Continuing with our crockpot recipes, we have a couple of good additions for you all this week. Both can be tweaked to fit your own preferences, and both are healthy and delicious!
First, we have a recipe shared with us by our Instructor of the Month for September, and Body Back expert, Caroline! She nicknamed this recipe “Carrienara”. It’s a basic healthy marinara recipe that you can put over almost anything! You can also add whatever you like to make it yours. Mushrooms, chopped zucchini, green pepper, anything your family likes. Recently, I used it in a turkey whole wheat pasta bake, and it was delicious and tasted so fresh! Plus, it made my kitchen smell amazing! You can double, or even triple the recipe, and freeze the extra sauce into smaller portions to use anytime you’re craving some Italian food. It’s also Body Back approved, as long as you pair it with food on the plan.
-1 tsp olive oil
-2 cloves garlic, smashed
- 28 oz can crushed tomatoes (Carrie suggests using SanMarzano)
-1 small bay leaf
-1 tsp oregano
-2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
-salt and fresh pepper to taste
-1 or 2 chopped onions, depending on how much you are making
-A couple of shakes of Italian Seasoning
Directions: Sauté garlic and oil in a pan being careful not to burn. Add garlic and the rest of the ingredients to the crockpot. Mix well, and cook on low for 4 hours.
The next recipe is a healthy take on a classic kid favorite, Sloppy Joes! This recipe was recommended to us by another one of our instructors, Katie Ladow! When we tried it last week, the recipe came out perfect, and my kids gobbled it down. Put it on a whole wheat bun, or top a baked sweet potato with it for a healthy and delicious dinner!
Turkey Sloppy Joes
-1 lb Italian turkey sausage, removed from casing (I used regular ground turkey since my kids aren’t sausage fans)
-1/2 cup chopped onions
-3 cloves garlic, minced
-1 red bell pepper, chopped in 1/2-inch pieces
-1 green bell pepper, chopped in 1/2-inch pieces
-1 1/3 cups crushed tomatoes
-1/2 tsp dried rosemary
-salt & pepper to taste
Directions: Brown the turkey in a skillet with the onions and garlic, and drain well. Place meat mixture and the rest of the ingredients in the crockpot, give it a quick stir and cook on low for 4 hours.