell pepper and garlic, and toss it in the bottom of your crockpot.

Crockpot Chicken Chili Recipe

Layer the chicken pieces over the top of the vegetables, and season the chicken pieces with cumin, chili powder, fajita seasoning, salt and pepper (as much or as little as you prefer).

Crockpot Chicken Chili Recipe



Over all of this, pour one can each of black beans, pinto beans, diced tomatoes, Mexican corn or plain corn, and tomato sauce.

Crockpot Chicken Chili Recipe ingredients

Gently pour one to two cups of chicken broth or stock over all (I used one cup when cooking for 4 hours – if you’re leaving it for 8 hours or more, I’d use 2 cups so that it keeps enough liquid).

If chicken is frozen, set crockpot on low heat for 8 hours; if you’re using thawed chicken pieces, cook on High for 4 hours (or low for 8 hours if you need to leave it all day).

When you’re about ready to serve, pull out the chicken pieces and chop or shred them before placing back in crockpot.

Serve in large bowls and garnish with sour cream, shredded cheese, tortilla chips, jalapenos, green onions, or any other topping your family enjoys.

Crockpot Chicken Chili Recipe on table

 

This chili was so delicious, and the whole family enjoyed. I love that there’s very little chopping or prep, as well as clean up. And it’s great for a large group!

(See entire printable, shareable Crockpot Chicken Chili recipe here).

What else do you like to include in chicken chili? What is your family’s favorite garnish for a dish like this?

Please take a moment and leave us a comment below – we love hearing what you think!

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Our Favorite Fall Recipes {Soups, Crockpot, Pumpkin, Oh My}

Favorite Fall Recipes | DishDish Recipe Box

 

When the first day of fall finally come around and the temperatures actually start to cool down around here (in Texas), it’s exciting to start putting together menus for the coming weeks that contain more cold-weather options, fall vegetables, and flavors like pumpkin, apple and gingerbread.

So we thought we’d share a few of our favorite fall recipes with you and your family!

I have to admit that I generally prefer my pumpkin in dishes that are sweet, but there are several soups with pumpkin that are fabulous, too, such as this Pumpkin and Tomato Soup Recipe. It starts with freshly chopped pumpkin cubes, tomato paste, and broth with ginger and basil for seasoning; just puree until smooth after cooking the pumpkin ’til tender, and voila – a nice creamy soup for your fall evening emerges.

 

pumpkin and tomato soup, soup recipes | DishDish

 

Here’s another wild soup recipe for your group to try. This one has instructions for making your own tomatillo salsa for adding to the chili, or you could simplify things and use store-bought salsa for a quicker version of this Chili Verde with Sausage and Pumpkin (or use butternut squash, if you prefer). Sausage, hominy, and diced squash combine with spicy seasonings for a hearty fall soup dish that is ready in about 45 minutes (if using store-bought salsa).

 



 

If you love the taste of pumpkin, but are looking for a sweet dessert that’s a little healthier, try out this recipe for tempting Healthy Pumpkin Whoopie Pies shared by our friends over at Groovy Beets.

 

Healthy Pumpkin Whoopie Pie Recipe | Healthy Recipes | DishDish

 

And now if you’re saying “Enough pumpkin, already!” — then check out this easy crockpot soupTurkey Sausage Soup with Fresh Vegetables. It’s loaded with turkey sausage, carrots, zucchini, green beans, peppers, onion, and seasonings for a hearty stew-like soup. Yummy! (Photo by Elli O. on Unsplash)

 

Vegetable Soup | Soup Recipes | Dish Dish

 

Lastly for today, here’s an easy Apple Dumplings dessert recipe using store-bought pie crust (in case you don’t want to take the time to make your own) wrapped around apple halves with cinnamon and sugar and baked; topping it off is a deliciously sweet caramel drizzle (homemade while the apples bake).

 

What are your favorite flavors, seasonings, foods, and recipes for fall? Leave us a comment below and share your stories or suggestions. Thanks for stopping by!

 

Easy Breakfast Recipes Especially for Kids in the Kitchen

 

Healthy Overnight Oats Breakfast Make-Ahead Recipes

On especially busy days, whether you have kids at home or not, it can be surprisingly difficult to make time for a healthy breakfast to start off the day. (above Photo by Irina Grigoraş on Unsplash)

When you’re also trying to get kids out the door for school or activities, it can feel nigh on impossible at times.

But don’t give up on that healthy breakfast idea just yet! These easy breakfast recipes are so simple even the kids can help make them, and you can pull these dishes out of the fridge for a quick, healthy breakfast in no time.

 




 

Make-ahead overnight oats recipes are a great way to serve up a healthy breakfast with very little effort. Start the night before (let the kids help) and pick out the ingredients each person wants to add to their oats, layer it all in a glass jar or dish and set in the fridge, all ready for you to eat in the morning.

Oats are such a healthy way to start the day – gluten-free and packed with antioxidants, healthy fiber, protein and vitamins and minerals. They’re great for helping reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels, as well as encouraging good bacteria in the digestive tract.

Check out these 10 fruit-filled overnight oats recipes put together in this fun infographic by Personal Creations.

 

Overnight Oats Recipes - Make-ahead Breakfast Ideas - Infographic

 

Whichever mix-ins you choose, be sure to use whole rolled oats for the dish and not quick or minute oats, as they’ll get pretty soggy in a dish like this.




Leave us a comment and let us know which ones you’ve tried and which mix-ins are your favorites.

Diabetic Recipes and Tips for Creating Healthy Balanced Meals

Diabetic Friendly Recipes and Tips for Healthy Balanced Meals

Are you pre-diabetic, diabetic, or know someone who is struggling with Type 2 diabetes? Wondering what type of food you should or could eat and how to best manage or improve your condition?

For those who are pre-diabetic or know they have a diabetic family history and are looking for ways to make changes that are manageable, sustainable, and will help them create a healthy lifestyle to prevent or overcome diabetic health issues (such as high blood pressure or diabetic retinopathy), we wanted to share some recipes and suggestions for building daily balanced meals.

There can be so much information that’s overwhelming, so we’ll try to keep this simple and make things easy.

The American Diabetes Association (see their Create Your Plate guide) suggests creating a plate guide where half the plate is made up of vegetables (ones that are not starchy) – such as spinach, zucchini, broccoli, asparagus, celery, cauliflower, green beans, lettuce, mushrooms, and kale.

Create your Plate - American Diabetic Association

Next divide the other half of the plate in half again, and in one section put protein (fish, chicken, eggs, turkey, tuna, cheese, tofu, etc). And in the last small section place a helping of some grains or starchy foods — such as rice, potatoes, pasta, peas, beans, corn, quinoa, or tortillas.

In addition to this, one small serving of fruit or dairy is suggested to round out the meal, along with a low-calorie beverage like iced tea, coffee, or water. Healthy fats can also be added in small amounts (i.e. avocado, nuts, or seeds added to a salad).

If you are wanting to track carbs and calories for your chosen foods with each meal, check out the Carb Counting and Meal Planning booklet from Novo Nordisk.

Lisa Statzer of Prediabetic Support has a fabulous program that helps individuals who are pre-diabetic make the needed changes to their diet and lifestyle to avoid the many health issues of the full-blown diabetic condition. She is so encouraging, helpful, and knowledgeable on the topic, and you can download her free Eat This, Not That guide on her website.

Eat This Not That - Prediabetic Support

We have lots of diabetic friendly recipes right here on Dish Dish – which you can save to your own free recipe box account and use to create your grocery list each week – saving you time and sanity when planning meals.

Here are a few diabetic friendly breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner, and even dessert recipes. Please be sure to comment below with which ones you’ve tried and let us know if you have other ideas and suggestions.

Arugula and Feta Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette Recipe

A simple salad made with arugula leaves, fresh strawberries and crumbled feta cheese; topped with a homemade strawberry vinaigrette (or use your favorite one from the store).

arugula and feta salad with strawberry vinaigrette recipe

 

Vegetable Frittata Recipe

Sauteed onion and garlic are mixed with chopped broccoli, bell peppers, and seasonings with beaten eggs. Pour into a dish and bake for about 30 minutes for a nice, healthy brunch, lunch or dinner. Serve with some salsa and avocado for even more flavor.

vegetable frittata, vegetarian recipe, breakfast

 

Skinny Turkey and Vegetable Soup Recipe

Dish up this delicious soup with diced turkey, a little bit of whole wheat orzo (optional), carrots, onion, celery, sweet pepper, peas, broth and lots of seasoning. Though it will take a few minutes to do the prep (chopping and dicing ingredients), cooking time is only about 30 minutes, making it a relatively quick meal to get on the table.

And it’s freezer friendly – so make a large batch and freeze the extra for pulling out on a day when cooking sounds too onerous or time-consuming.

Skinny Turkey and Vegetable Soup Recipe

 

Tart Individual Blueberry Crisp Recipe

Fresh blueberries baked for about 20 minutes with a crumbled oat topping for a quick and easy dessert that’s already in small portions so you won’t be tempted to over-indulge. Enjoy!

Tart Blueberry Crisp Recipe

 

Herb Dip Recipe

This yogurt-based dip with green onions, mint, red chili, and a dash of lemon is a refreshing dip with your favorite veggies – celery, cucumber, broccoli, grape tomatoes or asparagus. It also makes a nice “sauce” with your favorite grilled meat.

greek yogurt dip, appetizer recipe

Additional resources:

Mayo Clinic Diabetic Recipes
Low Carb Maven
Ten Diabetic Diet, Recipe and Lifestyle Ideas Worth Sharing

 

11 Crock Pot Recipes You Need for Easy Summer Dinners

 

11 Crockpot Recipes for Easy Summer Dinners

It’s always nice to have some easy dinner recipes on hand for those days when you end up with less time at the end of the day and don’t want to spend the majority of it getting dinner on the table (and cleaning up afterwards).

Especially in the summer time — the kids are out of school, we’re trying to enjoy some slow summer days with fun activities together with friends or family — and we don’t want to stress about how everyone will get fed at dinner.

Additionally, who wants to heat up the kitchen (especially here in Texas) when it’s already difficult to keep the house cool enough to be comfortable?

Those long, refreshing summer days are perfect for planning ahead just a little and throwing ingredients in the crock pot for an easy dinner any day of the week. These recipes are also great ideas for taking to a potluck or your family reunion or to throw together at the lake for the day.

1. Crockpot Roast

 

Crock Pot Roast with Sweet Onions by Paleo Table

A keto and paleo friendly recipe, dish up a savory roast with celery, onion and seasonings like Worcestershire sauce and garlic. (photo by PaleoTable)

 

2. Beef Stroganoff

 

Crockpot Beef Stroganoff, Crock Pot Recipes

Beef tenderloin strips cooked up with mushrooms and seasonings, with a little sour cream stirred in towards the end for a creamy delicious meal perfect for serving over brown rice or your favorite cooked pasta.

 

3. Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

 

Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls Crockpot Recipe

With all the flavor of cabbage rolls and none of the rolling-up mess, browned ground beef is cooked up with cabbage, Ro-Tel, onion, garlic, and tomato sauce for a comfort food dish full of flavor.

4. Moroccan Chicken with Chopped Almonds and Apricots

Braised chicken thighs are simmered in the crock pot with apricots, baby carrots and seasonings, topped off with almonds before serving; wonderful at the end of a long day with family and friends.

5. Crockpot Pepper Steak

Dish up this tasty meal of round steak, cut into strips, simmered with bell peppers, beef broth, onions, and seasonings; great for serving over mashed potatoes or brown rice for a yummy meal.

6. Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

The whole crew will enjoy these easy pulled chicken sandwiches; cook up the chicken breast pieces in the crockpot with buffalo wing sauce, ranch salad dressing mix, adding a little butter and cream cheese at the end for a rich delicious chicken filling for your favorite hoagie rolls.

7. Beef Tortilla Casserole

This dish turns out best if you only cook it on low for about 3 hours (not a dish you can let sit all day or it gets too soggy). But when cooked just right, it’s a fabulous blend of flavors with enchilada sauce, ground beef, onion, poblano chilies, taco seasoning, corn tortillas, black beans and corn. Top off with a dollop of sour cream, chopped tomatoes and cilantro.

8. Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast Casserole Crock Pot Recipe

Make this dish either for breakfast (set it up the night before to cook overnight) or have breakfast for dinner, if you prefer. With sliced chuck steak, turkey bacon, diced ham and potatoes, bell pepper and onion, along with the eggs and cheese, this hearty breakfast casserole has ingredients everyone will enjoy. Serve it up with a bowl of fresh fruit for a complete meal.

9. Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie Stew

Chicken breast pieces cooked up with potatoes, carrots, celery, frozen mixed vegetables and cream of chicken soup; a creamy, hearty mixture that is delicious served over your favorite buttermilk biscuits or bread.

10. Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna

Slow Cooker Lasagna crockpot recipe
Don’t let the idea of layering lasagna stress you out! With this easy crockpot version, you can enjoy lasagna for dinner without all the intensive labor.

11. Peking Pork Chops

Cook these delicious pork chops up nice and slow in the crock pot with brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic; serve over rice or Chinese noodles.

 

What are your favorite summer-time dinners or crockpot meals? Leave us a comment below and share your ideas with us!