How Can I Stay On A Low-Glycemic Diet And Use My Crock Pot Too?

Category: Diet Plans
This is the year I decided to try a low-glycemic diet. It's working so far, but I'm starting to miss my crock pot meals, and so is my family. I'm sure they're getting tired of eating my "diet" food and would like us all to sit down together and have a nice, hot meal. My crock pot has always been one of my favorite ways of cooking, but now what?
by SusanneMyers


This is the year I decided to try a low-glycemic diet. It's working so far, but I'm starting to miss my crock pot meals, and so is my family. I'm sure they're getting tired of eating my "diet" food and would like us all to sit down together and have a nice, hot meal. My crock pot has always been one of my favorite ways of cooking, but now what?

That was my dilemma this year when I made my New Year's resolution. Okay, I'm on my diet, but do I have to give up my crock pot? No siree! Here are a few recipes that I've tried out on my family with great results, and with my diet intact!

Ginger Garlic Beef with Snow Peas

Take a 2 1/2 lb. boneless Round Steak, and cut into 4 pieces. Put the beef in your crock pot. In a bowl, whisk together 1 cup of soy sauce, about 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger, 2 cloves of garlic, grated or minced, and 2 tablespoons canola oil. Pour over the beef and put on the crock pot cover. Cook on LOW for 6 hours or until steak is fork tender. Serve with hot, cooked snow peas mixed with sauted mushrooms for the perfect Asian inspired meal.

Lazy Day Split Pea Soup

Pour a 1 lb. bag of split peas into your crock pot and add 2 lbs. of boiled ham, diced up, 3 cloves garlic, minced or grated, 1 medium onion, diced, 3 ribs celery, finely diced, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, 7 cups fresh cold water, and 5 chicken bouillion cubes. Put your crock pot on low and cook for 6 to 7 hours. Lift the lid briefly to give a quick stir 2 or 3 times during the cooking so that the peas don't just stay on the bottom of the crock pot.

Beef and 3 Bean Chili

You'll need 2 lbs. of lean ground beef, browned and drained of any excess fat. As the meat browns, dice 2 medium onions, 1 green pepper, 2 ribs of celery, and mince or grate 3 cloves of garlic and add it all to the crock pot. Add 2 (16 ounce size) cans of diced tomatoes to crock pot. Then, drain and add 2 cans of garbanzo beans, 1 can of butter beans, and 1 can of black beans. Next, add a 15 ounce can of chicken broth, 3 teaspoons chili powder (you can always add more if you'd like), 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Add the browned ground beef and stir into mixture gently. Cover and let cook on LOW for about 6 hours. Top each serving with a drop of low fat yogurt mixed with fresh chives. Garnish with other diet-friendly foods if you'd like.

Diet-friendly recipes and crock pots can get along. Even though it may be difficult at first to come up with recipes for your crock pot that are suitable for your low-glycemic diet, it is not impossible. With just a couple recipes that are tried and true, you will not only be able to stick to your diet, but the whole family will eat healthy, and hearty, too! You and your family no longer have to eat separate meals while you're dieting. Start off with these simple recipes and see if your family won't ask for more! Keep up the good work!

If you set your crock pot aside while you are dieting, now's the time to go ahead and put it back on your counter top, front and center, and give a few new recipes a try. It's not always easy to get beyond the salad and celery sticks when you're starting a new diet, but with just a couple crock pot recipes that have been tweaked to fit a low-glycemic scale, it may not be so difficult after all. Having just a couple recipes ready and waiting makes all the difference in the world when you're trying to eat according to your diet AND feed a hungry family at the same time. Once you start cooking again in your crock pot, you'll feel like you don't have to suffer through your dieting and that means you'll stay with it. Now everybody's happy... and healthy!

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Thank for sharing!