The Checkup: 16 Weight-Loss Gems at Trader Joe’s

• I pretty much always walk into Trader Joe’s with noble intentions and walk out with a reusable tote bag full of Srirarcha-flavored potato chips and peanut brittle. If you are in the same boat, here are 16 dietitian-approved items to throw in your cart this weekend if you’re keeping an eye on your waistline. Consider it your readymade weekend shopping list. [Women’s Health]

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Company Slinging Prepackaged Crock-Pot Meals Comes to Chestnut Hill

What a Crock Meals to Go | Photo via Facebook

What a Crock Meals to Go | Photo via Facebook

Remember when we told you guys about this Crock-Pot trick to make dump meals (unfortunate name, we know), slow-cooker meals that are prepped beforehand so when you’re ready to eat them, you just dump them in the Crock-Pot? Well, my busy friends, it just came to our attention that there’s a local company, What a Crock Meals to Go, that will do ALL of the prep legwork for you so all you have to do is dump the meal in the Crock-Pot come dinner-making time. In other words, they’re making every busy person’s dreams come true.
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The 4-Step Crock Pot Dinner That Will Save You on Busy Days

Photo by Becca Boyd

Photo by Becca Boyd

My least favorite part of using the Crock Pot? Food that comes out hours later with seriously drab colors. Not the case here with this fiery-red Thai-style chicken that uses simple ingredients — and not very many of them, I might add. I also dislike when a Crock Pot recipe’s directions are any more difficult than “mix ingredients in Crock Pot and cook for eight hours.” I mean, if it’s supposed to be easy, it better be easy. This recipe fits the bill: All it takes is four very easy steps, and you’ve got dinner. And you barely have to spend any time in the kitchen! (Hello, lifesaver on busy days.)

After making this, my house smelled stupendous all day and the meal tasted even better than it smelled. I suggest you whip this up tonight then pack leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch to eat over torn butter lettuce for an almost too good to be true two-for-one meal. Read more »

This Hands-Off Dinner Recipe Will Become Your New Favorite for Spring

Photo by Becca Boyd

Photo by Becca Boyd

Can we talk about how amazing slow cookers are? I threw this soup together in about five minutes — as I finished the breakfast dishes, no less — and as we dug into it later that evening, garnished with chunks of perfect avocado, sharp cheddar and blue corn tortilla chips, conversation had to be temporarily halted. It was too good to talk through. Read more »

The Simple Crock Pot Trick That Knocks Out Weeks of Meals in 30 Minutes

If you dream of going home, collapsing on the couch and binge-watching The Real Housewives of Orange County on a weeknight (Hey, no shame in that game!), but instead almost always end up stuck in the kitchen whipping up dinner after work, get ready to praise the ground we walk on because this genius Crock Pot trick is about to turn your lazy weeknight dreams into a reality. Read more »

What to Eat This Week: 5 Delicious Crock-Pot Creations 

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A crock-pot is a busy person’s best friend: You can throw a few ingredients into it in the morning, go about your insanely hectic day, and come home nine hours later to a beautiful dinner that took just about zero effort. Doesn’t get much better than that, does it?

So for all the busy Be Wellers out there, this week, we’ve rounded up five creative, delicious and healthy dinners that require just about zero manpower—the crock-pot pretty much does it all for you. Bonus: Most of these recipes make upwards up six servings, so you’ll have plenty of leftovers, too. Consider your dinners and lunches covered for the week.

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Greatest Invention Ever? The Smartphone-Controlled Crock Pot

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Photo via Belkin

Cooking just got a whole lot easier, thanks to Belkin’s amazing new smartphone-controlled Crock Pot. Yes. A SMARTPHONE CONTROLLED CROCK POT. No more asking your work-from-home roommate to remember to turn on the Crock Pot for you at 10 a.m. so your dinner is ready at 6 when you get home from work (only me?). Instead, just throw the ingredients into the Crock Pot before you head off to work, then turn it on yourself from your phone once you’re at the office. You can use your phone to check in on your meal throughout the day, too, and adjust the cooking temp. Amazing, right?

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9 Healthy Slow-Cooker Recipes You’ll Love

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I don’t know about you, but 2013 has been pretty darn busy for me thus far, and spending hours in the kitchen is the last thing I want to do after a long day. What’s a girl to do? With a little research (and a lot of mouth-watering foodspiration), I found the perfect solution that only requires one appliance: the Crock Pot.

The following low-calorie recipes each require less than 20 minutes of prep time and, after a day of slow cooking, will taste like you slaved over them for hours. Sound too good to be true? Wait ’til you try them.

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