Healthy Dinner Hack: The Crockpot Equation

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Now that we are past Halloween, it is really beginning to feel like fall outside! One of the best parts of cooler weather is that soups, stews and warm, hearty dishes come along with it. 

Not only are these dishes delicious and quick to make, but they also pack a nutritional punch! It is easy to pack in a variety of produce into these dishes and get a big pot of flavor. Even better, picky eaters have a harder time distinguishing individual vegetables when everything is mixed together in a warm and flavorful dish. 

For busy times, one of the easiest ways to save time and get a nutritious dinner on the table is to use the crockpot. To make things even easier, we have derived a handy equation to create ANY crockpot recipe using things you have in your pantry and refrigerator! This equation is great for when you don't want to bother with recipes, and just need to get something in-the-works FAST!

There are only three steps to a delicious dinner: 

     1) Throw the ingredients in your pot;

     2) Leave to cook for the day;

     3) Eat! 

Here's the equation:

Dinner = P + V + S + L

P = protein

V = vegetables and/or carbohydrate 

S = seasonings 

L = liquid to cover