Boosting Nutrition in Your Slow Cooker Recipes with Wheat Germ
As the weather cools down, our appetites shift from craving fresh, cold salads to warm, toasty soups, stews and casseroles. And there’s no better way to make them than in a slow cooker.
The slow cooker makes easy work for meal prep. Once you’ve added all your recipe ingredients to the slow cooker, you can usually leave it unattended for hours. For those not so skilled in the kitchen, there’s less chance of burning foods with a slow cooker because it cooks at a low temperature. You can also save some money when slow cooking by buying less expensive cuts of meat, such as pork shoulder, which work well here because the long cooking time acts as a tenderizer.
To boost nutrition in your favorite slow cooker recipes, try incorporating Kretschmer Wheat Germ. Sprinkling in two tablespoons adds just 50 calories, plus you’ll increase the dish’s protein, vitamin E, folic acid, magnesium, thiamin, phosphorous and zinc. Wheat germ has no sodium and it contains heart-healthy polyunsaturated fat. Here's how to add it to your favorite slow cooker dishes:
1. Coat meat with wheat germ. When making beef stew like our Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Wheat Germ, it’s best to brown the meat before putting it in the slow cooker. Coating the meat with wheat germ and flour before browning gives it a rich flavor and helps brown the meat. You can also mix wheat germ into meatballs before cooking them in the slow cooker, like in this Zesty Meatballs recipes.
2. Mix wheat germ into the sauce. This not only ups the nutrient density but adds flavor and texture. You can add a couple tablespoons of wheat germ in at the beginning of cook time, or mix it into the sauce just before serving. Try it in both meat-based and vegetarian dishes, like this Spicy Chickpea and Spinach Curry recipe.
3. Use it as a garnish. Because of wheat germ’s nutty flavor, it pairs nicely with desserts, especially a brown rice pudding made in the slow cooker. Sprinkle it on top to garnish the pudding along with some raisins or other dried fruit, fresh mango and your favorite nuts.
How do you use your slow cooker to create delicious dinners?