Our Hero: The Good Ole’ Crock Pot
At Avenger Fitness, we regularly hear clients lament regarding the time-consuming nature of healthy cooking and food prep. In fact, I’ve personally been asked (many times more than once, I might add) if “I live in the kitchen…”
Crock Pot to the rescue...I cannot think of an easier and more trouble-free way of food cooking that makes it almost impossible to mess up a meal…particularly with cooking proteins which tend to take the longest time when meal prepping!
In the summer months when we are less apt to crank up the oven or even walk outside in the blazing heat to the BBQ grill, the crock pot allows for the cooking of proteins in a slow, lower-temperature environment that can tenderize even the toughest cuts of meat. And think “big batch cooking” when it comes to the slow cooker. Before headed to bed in the evening or before leaving for the office, simply drop in a protein of choice, add some seasoning, and select the “low” setting on the cooker. In 8 or so hours, you’ll have amazing tasting chicken, pork, or beef!
Here are some simple Crock Pot protein cooking ideas:
*Purchase an economy-sized pack of either organic boneless chicken breasts from Costco or pork tenderloin (roughly 2-3 lbs worth). Toss all the chicken or pork into the Crock Pot with 2 cups of Organic chicken broth, salt, pepper, and some herbs. Feel free to add some cut up citrus for enhanced flavor — a few orange or lemon slices. Fire her up on “low” and cook for around 6-8 hours. Before pulling out the protein, take a pair of cooking tongs and a large fork. Pull/shred the chicken or pork and stir with all the juices and broth. Let this cook another hour in the pulled form. Cool safely, portion accordingly in Tupperware and store in the refrigerator. According to ServeSafe and Maricopa County Environmental Services Department, cooked/prepared food is safe to consume for 6 days plus the day it was prepared so mark the Tupperware container(s) according with the “use by” date.
*Follow the same recipe as above with beef cubes or beef tenderloin. Substitute organic beef broth for the chicken stock. Season with salt, pepper, and your herbs of choice.
*When serving the chicken or pork, try a splash of good-quality balsamic vinegar or cane-sugar-based BBQ sauce for a spectacular flavor boost! Just don’t forget the count the added Macros!