An Easy Crockpot Recipe to Enjoy All Week Long

Meal prepping is a must for me when it comes to eating nourishing foods all week long. I’ve learned that if I don’t have healthy meals already in my fridge at the end of a long work day, then I end up eating whatever food is easily accessible. That usually means take out or a PB&J, which leaves me feeling bloated and with less energy the next day.

I love using the Crockpot for my meal prepping during the winter because you just can’t beat a warm meal waiting for you when you get home! This is one of my favorite Crockpot recipes. It’s a fast and easy prep, and you can use ingredients you have on hand.

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Ingredients

  • 1-2lbs of Beef Shank Bones
  • Sea salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper to taste (This is my favorite winter day mix. Play around with different spices to change it up!)
  • Vegetables used this round: 2 sweet potatoes, 2 cups of shredded green cabbage and carrots, 4 tomatoes, 1/2 yellow onion, 4 crushed garlic cloves (I used what I had on hand. This is a great way to use up the vegetables that are on their last legs).
  • 2 cups of water

Directions

  1. Throw veggies (except for the garlic and tomatoes) into the bottom of the crockpot along with the paprika and cayenne pepper.
  2. Sprinkle the sea salt and black pepper to both sides of the beef, then add the beef on top of your layer of veggies in the crockpot.
  3. Slice your tomatoes in quarters and crush slightly over the crockpot to release juices. Then add on top of the meat along with the garlic cloves.
  4. Pour water over everything then cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  5. Enjoy!

This recipe makes for a great foundation to meals for the rest of the week. During the winter, I almost always have spaghetti squash on hand so I will mix that in for an extra shot of veggies and my version of spaghetti with meat sauce. This recipe is also a delicious start to Taco Tuesday!

FYI, the extra broth and bones make for a fantastic beef bone broth which is full of nutrients and great for healing the body!

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