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42 Summer Dinners You Can Make In The Crock Pot

We’re in it, to win it! Dig in!

1. Slow Cooker Louisiana Cajun-Style Ribs

You can marinate your ribs overnight in a Ziplock for that extra flavor. Not mandatory though!

2. Slow Cooker Jambalaya

*Sings that The Capenters song while eating. LOL! *

3. Crock Pot Brown Sugar Ham

So delicious. This is my family’s guilty pleasure!

4. Crock Pot Pork Chops

Tender and juicy chops with gravy! Slurp!

5. Crock Pot Honey Pork and Apples

The fruity and meaty fusion in this dish is something you can’t say no to!

6. Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

The insanely tender chicken really goes well with the rice. I had a lot on my plate!

7. Instant Pot Philly Cheesesteak Pasta

Flavorful, easy to make and gets cooked in 30 minutes!

8. Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

Rice and beef is always a good pair!

9. Crock Pot Beef Stew

Easy, hearty and comforting!

10. Slow Cooker Barbacoa

I love how crunchy this is. Crrrunnncchh!

11. Crock Pot Coconut Rice and Beans

The rice is creamy and filling.  I always use brown rice in the slow cooker because it holds up much better than white rice.

12. Cilantro Lime Rice

This recipe is flavorful without being overwhelming so it pairs perfectly with any tacos, enchiladas, burritos, etc

13. Cuban Chicken and Black Bean Rice Bowls

Full of life, spice and flavor!

14. Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Rice Bowls

Top with some scallions and avocado and you’re bound to have a sumptuous dinner!

15. Crock Pot Loaded Baked Beans

I personally love the beans and beef, but for my family we had to tweak it and add bacon.

16. Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki Bowls

Also a perfect way to incorporate more veggies in your kids dinner!

17. Coconut Quinoa Curry

Curry in a slow cooker? Why not!

18. Vegan Sloppy Joes

All the flavor, but not the guilt!

19. Vegan Mushroom Bourguignon with Potato Cauliflower Mash

You can cook the cauliflower and potatoes separately if you desire.

20. Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes

Top with an over-easy egg and have a perfect breakfast!

21. Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Chicken

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Easy to make with only 5 ingredients and can be in a rice bowl, on top of nachos or inside a burrito!

22. Instant Pot Lentil Tacos

Tacos that won’t have your waistline expand!

23. Instant Pot Lime Cilantro Rice

Can be paired with your favorite Mexican dishes!

22. Instant Pot Mexican Casserole

You can wrap this on a tortilla!

23. Easy Herb and Mustard Roasted Potatoes

Garlicky and healthy! Also perfect for reheating for tomorrow’s breakfast!

24. Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

You can eat them alone or as a meal with some matching side dish.

25. Slow Cooker Thai Yellow Curry

The perfect weeknight dinner for someone who can’t be bothered to prepared a ton of things!

26. Slow Cooker Ratatouille

Perfect for summer but I can eat this any day!

27. Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies

Just throw everything into the pot and wait for it to be cooked!

26. Instant Pot Pho

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Thai food in the comfort of your own home!

27. Slow Cooker Mexican Quinoa and Black Beans

You can pair this with some fresh green salad.

28. Slow Cooker Coconut Fish Curry

The fusion of flavors in this dish is too good to be true!

29. Slow Cooker  Lemon Rosemary Lentil Soup

Fresh vegetables, lemon and rosemary become a super hearty soup with minimal effort.

30. Slow Cooker Thai Chicken with Peanut Sauce

Infused with flavor. Perfect with both rice and noodles!

31. Portobello Pot Roast

Pot roast without the beef!

32. Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

Gluten free, Paleo and most of all, as good as ones bought from a restaurant!

33. Vegetarian Quinoa Mexican Bowls with Creamy Avocado Sauce

Perfect if you are cutting a bit from eating rice.

34. Slow Cooker Shredded Hawaiian Chicken

Great for leftovers and can be served warm or cold!

35. Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa

My newest favorite thing to eat at dinner!

36. Slow Cooker Stuffed Bell Peppers

I just love munching on this flavorful dish.

37. Slow Cooker Lentil Bolognese

More reasons to skip meat! This dish is easy to make and budget friendly!

38. Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Perfect for cold nights and when you’re feeling a bit under the weather.

39. Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

It’s okay if you don’t soak your beans ahead of time!

40. Slow Cooker Low Country Boil

Perfect for your weekend dinner on the patio!

41. Slow Cooker Cabbage, Potatoes and Smoked Sausage

This recipe can be refrigerated and stored for a couple of days.

42. Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff

My forever comfort food!

 

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15 Nighttime Workout Tips

Here are some really bright ideas for your night-time to pre-dawn workouts.

1. Team Up With A Buddy

Go out with a buddy or two (or even more) for safer nighttime workouts than when you are alone. If you’re with a group, you’ll be more visible to approaching cars. Moreover, muggers would more likely avoid you if you’re jogging with a pack.

2. Eat At The Right Time

Avoid eating a big dinner just before you go out for your workout. Set your meal two to three hours before exercising.

3. Be Reflective To Stay Visible

To stay visible at night, wear fluorescent colors. Make sure you’re wearing glow-in-the-dark clothing that covers your back and sides—not just your front.

4. Don’t Forget To Sip Water

If you get dehydrated, you can get cramped up. Stay alert with a sip of water during your workout.

5. Run Against The Traffic

When you run against the traffic, you’ll be in a better position to notice an approaching car.

6. Alter Your Routine

Don’t let attackers track your routine. Change up your routes and the times in which you go out for a workout.

7. Pack Up Wisely

Be sure your gadgets are all charged up. Carry your identification card, and have an emergency contact number handy. Bring pepper spray, too!

8. Follow Familiar Paths

In case you’re going out alone, stay close to home and follow familiar paths. Avoid streets that are usually dim and too quiet.

9. Don’t Carry Jewelry

Avoid wearing anything that can attract robbers!

10. Have A Backup Place To Run To

Familiarize yourself with the nearest stores and their opening hours. Keep them in mind in case you have to run to them for safety.

11. Trust Your Intuition

In case you’d suspect something could be wrong, just follow your intuition. Avoid going out if you feel something might happen on that particular night.

12. Get Your Keys Ready

Keep your key handy and get it ready just before you arrive home so you can quickly get in.

13. Leave Your Earbuds At Home

Music can be a huge distraction during nighttime workouts. You could get hit by a car if you don’t hear it approaching you in dim light!

14. Take Precaution

Working out in low light always has its dangers. As much as possible, stay on sidewalks or bike lanes, and pay attention to cars that might cross your way!

15. Plan, Plan, Plan

Set a plan for your nighttime exercise routine. You only have a few hours to spare at night; So when you hit the road, be sure you’re already ready with what you have to do.

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11 De-Bloating Tricks Ranked By Effectiveness

Feeling bloated? I know how awful and discomforting that feels. So, here are 11 de-bloating tricks you can try to get your tummy back on track.

1. Avoid or reduce intake of gas-producing foods

2. Put away the salt shaker

3. Watch your fiber intake

4. Stop chewing gum.

5. Drink plenty of fluids

6. Avoid carbonated beverages

7. Gulp Green Tea

8. Apple Cider Vinegar

9. Eat potassium-rich foods.

10. Dandelion Tea

11. Consider taking a magnesium pill.

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10 Healthy Habits to Prevent Weight Gain at Work

Actually, it’s not that hard to get trim while on the job.

1. Drink Water All Day

Going for the soda can give you 715 calories throughout the whole week! Just stay hydrated with nature’s most useful beverage: water. Make sure you have your own bottle of water right by your desk!

2. Pass Up On The Candy Bowls

Never mind dismissing the fun. Just stick to your dietary plan and politely deny the candy bars.

3. Store Healthy Snacks In The Fridge

Do you feel you might be tempted by coworkers snacking on baked goodies? Go and stack fruits in the fridge just in case! Munch on these before you pick those fat-laden offers.

4. Sweat Out By Noontime

Do you find yourself idling around during noon breaks? Why don’t you use that precious time to go for a walk, a jog, or a cycling session? Take note, too, that physical exercise can actually activate your brain and make you better ready to face a few more work hours in the afternoon!

5. Avoid The Elevator

If you’re a little early, take the stairs instead of the elevator! Grab every opportunity to shake off those extra pounds.

6. Take A Huge Salad With You For Lunch

Save your health as well as your own pocket by bringing a homemade salad for lunch! You can have baked tofu, grilled chickpeas, and some greens to keep you in your best shape even in your workplace. Just vary your lunch box content every day so you won’t get discouraged or bored!

7. See Some Sunlight

During breaks, try to expose yourself to sunlight. It has a slimming effect!

8. Rise Above the Stressors

You may really avoid stressors, but you can at least rise above the stress. Breathe. Relax. You can make it!

9. Maintain A Minty Breath To Avoid Snacking

After a full, healthy meal, go ahead and brush up. The minty aftertaste will remind you that you were already done eating. Those chocolate candy offers should never have to tempt you too easily again!

10. Avoid Staying Up Late

Still burning the midnight oil as an employee? Better ditch the habit or you’ll gain weight! Go home early and sleep well for 8 hours.

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