Pregnancy can take a lot out of you. If you weren’t busy and tired before, you likely are now. Anything you can do to make your life just a little easier is a blessing, especially when it comes to meal time. Not only do you want to make sure you eat regularly and don’t skip meals, but with gestational diabetes the quality of the meal matters as well.
What you need is something that does most of the work for you, so you are guaranteed a healthy and delicious cooked meal with minimal effort. There is only one thing that can pull all this together, and it isn’t your mother in law. The slow cooker is your new best friend. Simply set it and forget it, until time to eat of course.
Gestational diabetes recipes are all about balanced carbohydrates and lots of healthy, fresh produce. A slow cooker can take these already delicious meals and make them even better. Tender, juicy meat with mouthwatering, perfectly cooked vegetables, in savory juices can be made easily. All of this made even better by the fact that you didn’t have to stand on your already swollen feet for two hours cooking it.
Low Carb Crock Pot Lasagna
1lb lean ground beef or turkey
1 medium yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup mushrooms, chopped
1 cup green, red, and yellow bell peppers, diced
1 can diced fire roasted tomatoes, drained
4 or 5 large zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise
1 large can tomato sauce (or jar of your favorite sauce)
1.5 cups reduced fat ricotta cheese
1.5 cups cottage cheese
In a bowl, mix ricotta and cottage cheese together. Brown beef or turkey, drain excess fat from pan. Add in onions, garlic, bell peppers, and mushrooms and cook down until onion is translucent. Add in diced tomatoes and sauce. In your slow cooker dish, layer sauce mixture, zucchini “noodles”, and ricotta mixture then cook on low for 3-5 hours. Top with Parmesan cheese.
Whole Seasoned Chicken
1 whole chicken
Spice mix or your favorite spices
4 large chopped carrots or 1 small bag of baby carrots
3 large or 4 medium potatoes, chopped
1 large yellow onion, roughly chopped
Spice mix: 3 teaspoons paprika, 2 teaspoons salt, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder
Rub down chicken with spice mix. For best results, put seasoned chicken in a bag and refrigerate overnight. Line the bottom of the slow cooker with onions, and then place the chicken on top and surround with carrots and potatoes. Sprinkle fresh parsley all over. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
The slow cooker is a great way to take a lot of work out of cooking delicious and healthy meals. Every meal you eat is important when you are pregnant, especially when you have gestational diabetes. Take some of the pressure off your busy life by breaking out your slow cooker and trying these easy, gestational diabetes friendly slow cooker recipes. For more information on gestational diabetes, click here.