10 minute tasty and healthy slowcooker meals

Do you want you and your family to eat real homecooked food made from scratch?  Meals that are tasty and healthy?

If you are like me, you have no energy left at 6 o’clock each night to prepare and cook such a meal.  A meal that can take 30 minutes to 1 hour before it’s on the table.

This is where the slowcooker 10 minute meals will change your life, giving you time back and helping you stress less.  At the end of a long and busy day you will have dinner ready and waiting to be served.

Rules for the 10 minute slowcooker meals

As I am on maternity leave and have two long school runs each day, my days are flat out.  I imagine it will be even more so when I go back to work this year.  I thought it would take some pressure out of my day and get my family and I eating healthy meals each night together if I made quick 10 minute slowcooker meals in the morning.

Below are the guidelines I followed in creating the recipes or finding them on the internet.

Rule 1

In order to save time, the meals must take only 10 minutes to prep. Cooking time is longer, but you can set the slowcooker that morning to be ready at dinnertime and forget about it. 

Rule 2

Prep should be really simple.  This means just chopping or opening a can and throwing all ingredients in together into the slowcooker.

Rule 3

Meals should also use whole and healthy ingredients that don’t cost a lot.  Some bottled herbs and packet foods are okay if used sparingly.

Rule 4

They should most importantly be tasty and kid-friendly.

5 slowcooker recipes

For the recipes below, just put all of the ingredients into the slowcooker, stir well, and set the slowcooker to HIGH for 4-5 hours.  If you are away from home all day at work, set on LOW for 8-9 hours.

For safety, always make sure the slowcooker is clear of anything on the kitchen bench.

All recipes provide good amounts of protein, iron and vitamins and minerals.  They keep you full and taste delicious.

These recipes make a lot of meals so are good to take for lunch the next day.

Lentil Dhal (Curry)

Onion granules (few big shakes), 1 cup red lentils, 2 large tins crushed tomatoes, half a jar of mild curry paste (or 4 Tbspn curry powder), 1/2 tsp tumeric powder, juice of 1 lemon (or a few big squeezes of bottled lemon juice), 4 big turns of the salt grinder.

Put basmati rice on to cook in your rice cooker or on the stove  when you get home or 30 minutes before dinnertime and serve the Lentil Dhal over the rice.

It’s good accompanied with lime pickle, mango chutney and pappadums.  Add more lemon and salt and also pepper at the end to taste.

Note: rinse the lentils in a colander a few times before using so that they don’t make you gassy!

Spaghetti Bolognaise

Onion granules (few big shakes), 2 large tins crushed tomatoes, 1 tin of rinsed brown lentils, 1 tin of Sanitarium Casserole “Mince” broken up, 2 cloves crushed garlic, 1 tsp vegetable stock, 6 Tbspn Italian Herbs mix, good glug extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.

Curried Lentils

You can find the recipe here.  I double the recipe and serve it with Cocobella, Nudie or CoYo natural coconut yoghurt (so good!).  This tastes like a curried risotto, it’s incredible.

 

Ingredients for Curried Lentils
Curried Lentils with coconut yoghurt

Potato Pesto Hotpot

Onion granules (few big shakes), 2 large tins crushed tomatoes, 2 each of diced large potatoes, carrots and zucchinis, 3 Tbspn vegetarian gravy mix (IGA Black & Gold brand or Woolworths Traditional type), 1 tin rinsed chickpeas or cannellini (white) beans, 2 tsp vegetable stock powder, 3 Tbspn cornflour sprinkled over.

Serve in big bowls with big dollops of basil pesto.

Teriakyi Tofu Noodles

1 large bag of frozen stir fry vegetables (with onion included), 1 packet teriakyi tofu cubed, 1 bottle teriakyi marinade, 2 cups of water, 4 Tbspn cornflour sprinkled over, 1 packet hokkien or singapore noodles (briefly soaked in a bowl of boiling water for 5 minutes then added to the slowcooker).

I hope you like the look of these tasty, healthy, quick and cheap slowcooker meals and give them a try!

I’d love to hear from you in the comments below what you think of the recipes or if you try them.

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. Surfin Muso says:

    Great stuff, i luv my slow cooker. Just a word of advice-just rinsing lentils won’t stop gas. They need to be soaked overnight-this is the same with any dried beans/legumes. Cheers and good luck.

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    1. Thank you for letting me know. You are right the lentils need soaking overnight then rinsing.

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  2. what is “Sanitarium Casserole โ€œMinceโ€ ” – Ive never heard of it!!
    If you aren’t vegetarian, Turkey mince is wonderfully cheap, tastes soooo much better than any of the others, and freezes really well. We use it in load of things, and 250g goes a loooong way :))

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    1. It’s a tinned product in the health food aisle being vego that’s our “mince”. But I imagine any type of meat mince would work well too!

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      1. Ahhhh – ok. Cool!! :)) thanks!

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  3. Hi Brooke,

    I tried your Spaghetti Bolognaise recipe tonight, after seeing it on the ALS facebook page. I did not use a slow cooker simply because I wanted to cook it for our dinner. I cooked mine in a camp oven that I use inside. I added a few extra veggies I had lying around in the fridge (mushrooms, capsicum, onion, grated carrot, some baby spinach and rocket) and placed the dry spaghetti in the mix also. It took about half and hour to cook once it was boiling. I prepared everything on the stove then once it was bubbling I placed it on top of the slow combustion to finish off with the lid on. It was delicious and I will definitely make this recipe again. We served ours with homemade sourdough bread ๐Ÿ™‚

    Keep up the good work,

    ~Tania

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    1. Hi Tania, now that’s a different but fantastic way to cook the recipe! That would taste delicious with the additions. Love the sourdough accompaniment. I’m glad you like the recipe it definitely is a nice quick one and versatile like you have found. All the best to you ๐Ÿ™‚

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