4 Easy and Nutrient-Dense Crockpot Winter Creations
Crockpot meals are a great choice for seniors who need meals that are easy to make and full of nutrients. They offer the convenience of set-and-forget cooking, allowing for the slow infusion of flavors and nutrients. Each dish is quick to prepare with minimal ingredients and is ideal for the dietary needs of older adults.
Comforting Chicken Slow Cooker Soup
This recipe, packed with tender chicken, hearty veggies, and aromatic herbs, is ideal for soothing and satisfying on a cold winter day.
2 pounds chicken thighs, diced and skinned
3 medium carrots, cut into ½-inch pieces (1 ¼ cups)
1 celery root, cut into ½-inch pieces (2 cups)
1 medium leek, white and light green parts only, cleaned, chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
2 fresh thyme sprigs
2 fresh sage sprigs
1 fresh rosemary sprig
1 bay leaf
1 ½ teaspoons table salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 cups chicken broth
2 cups wide egg noodles
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- Place chicken, vegetables, and spices in a 6-quart crockpot. Leave the egg noodles, parsley, and lemon juice to the side. Cover and cook on low for six hours or until the chicken and vegetables are tender.
- Add the noodles and parsley and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the noodles are tender. Stir in lemon juice, serve, and enjoy!
Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Enjoy the rich, hearty flavors of this dish. Perfect for cold winter days. This is easy to make and will fill your home with an enticing aroma.
4 pounds chuck roast
1 cup water
1 onion, chopped
4 carrots, peeled and sliced
4 potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon tarragon
1/4 teaspoon oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
- Season the roast with salt and pepper.
- Place the roast in the crockpot and add the rest of the ingredients.
- Cook on low for approximately 8 hours.
The roast should be at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Simple Chicken and Rice
Indulge in the heartiness of this chicken and rice dish. This easy one-pot meal is comforting and complete with no fuss.
1.5 pounds of chicken breast
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 chicken bouillon cube
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 16oz bag of frozen broccoli
1 cup rice
3 cups water
- Combine all ingredients and place them in the crockpot.
- Cook on low for 8 hours.
You can leave the chicken breasts whole or chop them if you desire.
Hearty Overnight Breakfast Casserole
Imagine waking up to the welcoming aroma of a fully cooked breakfast on a chilly morning. Our overnight breakfast casserole cooks as you sleep, ensuring a warm and flavorful start to your day.
4 cups of thawed frozen hash browns
1 pound of lean breakfast sausage, bacon, or ham (you can use precooked)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup chopped onion
2 cups chopped red bell peppers
12 large eggs
1 ½ cups milk
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional: veggies of your choice
- Spray the bottom and sides of a 6-8 quart crockpot with non-stick cooking oil.
- Spread 2 cups of hash browns in an even layer on the bottom of the crockpot. Sprinkle hash browns with salt and pepper.
- Add an even layer of half of the cooked meat over the hash browns.
- Sprinkle 1 cup of shredded cheese in a layer over the meat.
- Add a layer of onions and peppers over the cheese.
- Repeat the layers and top with the remaining shredded cheese.
- In a large bowl, beat eggs and milk with a whisk until well blended.
- Pour egg mixture over the layers and place the lid on your crockpot.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until eggs are cooked throughout.
Savor the Winter Season with Easy Crockpot Meals
Our winter crockpot recipes are all about making cooking quick and healthful. They're ideal for seniors or anyone who wants to stay warm and nourished during the winter. These dishes demonstrate that you don't have to go to great lengths to eat well. Keep those crockpots simmering this season and stay healthy and warm.