A slow cooker is a dream for an athlete with a busy lifestyle. It’s an easy way to cook up tasty, nutritious meals with minimal effort.
It’s a wonderful feeling to come home from a hard workout to a balanced meal with high protein content that’s ready to eat.
To help with inspiration for what to put in your slow cooker, Built for Athletes has compiled a list of five protein-packed meals.
Nearly any kind of chicken curry is suitable for slow cooking. The flavours from your ingredients will fuse together to make a delicious dish and the chicken will come out irresistibly tender.
Just put your favourite curry recipe into the slow cooker before heading out to train or leaving home for work in the morning, and then cook up some rice in 15 minutes when you get home.
Beef & Mushroom Stew
In the winter months, a hearty stew can be just what you need and slow-cooked beef is always a winner. Pair it with mushrooms, onions and any vegetables in the fridge before serving with potatoes.
Thai Peanut Chicken
To add some flavour to a standard chicken dish, utilise something that’s in most athletes’ cupboards - peanut butter. Add some coconut milk, garlic and honey, and you’ve got a delicious meal, especially if you’re a fan of chicken satay.
Slow cookers tend to be popular among meat-eaters, but there are vegan recipes out there too. Try peppers stuffed with quinoa, black beans, chopped tomatoes and olive oil for a good protein hit.
Honey Sesame Chicken
Sesame chicken is another very easy way to add flavour to a chicken dish. Just mix together honey, soy sauce, ketchup, finely chopped onion, vegetable oil, and crushed in a bowl. Then lay the chicken thighs or breasts in the slow cooker and pour the mixture over the top.
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