Crockpots are amazing for meal prep! You can prep a huge batch of your favorite protein to use in many different dishes or make an entire meal. We rounded up some of the best healthy meal prep crockpot recipes.
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Starting Your Crockpot At Weird Times
Even when you don’t have time for meal prep, you can still get creative on your timing to use the crockpot to cook for you while you’re out and about.
One of the toughest scenarios is when you’re out of town or super busy on the weekend. It definitely makes it hard to get prepped for the week.
The good new is that weekend trips don’t have to ruin your meal plans! My favorite trick for when I’m getting home Sunday night is to dump everything in the slow cooker right before I go to bed. Then I can wake up to food ready to go to the office for lunch.
Throwing something in the slow cooker at night might sound weird but it’s a foolproof backup plan and you’ll wake up to the house smelling amazing.
Chicken Breasts & Crockpot Meal Prep
The truth is that lean chicken breasts are tough to cook in a crockpot. Big hunks of meat like pork and beef get more tender with time but chicken breasts do not.
A lot of people struggle with the texture of chicken breasts from a slow cooker. Some recipes tell you to brown the chicken by searing it in a pan first before putting it in the slow cooker to improve the flavor, but this is extra work. If you’re pulling out the skillet, just fully cook the chicken on the dang skillet and be done with it.
Try these tips if you struggle with chicken breast texture or dryness:
- Try using skinless chicken thighs. Trim the excess fat off of the thighs to prevent the dish from getting extra greasy. Thighs don’t dry out as much and have a bit more flavor.
- Avoid slow cooker recipes that just make chicken (ie: buffalo chicken that goes in lettuce wraps). Stick with chicken soups, stews, and recipes that have lots of sauce and veggies to help balance out the texture.
- Cook for less time: most slow cooker recipes say 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low. Stay on the lower end of the spectrum and this can reduce the dryness issue.
Have any tricks or tips on how you’ve worked your magic with chicken breasts in a slow cooker? Leave a comment at the bottom and share your knowledge. Now, on to the recipes…
Neutral Slow Cooker Recipes for Protein Meal Prep
Use these plain protein recipes if you want to cook up a big batch to use across salads, bowls, etc. Just make sure you have some dressing or sauces planned out to add so the meal doesn’t taste bland.